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Prince Harry Feels A ‘Gap’ Raising Baby Archie Without Mom Princess Diana Around

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are overjoyed to be first-time parents to baby Archie. But one thing is missing from the picture: Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.

A source told People that the Duke of Sussex is seriously feeling the loss of his mother as he adjusts to life as a parent. Princess Diana tragically died almost 22 years ago, when Harry was just 12 years old. Harry will have to raise Archie without his mom around.

“There will be a gap from Harry’s point of view,” the source said.

“It’s very sad that poor Diana isn’t here to see her children getting married and now have babies,” another source, a friend of Diana’s, said.

“And it is so sad for him that she isn’t here too. Life is so precarious.”

When speaking with an athlete recently at the launching of the Invictus Games, Harry opened up about the loss of his mom. Dennis van der Stroom, a former soldier, also lost his mother, and the two bonded over it.

“He said missing a mother is like missing some kind of security, how you need that as a son and it falls away when you lose your mother,” Dennis said.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their first son on May 6. It’s a joyous time for the entire royal family.

Becoming a father for the first time has, however, reportedly brought up some bittersweet feelings for Prince Harry. He lost his own mother when he was just 12 years old.

Princess Diana died in a fatal car crash in 1997. She was just 36 years old at the time of her tragic death, leaving behind Harry and older brother William, who was 15 at the time.

During a recent trip to the Netherlands to launch the Invictus Games, Harry opened up about life without his mom, People reports. He connected with a former soldier who hopes to compete at the event, Dennis van der Stroom.

“I told Harry about my mother and we talked about our shared experience of missing a mom,” Dennis said.

“He said missing a mother is like missing a kind of security, how you need that as a son and it falls away when you lose your mother.”

“He said he meets a lot of people in his work who have lost a mother, father, sister, brother or relatives and when he hears their story, as he heard my story, he said he doesn’t feel so alone,” Dennis continued.

A source also told People that Harry definitely feels pain over the fact that Diana will never get to meet her grandson. Her absence from their lives means “there will be a gap from Harry’s point of view.”

“It’s very sad that poor Diana isn’t here to see her children getting married and now have babies. And it is so sad for him that she isn’t here too,” a close friend of Diana’s added.

Baby Archie was born just before Mother’s Day, which was likely a bittersweet moment for Harry. His wife Meghan was celebrating her very first Mother’s Day as a mom, while his own mother couldn’t be present.

The couple has, however, paid tribute to Diana over the years in their own special ways.

Meghan’s engagement ring contains diamonds from Diana’s personal collection.

On Mother’s Day, the Sussexes posted a photo of Meghan cradling the baby’s feet in front of a wall of flowers. Those flowers are forget-me-nots, which were Diana’s favorite flower.

“Paying tribute to all mothers today — past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honor and celebrate each and every one of you,” the post’s caption read.

Archie does, however, have one grandmother to spoil him: Meghan’s mother, Doria, was present for the birth.

Archie also has his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

Still, the loss of a mother is one that never goes away. Diana died almost 22 years ago, but she is forever alive in Harry’s heart.