Prince Harry was overcome
with emotion as he opened up about the tragic death of his mother,
Princess Diana, during a moving speech on Thursday, 26
November. Speaking at the opening of Mamohato Children’s Centre in
Lesotho, Africa?, the royal described the profound effect his mother’s
passing had on him—specifically, how it’s been able to help him relate
to the orphans he’s been inspired to help.
“I knew there would always
be a gaping hole that could never be filled,?” the 31-year-old
admitted. “The children at the center were far younger than me, and of
course, their situation was a great deal more challenging than my
own. Nonetheless, we shared a similar feeling of loss, having a loved
one—in my case a parent—snatched away so suddenly.”?
It’s Diana’s philanthropic
spirit that has motivated the prince to give back. “It’s equally
important, if not more so, to do the stuff behind the scenes,” he explained earlier
this year. “It’s something that our mother did a lot. And that’s the
time you really get to learn. You get the experiences and you actually
get the honest truth out of people.”?
Having founded the
orphanage in association with his charity, Senteble, Prince William’s
little brother honoured their mom’s memory by naming one of the
building’s dining halls after her. In the same vein of Lady
Di’s dedication to those suffering from HIV and AIDS, Harry’s
new establishment was built to house children who’ve lost their parents
to the life-threatening virus. ?