Prince Harry seemed to form a connection with a bereaved young boy.

While greeting fans during a public appearance at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour in New Zealand Tuesday, Harry broke the royal “no selfie” rule to comfort a young boy grieving his mom’s death, reports Us Weekly.

Perhaps, Harry, 34, shared the boy’s experience of bereavement after losing his mother Princess Diana at an early age to an automobile accident.

Harry shared his own story of facing the loss of a parent at a young age by offering comforting words to the 6-year-old named Otia — who attended the walkabout with his grandmother.

He said:

“Life will always be all right, you know that?

I made it to 34 years old and life is great.”

The father-to-be added:

“I’ve got a beautiful wife, baby on the way. Your life is going to be sorted, don’t you worry about that.”

Prince Harry opened up about the grief that plagued his youth in 2017. He told The Telegraph:

“I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well … I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.”

At 34 the Duke of Sussex rarely shies away from showing his soft side in public. During the touching moment, Harry also showed support to Otia’s grandmother before snapping a photo with Otia. He said:

“You’re doing a great job, Nan. Nans are so important in our lives.”

According to the Telegraph, it took nearly 20 years for Prince Harry to address his grief following his mom’s tragic accident.

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