Prince Harry decided he was going to be a superhero this year when he sent a video message to Scotty’s Little Soldiers charity.
The Duke of Sussex, 38, dressed up as Spider-Man for a clip he shared with the charity – which helps children and young people who have lost a parent in the British armed forces – at the UK’s annual Christmas party. organization, which featured a Heroes and Villains theme.
“Christmas is a time when we really miss our loved ones. And that’s okay. But, at the same time, it can be possible to feel guilty about having fun without our parents,” Harry said in the video. “But I’m here to make sure our parents always want us to have a good time, okay? So don’t feel bad about it. You’re allowed to have a blast, especially with the Scotty’s Little Soldiers community. So get out there, have fun, and Merry Christmas.”
At the party, the kids were told that the villains were trying to ruin Christmas and that they were tasked with “defeating” them as part of the theme. “Use your teamwork, your brains and your brawn and do exactly that,” Harry told the children. “Find them and don’t let them ruin Christmas.”
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In 2019, Harry submitted a different video for the event, in which he dressed up as Santa Claus.
The charity was set up in 2010 by Nikki Scott, whose husband, Lance Corporal Lee Scott, died in Afghanistan the year before. Harry first met her at Party at the Palace in 2017, before he and wife Meghan Markle chose Scotty’s as the charity to benefit their marriage a year later. The charity offers support to children through education, group events and gifts and also offers guidance to parents and others who care for them.
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“It’s great that someone who has gone through the same experience as us is thinking about us,” said Emily Reynolds, 12, a Scotty member, who lost her father, Sergeant Antony Reynolds, in a statement from the charity. “He’s not just someone who’s trying to be understanding, he actually knows what it’s like to grow up without your parents. My friends think it’s really nice to get letters and messages from Prince Harry.”
Ben O’Donnell, a 14-year-old boy who was nine weeks old when his father, Warrant Officer Class 2 Gary O’Donnell, died, added: ‘It’s not the first time Prince Harry has shown us he’s thinking of us. and it’s good to hear from him again this Christmas. He’s put in a lot of effort, which shows that he really cares. It’s great that he’s put on the Spider-Man suit. Maybe he’ll be the next Spider-Man!
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Scott called Harry’s continued support “incredible” in a statement, noting that he understands there are “certain times of the year that can be particularly challenging” for children. Harry was 12 when his mother Princess Diana died in 1997.
“Christmas is one of those times,” Scott continued. “We have the holiday to remind our members that they are not alone, but also to facilitate the opportunity for members to meet others and build friendships. It also provides parents/carers with an opportunity to access resources and information to help them support their children.”
On what would have been Diana’s 61st birthday this year, the Duke of Sussex honored his late mother by receiving the surprise Diana Award at a ceremony over the summer. “There’s not a day in the last two and a half decades that I haven’t thought about the mark she left on not just my brother and me, but all of our lives,” she said at the time.
“I see his legacy in all of you,” Harry continued. “I see her legacy in a Diana Award community that spans multiple generations. I see her legacy whenever I meet families, young people and children from every corner of the world. And I see my mother’s legacy when I look at my own children every day”.