Prince Harry has a gigantic heart, and he brought some much needed holiday cheer to Scotty’s Little Soldiers, an organization that helps bereaved children of British Forces soldiers, by dressing up as Santa Claus!
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had been invited to attend the Scotty’s Little Soldiers Christmas party, but they couldn’t go, so Harry dressed as St. Nick and sent a video full of good wishes to the organization instead. It was shared on the charity’s website.
“Ho! Ho! Ho! Hi guys, everyone at Scotty’s Little Soldiers. I hope you’re having an amazing time,” he said in the clip. “I hear there’s 190 of you there this year, so please cause as much chaos as humanly possible. I also want to encourage you guys to look around and realize that you are part of a family, part of an amazing community and that there is support there for you every single day should you need it.”
“Having met some of you – well, most of you a few years ago – I know how incredibly strong you are,” he continued. “Yes, losing a parent is incredibly hard, but I know every single one of you, by helping each other out, you will have an amazing future ahead of you, and you’re going to have a fantastic Christmas. The last thing from me is: Your parents will never be forgotten and you will never be forgotten, and I know you will leave today with a huge smile on your face, and the younger ones of you probably covered in food as well. So have a fantastic Christmas and Happy New Year.”
Sadly, Harry does know what it is like to lose a parent, since Princess Diana, his mother, passed away in 1997 when he was just 12 years old and his brother, Prince William, was 15. His determination to support children who have also lost their caregivers connects here with his work supporting veterans and servicemembers.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers was formed in memory of Corporal Lee Scott , who was killed in action. Of course, the is no stranger to armed service himself, having done two tours of Afghanistan and also started the Invictus Games to support veterans and servicemembers who are injured in combat.
“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,” Nikki Scott, the organization’s founder, said in a statement on the charity’s 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. In the Christmas spirit, we thought we would share it here for all to enjoy!”
Harry and Duchess Meghan are still on a six-week extended break from royal duties. They’ll spend Christmas with the duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland, though it isn’t known whether they’ll do so in the United States or at their home of Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.