These children touched his heart!
Prince Harry felt extremely close to orphans he met in Brazil who had lost their mother, and the experience reminded him of his own past.
This past Wednesday Prince Harry visited the Association for Support of Children at Risk or ACER to help children in need near Diadema, near Sao Paulo.
But the moment that made Prince Harry get emotional was when he met two young girl who had lost their mother when they were very young — an experience that Prince Harry can relate to when his mother Princess Diana passed away in an automobile accident when he was only 12-years-old.
Here's what he said:
"There are two little girls – I'm quite emotional – just looking at them I wanted to talk about my own experiences. But there is no point because it is just so far removed. The bravery of them looking at me, smiling at me … I wanted to use my own experiences in a very small way to try to give them a bit of understanding about the fact [that] I see what you're going through. But you hear the stories and think, 'That's nothing [compared] to what they have been through.' I was completely overwhelmed and shocked. I've never blubbed in public as far as I can remember, but I was pretty damn close. It was amazing to hear those stories."
Later on at an event, Prince Harry seemed to look back fondly upon his relatively recent experience of meeting all of the children, saying:
"Some of the children's stories in Diadema have reduced me to tears, but the smiles on their faces show the positive impact their community is having on them and the success of ACER. When I am here, I feel like one of you. And for that I thank you."
Prince Harry also played a wee bit of soccer with some of the kids with ACER — something especially relevant with the World Cup happening! And he even recounted the link that united the U.K. and Brazil! He said:
"In 1894 a Brazilian man of British ancestry, Charles Miller, brought a rule book and a football with him from the U.K. The rest, as you know, is football history. What we invented, Brazil perfected. In the U.K. we would like to think of this as an act of typical British generosity. But in truth, it is more an act of typical Brazilian creativity, which I hope will bring you huge success in your World Cup!"
We don't think people in England will mind so much that one of their princes is rooting for Brazil in the World Cup.
Especially since their team is out!
Props to Prince Harry for bringing us to tears, and doing some extremely good work in the world! Inspiring!
[Image via Getty Images.]
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