Prince Harry put his kindness on display during a recent visit to Australia’s Sydney Harbour Bridge. The royal, who served in the British military, comforted a serviceman’s widow after scaling to the top of the bridge to raise the flag for the Invictus Games. Prince Harry founded the games, in which injured and sick veterans compete in various sporting events, to highlight the needs of veterans and their bravery.
Gwen Cherne was among the small group of people climbing the bridge with the prince and, according to People, was left moved by the attention he devoted to her. She reveals that Prince Harry chatted with her for nearly 10 minutes, listening to her speak about her late husband, special forces officer Pete J. Cafe, who died of suicide at the age of 48 in 2018.
As Cherne told People, the prince asked about her family and particularly, the three children she shared with Cafe. Harry, whose mother Princess Diana died when he was 12, and Cherne also reportedly spoke about the difficulty of losing a loved one.
“He understood what I meant. When you understand loss, I think it’s obvious,” she said, per People. “He did ask me if I was getting the support I need from the Defense and ex-servicemen and veteran community.
The touching interaction between Cherne and Harry took place during his royal tour of Australia, and it wasn’t the only time during the trip that he’s made an impact. On the second day of the tour, the prince also delivered a powerful speech about mental health. Pointing out the high number of suicide rates in rural and remote areas, Harry urged those struggling with mental health to ask for help and admitted to having his own psychological struggles in the past.
“You need to know a part of being strong and tough is having the courage to ask for help when you need it,” he told a group of farmers in Dubbo, Australia. “You must not silently suffer. You are all in this together, and if I may speak personally, we are all in this together, because asking for help was one of the best decisions that I ever made.
He also added, “You will be continually amazed how life changes for the better.”
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