A Christmas Message from Prince Harry
Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex has recorded a special Christmas video message for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, the charity for bereaved military children and young people.
Prince Harry’s Christmas message was played to members of Scotty’s Little Soldiers at their annual Christmas party. The event welcomed over 100 Scotty Members, who had all experienced the death of a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.
The video, in which Prince Harry is dressed as Spider-Man, comes less than a month after The Duke wrote our Scotty Members and Springboarders a letter showing his support for them at Remembrance.
Scotty's Little Soldiers' Christmas Party provides our members with an opportunity to meet others in the same situation as them, helping to reduce their feelings of isolation and reminding them they aren’t alone in their grief. The party ensures the children have fun at a time of year that can be difficult when missing a loved one.
The theme of the party was Heroes and Villains and our Scotty Members were tasked with saving Christmas by defeating the villains who had stolen Father Christmas’ presents. The children worked with heroes to complete challenges to find secret codes and release the gifts.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers Founder, Nikki Scott, said: “It’s incredible for everyone at Scotty’s to have Prince Harry’s continued support. He knows what it’s like to grow up without a parent and understands there are certain times of the year that can be particularly challenging. Christmas is one of those times. We love the fact that Prince Harry not only recorded such a special message but also dressed up as Spider-Man."
“It’s cool that someone who’s been through the same experience as us is thinking about us. He’s not just someone who’s trying to be sympathetic, he actually knows what it’s like to grow up without your parent. My friends think it’s really cool that I get letters and messages from Prince Harry.”
“It’s pretty cool that Prince Harry supports Scotty’s. This isn’t just a person from a small village. He’s someone people all over the world know and he has taken the time to record a special message for us, which means a lot.”
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“I was so nervous about going to the Christmas Party at first, but we met so many other children who were just like me. Being able to talk about my dad with other children who knew what I was going through was such a big help. Because of Scotty’s, I haven’t just made friends, I’ve made forever friends.”
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