Prince Harry comforts six-year-old after finding out he lost his mother at a young age as well
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were joined the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern for a walkabout at the Viaduct in Auckland
Prince Harry was seen consoling a six-year-old child after hearing that the little boy had also lost his mother in a touching and emotional exchange on Tuesday in which Harry reassured the child saying, "Life will be alright".
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were seen on a walkabout at the Viaduct in Auckland while they were on their royal tour. The parents-to-be greeted well-wishers who had lined up on the streets to see the royal couple. At one point during the walkabout, Prince Harry was introduced to a six-year-old child Otia Nante by his grandmother Te Nante who gave Harry a letter that her grandson had written.
She then added, "He really looks up to you because he actually lost his mummy too". In an adorable gesture, Harry takes the child's arm and asks how old he was when his mother passed. The child responded saying "nearly one". Harry proceeds to tell him, "Don't you worry about having just one parent, where's your dad?" This is when Otia's grandmother steps in and says that she has been the one raising him.
Harry then looks Otia straight in the eye and says, "Life will always be alright, you know that? I made it to 34 years old and life is great. I have a beautiful wife and a baby on the way. Your life is going to be sorted, don't you worry about that". Harry then posed for a selfie with the little boy.
As reported by news.com.au, Otia's mother had committed suicide and Harry was full of praise for Otia's grandmother. Harry told her, "You're doing a great job, Nan. Nans are so important in our lives". Post their meeting, Te Nante spoke to News Corp and said, "Harry just said ‘Everything will be fine, you will grow up to be strong and positive’".
After the walkabout, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle joined the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern for a reception at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Jacinda, who herself gave birth to a baby in June, commended Meghan for continuing to work while she was pregnant.
She praised Meghan for the "role she's playing at such an often tiring time," before adding, "I have real empathy and I think she's incredible".
The PM praised the couple as they arrived for one of their last few engagements on their 16-day tour of New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, and Tonga.