Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are deep into their official 16-day Oceania tour. The two have been double hand holding, wearing leis, and mingling with government officials and citizens alike in Australia and Fiji—something Prince Harry likes to take his time with.
On Friday, Prince Harry struck up a conversation with Invictus ambassador Gwen Cherne on the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb. Cherne is a military widow whose late husband served in Cambodia, Afghanistan, and Iraq before taking his own life in February of this year. But while Prince Harry, who lost his mother as a child, was discussing emotional aftermath and lasting grief with Cherne, palace aids tried to rush their conversation along.
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“We were talking about my story and mental health and how difficult it is still, in our society, to talk about grief and loss and suicide,” Cherne reported to People. “And how important things like the Invictus Games are to shedding light on, and allowing people to start to have these conversations that are great to have.”
After sharing a hug, palace aids approached Cherne and Prince Harry, signaling Harry that it was time to go.
Per Cherne, Prince Harry’s response was firm and respectful. “He stopped and said, ‘I’m in a middle of a conversation, and I’m not going to leave this.'”
As a final note, Cherne added that “I think [Prince Harry and Meghan Markle] provide this beacon of hope and light for so many. They’re touching, they’re shining that interest on the Games, and that shines light their service and that shines light on the sacrifices their families make.”