Prince Harry still grieves over Princess Diana’s death

Another reminder that there is no time-limit to the grieving process, we all heal in our own ways, in our own time.

Prince Harry visiting The Caribbean, Novembre 2016, Antigua. Paul Edwards | News Syndication | Redux

Prince Harry lost his mother, Princess Diana, at the age of 12. That crucial age where adolescence is around the corner, when kids go through a myriad of physical and emotional changes and one of the only things that can help keep the chaos in check is a loving mom and dad. And, even if we didn’t know her personally, we all know just how much Princess Diana loved her sons: although she stunned in beautiful gowns for charity events, she radiated true joy and happiness when cuddled up to her boys, and the feeling seemed mutual.

In the years following her death, Harry was carefully guided through his education, away from the public eye as much as possible. We could only imagine the impact of his mother’s tragic accident, and hope that he and older brother William would be coping with the right scaffolding. But Prince Harry recently revealed in a documentary for ITV, “I never really dealt with what had happened. It was a lot of buried emotion,” saying that “for a huge part of my life I didn’t really want to think about it.”

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He continued, “I now view life very differently from what it used to be. I used to bury my head in the sand, and let everything around you tear you to pieces.” Whereas now, being in a position to help, the prince seems to be following in his late mother’s footsteps. He says he is “energized, fired up, to be lucky enough to be in a position to make a difference.”

And what difference is the charming Prince Harry making, you ask? Well, many people know that Harry is completely committed to helping injured, sick, or wounded servicemen and women, which he does through charity events such as the Invictus Games. He is also heavily involved in charities for young vulnerable people needing guidance and support through The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and patron of Sentebale, a charity providing support and guidance to the children and youth of Lesotho in Africa. He set up the organization along with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, whom he met in 2014, in memory of both of their mothers.

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When Harry arrived in Africa he had one clear goal: to make his mother proud. He wasn’t sure exactly what he was going to do but he found his purpose when he was surrounded by those a lot less fortunate than himself. Although the fifth-in-line to the British throne might have been lost in his grief, it seems that this same grief is guiding him to continue his mother’s work, in helping society’s vulnerable. It also is a great lesson to us all in realizing that there is no time-limit to the grieving process, we all heal in our own ways, in our own time.

And the legacy of his grief is when he talks of his “love for Africa that will never disappear. And I hope it carries on with my children as well.” We’re hoping that this new invigorated Harry might have finally found some inner peace and that maybe these children he hopes to have will come sooner rather than later, considering he seems to be very serious about his new American girlfriend, Meghan Markle, who herself is a keen humanitarian, as Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada, visiting Rwanda for part of the Clean Water Campaign. Maybe the perfect match? (A couple that bonds over kindness surely can’t be bad!) Only time will tell, but either way, we can be sure of one thing: Harry will continue on his mission to heal his own heart, and the hearts and lives of others.

 

Cerith Gardiner
Cerith Gardiner

Cerith Gardiner was born in London and has been living in Paris for 14 years. She spends her time working as an English consultant, acting as taxi driver to her four children, and wondering if she’ll ever be as stylish as the French.

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