Prince Harry Talks About the 'Gaping Hole' His Mom Left

'I will have to ... spend the rest of my life trying to fill that void'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2016 12:43 PM CDT
In this Sept. 6, 1995, photo, Britain's Prince Charles and his estranged wife Princess Diana flank their children, Harry and William, at Eton College, west of London.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, file)
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(Newser) – Prince Harry was just 12 years old when his mom, Princess Diana, died. "There was a gaping hole," he tells People in a new cover story ahead of his Invictus Games for injured veterans. That hole existed, he says, "not just for us but also for a huge amount of people across the world. If I can try and fill a very small part of that, then job done. I will have to, in a good way, spend the rest of my life trying to fill that void as much as possible."

That may have something to do with why he founded the games, as he says all he wants to do in life "is make my mother incredibly proud," though Harry says he doesn't consciously "do things because I feel as though my mother would want me to do them." But he acknowledges he has a lot of Diana in him, and is "doing a lot of things that she would probably do." (Watch the queen get in on the Invictus Games fun in an awesome way.)

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