A woman has recalled the moment Prince Harry told palace aides he was 'in the middle of a conversation' when they tried to hurry him along on his most recent tour of Australia.
The 34-year-old insisted he finished his conversation with grieving widow, Gwen Cherne, despite being hurried along by palace aides whilst scaling Sydney Harbour Bridge last week.
Gwen is an Invictus ambassador whose husband served in Cambodia, Afghanistan and Iraq, and who took his own life in February this year.
When Harry’s team tried to hurry him along during their conversation, Gwen revealed, “He 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,” she explained.
“And how important things like the Invictus Games are to shedding light on, and allowing people to start to have these conversations that are great to have.”
Harry has been open about his own battle with mental health after the tragic death of his mother, Princess Diana, in 1997.
In a frank and honest interview, Harry confessed, “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well.
“I thought that thinking of her was only going to make me sad and not going to bring her back. So from an emotional side, I was, like, ‘Right, don’t ever let your emotions be part of anything’.”
After serving in the army for ten years, Harry created the Invictus Games – an international adaptive multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed service veterans take part – so it’s a cause close to his heart.
Good work, Harry!