Prince Harry Opens Up About 'Missing' Mum Princess Diana After Birth Of Baby Archie
Prince Harry spoke about missing his late mum following the birth of his first child with Meghan Markle, Archie.
After a whirlwind few days in which the world was introduced to his adorable bub, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the Duke of Sussex has apparently spoken candidly about missing his mum, Princess Diana, especially during this time.
Travelling to The Netherlands to launch the official countdown to the Invictus Games in The Hague next year as Meghan and baby Archie stayed in Windsor, the loveable royal opened up to Dennis van der Stroon -- a former soldier who hopes to compete for The Netherlands Invictus team.
Cycling around the site for the Games, Dennis revealed that he chatted with the prince, describing the conversation as “amazing and emotional”.
“At a certain moment, we just got connected on this level,” Dennis said. “We talked about how my wife, Mireille, is 20 weeks pregnant with our first child, a girl, and he told me how special it was that his son has just been born."
“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,” he continued.
“Above all, he said he was just amazed by the miracles in the world, and how his child has made a lot of 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.”
Both men found a lot of common ground during their discussion -- with both being veterans and both having experienced the loss of their mums, with Dennis' mother passing away from chronic lung disease in 2014.
“I told Harry about my mother and we talked about our shared experience of missing a mom,” Dennis said.
“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. 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.”
Diana, Princess of Wales, died in hospital on the 31st of August, 1997, as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. Her companion, Dodi Fayed, and the driver of the Mercedes S280, Henri Paul, were pronounced dead at the scene.