Prince Harry Recalls Mother's Death, Reduced to Tears During Meeting With Brazilian Children
Prince Harry admitted he was "completing overwhelmed" at hearing stories of young Brazilian children who have lost a parent to drugs, violence or prison, as he recalled losing his own mother.
"Some of the children’s stories in Diadema have reduced me to tears, but the smiles on their faces show the positive impact their community in having on them and the success of ACER [The Association for Support for Children at Risk]," he said.
It was two sisters whose grandmother is raising them as orphans after their mother's murder and their father's incarceration on drug charges that tugged at Harry's heartstrings, who lost his own mother, the late Princess Diana of Wales, to a car crash in 1997 when he was 12.told the U.K.'s The Telegraph. "I wanted to talk about my own experiences but there is not point because it is just so far removed."
"I wanted to use my experiences in a very small way to try to give them a bit of understanding that I see what you’re going through, but you hear the stories and think that’s nothing to what they have been through," he said.
Harry spent the day Wednesday (June 25, 2014) playing soccer with underprivileged children and showed off his royal sense of humor when he planted the traditional tree in the country’s rainforest, joking "Planting trees, it's what we do."