Attending The Hague in the Netherlands to launch the one-year countdown to the Invictus Games, the Prince was open to talking about his new baby boy and how much he missed his mum.

Speaking to former soldier, Dennis van der Stroon, Harry talked about the tragic loss of his mother.

“[Prince Harry] 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,” van der Stroon told The Daily Mail.

“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.”

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The Duke of Sussex today attended the official launch of The Invictus Games The Hague 2020. The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. Sport has the power to help people physically and psychologically. Our mental fitness is the key, because without it we fail to operate efficiently; but with it your physical performance and potential are exponentially improved and we have witnessed this over and over again. Thousands of hopeful competitors around the world are training hard, putting the hours in and aiming to represent their country once again at next years’ Games. 19 nations will be represented in The Hague, standing shoulder to shoulder, and showing the world what teamwork, friendship and loyalty really means. In these challenging times these values are more important than ever. It is your resilience, your determination and your courage which draw crowds in their thousands. Leaving them feeling more inspired, moved and proud than they ever thought possible. You have already proved – anything is possible. Make these games your own. We chose you for a reason. And it wasn’t just because I like the colour orange! Thank you all for guarding the Invictus Spirit and see you in 2020. – The Duke of Sussex

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“Harry talked about how having a small child was his new focus and new goal and I told him how a couple of months ago, I was struggling with my mental health but my wife’s pregnancy has given me a goal.”

Harry also reportedly told the ex-soldier that he was “amazed by the miracles in the world” and that he was aware his new child had made people happy.

“He also told me he’s really happy that his son is so far very quiet. ”

But he also told me not to make too many plans and that there’s no way you can plan for when the baby arrives.”

I can totally relate to what Harry is saying. I lost my own mum 7 years ago next month. It’s like having your security blanket snatched away from you. You really never feel secure ever again.

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  • Such a personal loss in such a public stage.


  • Sorry Tracy for the loss of your mum. It’s inspiring reading what Harry has to say, opening up and being honest, not afraid to express his emotions and show how he feels. Very sad.


  • That whole Diana thing was just so awful and handled so badly. I can still see those two boys walking behind their mums funeral cortège. So so sad. I lost my dad 10 years ago this year, mum is still alive, we weren’t close for a long time so I wasn’t that affected


  • Losing a parent is terrible but losing a parent as a child is so sad and unfair.


  • I do agree with everything Harry says. He has a very deep and caring soul just like his Mother had.


  • It’s important to talk about these things.


  • Love his openess!


  • I just noticed how much he looks like his grandfather in this pic!


  • I love how open he is about his grief and how he is coping.


  • I couldn’t imagine losing my Mum at any age. But as a child it really would influence the rest of your life


  • It would have been really sad for him not having the joy and excitement to be able to give the news of baby son, Archie to his Mother


  • I think losing her when he was so young probably increased the impact.


  • I think it depends on the relation you have with your mother. He surely loved his mum and he was very affected by her death.


  • A special person


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