Prince Harry has penned a heartfelt note reflecting on the emotions he felt following the death of his mother, Princess Diana. The note is the foreword in a book for children of health workers who have lost their lives to the coronavirus pandemic.
The book, Hospital By the Hill tells a story of loss; a young person whose mother dies while working on the frontline at a hospital during the worldwide Covid-19 crisis. Written by Chris Connaughton and illustrated by Fay Troote, the book is free for any child or young person in the UK who has been affected by the loss of a close one.
The Duke of Sussex writes, “If you are reading this book, it’s because you’ve lost your parent or a loved one, and while I wish I was able to hug you right now, I hope this story is able to provide you comfort in knowing that you’re not alone.”
He continues to share, “When I was a young boy I lost my mum. At the time I didn’t want to believe it or accept it, and it left a huge hole inside of me. I know how you feel, and I want to assure you that over time that hole will be filled with so much love and support.”
“They are always with you and you can hold onto them forever. I find this to be true.”
Shedding light on the emotions surrounding loss, Prince Harry assures that it gets better. “You may feel alone, you may feel sad, you may feel angry, you may feel bad,” he writes. “This feeling will pass. And I will make a promise to you – you will feel better and stronger once you are ready to talk about how it makes you feel.”
Ending on a comforting note, he adds, “I hope this book helps remind you of just how special your parents or loved one was. And how special you are too.”