Prince Harry always knows the right the thing to say, especially to those who are trying to work through grief. The royal recently reassured a pair of siblings, who like him have lost their mother, that things will “get better.”
Eleven-year-old Emily Briggs and her brother Isaac, 13, met Harry at the annual rugby match between the Royal Navy and Army Twickenham stadium in London on Saturday (Apr. 29). The 32-year-old offered support and comfort to the pair after learning that their mother died in a cycling accident last year.
The young girl told the The Telegraphthat Harry gave them wonderful advice and promised that there is light at the end of the tunnel. “He just told us everything will be OK, even though everything seems really bad at the moment, it will get better,” Emily explained, adding that it was “really nice” to meet him.
Her older brother Isaac chimed in, telling the British publication that the 32-year-old is a “normal guy” and mentioned that the two bonded over similar interests and their shared experience of losing a parent at the same age. “We talked about the cadets, we talked about rugby, about losing parents — he was the same age I was and [it happened] in kind of a similar way,” recalled Isaac.
The kids’ royal meeting was arranged by their father Matt Briggs, who managed to get in touch with Harry through an acquaintance. He referred to the chat they had as a “very, very special moment.
“I think especially for them [it’s important] they know his story,” Matt said, adding that he let his children speak with Harry without him. “Your grief as a husband is different to grief as a child, I just wanted to stand back and let them have that moment.”
Just last month, the prince spoke candidly about the struggles he faced following the death of his mother Princess Diana in 1997. “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life, but my work as well,” he told host Bryony Gordon on The Telegraph’s mental health podcast Mad World.
Now, Harry is in a better place, both mentally and emotionally, after seeking professional treatment from a therapist and is spending time with his family and girlfriend Meghan Markle.