Prince Harry Reveals Who Helped Him the Most After the Death of His Mother

prince harryPrince Harry was only 12 years old when his mother died. The youngest son of Princess Diana struggled with talking about her death for many years, but he's been opening up about it more recently and has now credited his Army Colour Sergeant for being the mentor he needed.


Harry joined the Sandhurst Military Academy in 2005. He admits that he felt a bit lost then -- he was only 21 and still struggling with opening up about the loss of his mom. It was there at the academy where he gained confidence thanks to his Colour Sergeant. Harry said that he gave him "confidence to look forward" -- these were words he shared when speaking at a mentor training event in Scotland. Harry is certainly highlighting the power of mentorship.

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Also at the event, which was a part of The Diana Awards -- where young mentors are honored -- Harry said on his experience joining the Army, "I was at a stage in my life when I was probably lacking a bit in guidance. I lost my mum when I was very young and suddenly I was surrounded by a huge number of men in the army. [My Colour Sergeant] was someone who teased me at the right moments and gave me the confidence to look forward, to actually have that confidence in yourself to know who you are and to push forward and try to help others."

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This Sergeant will remain unnamed because Harry said that he wouldn't want to be revealed; however, this type of mentorship can be found in so many places. And because of how much it helped Harry, we know that there are good people out there who help others, who see kids and people struggling and who work to make sure they find ways to press forward.

Harry, in his way, is giving back. He's mentoring kids who lost their parents -- he's showing by example how to find the confidence to continue your life, to do good, to honor those who passed by living, by making a difference, by helping others. That is a beautiful thing.


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