Prince Harry asked to speak privately with a young boy. This is what he said to him.


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Thirteen years ago, Martin Bisp and Jamie Sanigar spotted two youths dealing drugs outside their Bristol boxing club.

Instead of calling police or turning them away, the men invited them to come inside and box.

Today, the Empire Fighting Chance charity run non-contact boxing, therapy, numeracy and other character building programs for 350 young men and women going down the path of crime and unemployment every week.

There, among the boxing bags during an official visit to the city in England’s south west on Friday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met Iestyn Jones, a 12-year-old boy grieving the loss of his father.

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After hearing about the important work the charity does giving displaced and vulnerable youth an outlet for their aggression and grief, Prince Harry asked for the room to be cleared so he could speak privately with the young boy whose father passed away seven years ago.


“The same thing happened to me,” People reports Prince Harry said, speaking of how he experienced a similar loss at a young age with the passing of his mother Princess Diana in 1997 when he was 12.

“It just got a bit emotional because he mentioned something. He knew some stuff about me and the same thing happened to me. We had a chat for about 10 minutes,” Jones told reporters.

“When we had a group picture at the end he made sure I was standing next to him. They were lovely people. I didn’t expect them to be like that. They were amazing people.”


It’s not the first time Prince Harry has made a point of speaking personally with people going through a rough time during official visits.

Back in October, 2018, Prince Harry spent 10 minutes on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge speaking to a mother-of-three who tragically lost her husband to suicide in 2017.

The Duke was climbing the Sydney landmark with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other Invictus Games ambassadors, including 41-year-old widow Gwen Cherne.

Cherne told People magazine at the time she and Prince Harry were discussing mental health as she told him the story of her husband Sergeant Peter Jon Cafe, who died by suicide. The special forces officer had served in Afghanistan and Iraq and showed signs of post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety in the years before his death at age 48.

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Prince Harry embracing Gwen Cherne on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Image: Getty.

Then, several minutes into their 10-minute conversation, one of Prince Harry's staff interrupted to tell the 34-year-old to move on.

"[Prince Harry] stopped and said, 'I’m in a middle of a conversation, and I’m not going to leave this.'"

"We were talking about my story and mental health and how difficult it is still, in our society, to talk about grief and loss and suicide."

Both Prince Harry and his brother, the Duke of Cambridge Prince William, have spoken publicly about how Princess Diana's death in a car accident in France has affected their mental health at different stages in their lives.

In 2017, Prince Harry spoke of how he came to the realisation he could make a difference to other people going through tough times in their lives.

"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," he said.

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