It left “a huge void inside me”. Prince Harry talks about the death of his mother Diana in the preface of ‘Hospital by the hill’, a book dedicated to the children of British health workers who lost their lives due to Covid. The Princess of Wales died in 1997 when her second child was 12 years old.
“If you are reading this book, it is because you have lost your parents or a loved one, and although I wish I could hug you right now, I hope this story will be able to comfort you in knowing that you are not alone,” he writes.
That void was filled “with love and support,” added Harry. We may think that a loved one we have lost will never be with us again, Harry still muses, but “I have found that they always remain by our side.” And it doesn’t matter whether “you feel lonely, sad, or angry, because I can promise you will feel better and stronger once you feel ready to talk about it,” he comments.
Written by Chris Connaughton and illustrated by Fay Troote, the book will be donated to children who have lost their parents at the forefront of the fight against covid as part of the National Day of Reflection next week, a government initiative to mark the anniversary of start of the lockdown in the UK.