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Prince Harry pens heartfelt plea in book for bereaved children – ‘I know how you feel’

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The book was written by Chris Connaughton and will be published just before Britain’s National Day of Reflection next week. Next Tuesday, there will be a minute’s silence and a national doorstep vigil to mark the anniversary of the UK’s first Covid lockdown. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, roughly 126,000 people have tragically lost their lives to the killer virus.

Many children have suffered the terrible pain of losing a parent – a situation Prince Harry is only too familiar with.

The Duke of Sussex was only 12 years old when his mother died in a car crash in Paris, while being chased by the paparazzi.

In the foreword to the book, Harry wrote movingly and compassionately about the grief and pain he went through and how he overcame it.

He reached out to the children, saying he knew how they felt.

He said: “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.”

He added: “We all cope with loss in a different way, but when a parent goes to heaven, I was told their spirit, their love and the memories of them do not.

“They are always with you and you can hold onto them forever.

“I find this to be true.”

The Duke of Sussex became involved with the book, after a request from Sally Stanley – the founder of the child bereavement charity Sally Says.

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In a statement, Ms Stanley explained: “Being bereaved of a loved one is very difficult at any time in the life of a child or young person.

“The restrictions that surrounded the close contact of family members during the pandemic make it much harder for them to say goodbye in the way that we are used to.

“I hope that this book will help children and young people to remember their special person whose work was to help others.”

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