By Meaghan Wray
The world was overjoyed when Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan welcomed their first baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6. Despite the happiness and excitement surrounding another child joining the royal fold, something was obviously missing: the love of his his late grandma, Princess Diana.
“It’s very sad that poor Diana isn’t here to see her children getting married and now have babies,” a royal source told People royal correspondent Simon Perry. “And it is so sad for him that she isn’t here, too. Life is so precarious.” The source added “there will be a gap from Harry’s point of view.”
There’s no doubt the new dad is especially missing his mom right now. He carries her memory with him at every royal engagement, especially the ones involving children and vulnerable or marginalized communities, which were Diana’s passion. Many will remember her incredible legacy of working with the homeless in England, her dedication to the LGBTQ community and what she did to break down HIV/AIDS stigma, along with her charitable outreach all over the African continent.
Last week, Harry opened up to former soldier Dennis van der Stroom while visiting the Netherlands after debuting Archie to the world. Dennis is a hopeful candidate for the Dutch Invictus Games team in 2020.
“I told Harry about my mother and we talked about our shared experience of missing a mom. He said missing a mother is like missing some kind of security, how you need that as a son and it falls away when you lose your mother,” Dennis shared of the conversation, according to HELLO! UK.
“He said he meets a lot of people in his work who have lost a mother, father, sister, brother or relatives and when he hears their story, as he heard my story, he said he doesn’t feel so alone.”
In February, Prince Harry wore his heart on his sleeve when he took time to privately comfort a grieving young boy during his trip to Bristol with Meghan. The Duke of Sussex, who lost his mother in 1997, was visiting the Empire Fighting Chance charity when he met Martin Bisp, the organization’s co-founder. Martin opened up to reporters about the private moment: “There was a moment where him and a young person shared an experience. They sat down and asked us to leave the room and talked candidly.”
Lestyn Jones, 15, recounted the conversation to journalists after. “It just got a bit emotional because he mentioned something,” he said. “He knew some stuff about me and the same thing happened to me. We had a chat for about 10 minutes. When we had a group picture at the end he made sure I was standing next to him. They were lovely people. I didn’t expect them to be like that. They were amazing people.”