Prince Harry was brought to tears on Wednesday after a visit with young orphans in Brazil.
The 29-year-old, who attended a World Cup match the day before, became emotional when he met with a 41-year-old woman who's been raising her two granddaughters — Karina, 8, and Carolina, 9 — since their mother was murdered and their father was imprisoned.
The experience reminded him of his own loss in 1997, when his mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash. At the time, he was just 12 and his brother, Prince William, was 15.
“I was completely overwhelmed and shocked,” the royal told reporters after the meeting with ACER, which is a foundation focused on helping deprived children reunite with family members.
“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.”
He continued: “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 saw what they] are going through.”
Harry, who’s fourth in line to the British throne, added he’s not one to show his emotions — especially in public.
“I’ve never blubbed in public as far as I can remember,” he said. “It was amazing to hear those stories.”
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