Prince Harry Speaks Out on Grief, Urges Children to Share Emotions, Supports Scotty’s Little Soldiers in Helping Bereaved Military Children

Prince Harry has recently appeared in a heartfelt video discussing the importance of addressing grief, especially among children and young people.

In his role as a global ambassador for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity supporting children who have lost parents in the military, Harry shared his personal insights shaped by the loss of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, when he was just 12 years old.

Understanding Grief and Emotions

Reflecting on his own experience, Harry emphasized how easy it is for kids to feel they must remain sad to honor their lost loved ones.

“It’s so easy as a kid to think… that the person you’ve lost wants you… to be sad for as long as possible,” he shared.

However, he stressed the importance of realizing that the deceased would want their loved ones to find happiness.

The Challenge of Talking About Grief

Harry acknowledged the difficulty many face in discussing their emotions, especially children who may fear that talking about their loss will only deepen their sadness.

He highlighted the misconception that avoiding talking about grief is the best coping mechanism.

“If I do talk about it, I’m celebrating their life,” he noted, suggesting that opening up can ultimately ease the emotional burden.

Supporting Bereaved Children

The emotionally-charged video, recorded during his last visit to the UK in May, featured Harry conversing with Nikki Scott, founder of Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Scott, who founded the charity after her husband’s death in Afghanistan, shared her own poignant journey of explaining the loss to her young son.

The charity, which currently supports over 680 children, aims to provide crucial support to military families facing bereavement.

Looking Ahead

In anticipation of Armed Forces Day, the video aims to raise awareness about the ongoing needs of bereaved military children in the UK.

Harry expressed admiration for Scott’s initiative, describing it as “truly inspirational.”

He pledged continued support to expand the charity’s reach and provide essential resources to more children in need.

Impact and Future Goals

Scotty’s Little Soldiers estimates that each year, around 2,100 children in the UK experience the loss of a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.

Through his involvement, Prince Harry hopes to amplify support and foster a community where grieving children receive the care and understanding they deserve.

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