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Prince Harry Comforts 6-Year-Old Boy Whose Mother Died By Suicide

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Last month, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle embarked on their first official royal tour, and during those 16 days, they've certainly made their mark.

While the newlyweds revealed they're expecting their first child together in Spring 2019, that wasn't the only highlight of the tour.

Harry and Meghan managed to participate in 76 engagements in only a little more than two weeks, and there were plenty of moments to fawn over.

During their time down under, Harry was thrilled to introduce the Suits alum to one of his oldest supporters, 98 year-old war widow Daphne Dunne, who he's already met in two previous occasions.

In another outing, the couple also embraced a special needs preschooler named Luke, who couldn't help but brush Harry's beard.

"[Luke] got a hug from Meghan and then Harry bent down to speak to him and Luke didn’t give him any choice… Luke’s favorite person in the world is Santa Claus, who has a beard. So he rubbed Harry’s beard," Luke's school principal Anne Van Darrel said.

But while they were all touching moments, it was his latest act of kindness that had royal watchers in tears.

"Life will always be all right. You know that?"

On October 30, Harry and his wife were greeting their fans during a walkabout in Viaduct Harbour in Auckland, Zealand, when the Prince noticed a young boy standing in the crowd with his grandmother.

After learning Otia Nante's mother had committed suicide when he was only a baby, Harry offered the youngster sweet words of comfort and even snapped a selfie.

"Life will always be all right. You know that? I’ve made it to 34 years old and life is great," Harry said, according to the Daily Telegraph. "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 also shared encouraging words to Otia's grandmother Te Nante, and said, "You’re doing a great job, Nan. Nans are so important in our lives."

And as many of us know, Harry's supportive words come from his own experience of growing up without a mother.

"I didn't want to be in the position I was in, but I eventually pulled my head out of the sand."

The Duke was only 12 years old when Princess Diana passed away following a car accident in Paris, France, and has spoken about how his mother's death affected his mental health.

"My mother died when I was very young. I didn't want to be in the position I was in, but I eventually pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people and decided to use my role for good," Harry told Newsweek in 2017.

"I am now fired up and energized and love charity stuff, meeting people and making them laugh."

"I sometimes still feel I am living in a goldfish bowl, but I now manage it better. I still have a naughty streak too, which I enjoy and is how I relate to those individuals who have got themselves into trouble."

"I don't think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances."

"My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television," Harry said.

"I don't think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don't think it would happen today."

But despite the heartache of having his mother's death so publicized in the media, Harry revealed before Diana passed, she showed her sons how to live a "normal life."

"My mother took a huge part in showing me an ordinary life, including taking me and my brother to see homeless people. Thank goodness I'm not completely cut off from reality," the prince told the publication.

"People would be amazed by the ordinary life [Prince William] and I live. I do my own shopping. Sometimes, when I come away from the meat counter in my local supermarket, I worry someone will snap me with their phone."

"But I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one, too."

The majority of us may never have an opportunity to meet the prince, but we don't need to to know he's genuinely a stand up guy.

[H/T: ET Canada, E! News]

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