Prince Harry, who lost his mom at age 12, had touching words of advice for a young boy whose mom had also passed away.
“Life will always be alright, you know that?” Harry told the boy, who had lined up to greet Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in Auckland, New Zealand on Tuesday. “I made it to 34-years-old and life is great.”
“I have a beautiful wife and a baby on the way,” Harry added, pointing to Meghan, who is expecting the couple’s first child. “Your life is going to be sorted. Don’t you worry about that.”
The touching moment Prince Harry comforts a young boy during the #RoyalTourNZ after his mother recently passed away. Diana would be so proud ?? https://t.co/74vImH9DO3 #RoyalTour pic.twitter.com/QzsvyvgRk7— news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) October 30, 2018
The boy also gave Prince Harry a letter, which Harry tucked into his coat pocket.
The emotional moment came just a few months after the 21st anniversary of Princess Diana’s death at age 36 in a Paris car crash. Princes William and Harry were just 15 and 12, respectively, when she died.
“Life will always be alright, you know that? I made it to 34-years-old and life is great. I have a beautiful wife and a baby on the way. Your life is going to be sorted. Don’t you worry about that.
Harry has spoken publicly about how he "shut down all [his] emotions” for almost two decades due to the grief over the death of his mother.
He credits his brother, Prince William, with encouraging him to seek out mental health support to help him deal with his anger and his pain.
William and his wife, Kate, and Harry and Meghan have made mental health a focus of their charitable work through The Royal Foundation.
Harry and Meghan also focused on mental health during their 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.
While in Australia, the couple visited the iconic Bondi Beach in Sydney, where they joined a sunrise mental health session with the OneWave Organization, a local group that works to raise awareness for mental health.
? Joining the ‘Anti Bad Vibe Circle’ at Bondi Beach, as people of all ages from the OneWave Community share their experiences of mental health issues with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex #RoyalVisitAustralia pic.twitter.com/fgwIR8my3s— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 18, 2018