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Prince Harry: mum's death has left a gaping hole in my life

By Tony Jones

Published 27/11/2015

Prince Harry helps a boy use a camera at the Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho, yesterday
Prince Harry helps a boy use a camera at the Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho, yesterday

Prince Harry has spoken of the "gaping hole" left in his life following the death of his mother as his charity launched a landmark centre helping African orphans and other vulnerable youngsters.

As Sentebale's £2m Mamohato Children's Centre was opened in the African nation of Lesotho, Harry movingly described his own experience of bereavement - something many of the children helped by his organisation live with.

He said the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in a 1997 car crash allowed him to empathise with young orphans he met on his first visit to Lesotho in 2004.

The trip inspired him to set up the charity Sentebale with Lesotho's Prince Seeiso to help youngsters in need and others who had lost one or both parents to Aids or had contracted the disease themselves.

Speaking about the plight of the youngsters, Harry told the guests gathered at the centre's opening ceremony: "They 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.

"I, like them, knew there would always be a gaping hole that could never be filled."

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