Prince Harry says Princess Diana's death left 'huge hole' inside him

Prince Harry has written the foreword for a new book aimed at the children of frontline workers who died in the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing the ‘huge hole’ left from his own mother, Princess Diana’s death.

Harry lost his mother at the age of 12 when she died in a car accident in France at the age of 36.

 Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince Harry on holiday in Majorca, Spain on August 10, 1987.
Prince Harry has written about the death of his mother, Princess Diana. Photo: Getty Images

The book, called Hospital by the Hill by Chris Connaughton, is the story of a young person whose mother worked at a hospital and died during the pandemic. It is being given to children who have experienced similar losses.

"While I wish I was able to hug you right now, I hope this story is able to provide you comfort in knowing that you're not alone," Prince Harry wrote.


"When I was a young boy I lost my mum. At the time I didn’t want to believe it or accept it, and it left a huge hole inside of me.

Hospital By The Hill
Prince Harry wrote the foreward for the book Hospital By The Hill. Photo:

“I know how you feel, and I want to assure you that over time that hole will be filled with so much love and support.

“We all cope with loss in a different way, but when a parent goes to heaven, I was told their spirit, their love and the memories of them do not. They are always with you and you can hold onto them forever. I find this to be true."

In 1997, one year after her divorce from Prince Charles, Princess Diana died in a car accident at age 36 in Paris, France.

Prince William was 15-years-old at the time and Prince Harry was just 12.

Prince Harry attends The Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on December 15, 2017 in Camberley, England. The Sovereign's Parade takes place in the Old College Square at Sandhurst's Royal Military Academy at the end of each term and marks the passing out of Officer Cadets who have completed the commissioning course. Prince Harry graduated from the Royal Military Academy in 2006.
Prince Harry was just 12-years-old when his mother passed away. Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry has spoken over the years about the huge impact his mother’s death has had on him.

In his latest interview with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry said one of his biggest fears with his wife, Meghan Markle, was “history repeating itself”.

Announcing legal action against The Mail on Sunday over the publication of private letters Meghan sent to her father, Thomas Markle, Prince Harry said:

“My deepest fear is history repeating itself. I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”