– The Duke of Sussex recorded a sweet holiday message for the U.K.-based Scotty’s Little Soldiers Charity annual Christmas party.
– The nonprofit organization provides resources and support for bereaved children of members of the British Forces.
The Duke of Sussex has a very special Christmas message in store for children who have recently lost their loved ones.
Wearing a classic Santa suit and curly white beard, Prince Harry recorded a holiday hello for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a British charity that supports bereaved children of British Armed Force members.
“I want to encourage you guys to look around and realize that you are a part of a family, a part of an amazing community and that there is support there for you every single day should you need it,” said Prince Harry in the video.
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“Having met some of you a few years ago, well most of you, I know how incredibly strong you are,” he continued. “So yes, losing a parent is an incredibly hard but I know that every single one of you are helping each other out and you will have an amazing future ahead of you.” The cause may hit close to home for the Duke of Sussex, who lost his mother, Princess Diana, when he was just 12 years old.
HRH The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry… I mean… Santa Claus sent a lovely Christmas video for @CorporalScotty ❄️🎄
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— Benjamin Wareing (@BenjaminWareing) December 20, 2019
Scotty’s Little Soldiers was founded by Nikki Scott in memory of her husband, Corporal Lee Scott, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. The charity aims to support members by providing health and wellbeing support and developmental opportunities. The Duke of Sussex’s video message was shown at the organization’s annual Christmas party earlier this month.
“We’re so grateful to The Duke of Sussex for kindly recording a video message for the bereaved Forces children that attended the Scotty’s Little Soldiers Christmas party earlier this month,” said founder Nikki Scott on the charity’s official website. “It can be a difficult time of year for these kids, so receiving a heartfelt message from Prince Harry really meant the world to them. The message was a surprise and the look on their faces was priceless.”
It’s not clear when or where the duke recorded the video, but he, Meghan Markle, and their son Archie have been staying stateside while on a break from royal duties since the start of the holiday season. The family of three are reportedly spending time with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, in California for Christmas.
“Your parents, they will never be forgotten and you will never be forgotten and I really, really hope and I know that you all will leave today with a huge smile on your face. And for the younger ones of you—probably covered in food as well,” joked Harry as he signed off from the video. “So have a fantastic Christmas and happy New Year.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.