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Milica Cosic

Harry's moving letter to bereaved children evokes 'his own grief' over Diana's death

Prince Harry's moving letter to bereaved children says 'more about his own pain' following his mother, Princess Diana 's death, an expert has claimed.

The Duke of Sussex wrote an personal and emotional letter for the bereaved British forces children to honour Remembrance Sunday, despite being at home in Montecito, California.

He penned the letter to the charity Scotty's Little Soldiers, which is a charity dedicated at supporting children and young people whose parents have died while serving in the Armed Forces.

The Duke of Sussex started off his letter quite emotionally, by writing: “We share a bond…because we share in having lost a parent. I know first hand the pain and grief that comes with loss…you are not alone.”

Prince Harry's heartfelt gesture to military children as he missed the Cenotaph ceremony this year (scobie/Twitter)
A royal expert has said that any time Harry speaks to those who have have lost their parents at a young age, it 'triggers' him (Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

He then continued: "While difficult feelings will come up today as we pay tribute to heroes like your mum or dad, I hope you can find comfort and strength in knowing that their love for you lives and shines on.

"Whenever you need a reminder of this, I encourage you to lean into your friends at Scotty's Little Soldiers.

"One of the ways I've learnt to cope has been through community and talking about my grief and I couldn't be more grateful and relieved that you have amazing people walking beside you throughout your journey.

"We all know some days are harder than others but together those days are made easier."

In gratitude and appreciation for Harry's message, the official Twitter account for the charity, @CorporalScotty, tweeted: "Today on Remembrance Sunday our members have received a very special letter from Prince Harry."

Body language expert and speech analyst Judi James has said that there are certain phrases and words that Prince Harry uses in his message that are symbolic, reports The Express.

The expert noted that there is a similar tone and technique which both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex use when addressing people (Getty Images)

She started off by saying that there is a technique that both Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, use when dealing with issues revolving grief, financial hardship, racism or misogamy, saying that they use emphatic empathy in order to help them understand other people's emotions.

According to Judi, any instance of children or youngsters who have lost their parents 'triggers' the Duke of Sussex and reminds him about the loss of his mother, who was tragically killed in a car crash in 1997.

She claimed: "This very sweet-toned letter to children who have lost parents in conflict triggers Harry’s emotional responses to the loss of his mother and he is keen to let the children know that he shares their pain because he has also suffered.

"This is a commonly-used technique of empathy."

Princess Diana was tragically killed in a car crash in 1997 (Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

However, Judi also suggests that "grieving people" might appreciate a different tone and there is a mixed response on just how well harry does this.

While his letter is very personal in telling the children that they 'share a bond', and addressing a lot of issues in first person, Harry uses the word 'share' twice, Judi notes, questioning if there is 'any sharing in grief?'.

The speech analyst also opined that Harry 'evokes his own grief' to help him not only understand the grief of other children but to also help them with their own confidence.

She claimed: "The Duke of Sussex clearly seems to find it easier to understand the grief of children who have lost parents on the battlefield and to reach out to them verbally by evoking his own grief at the loss of his mother."

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