What Is It About Harry?
We all love Prince Harry and have from the moment he was born. Why? Because Harry has it. But what is “it”?
It’s something that can’t be taught.
It doesn’t come with wealth, rank or title.
In fact, in life, you are either have it, or you don’t. Harry has it, and oozes it.
Prince Harry’s mother Princess Diana also had it and was named “The People’s Princess” because of it, and I love watching Harry follow in her footsteps.
So what is “it”? It is kindness, caring and compassion for people, no matter who they are, what they do or their age. We saw this a lot this week while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in Australia for the Invictus Games.
Harry was bear-hugged by Invictus competitors and a gorgeous little boy, who also played with Harry’s hair and beard, all while Harry showered them with love with his actions and infectious smile.
Back in 2015 while visiting Sydney, he spotted an older lady in the crowd and noticed the Victoria Cross she was wearing. Drawn to her, he crouched beside her wheelchair and asked about it.
That woman was Daphne Dunne, who was 95 years young. The Victoria Cross, of which she was wearing a replica, had been awarded posthumously to her first husband, Lt. Albert Chowne. The original VC is now in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. They had been married for just a year when at the age of 25 he was killed in a heroic attack on a Japanese machine gun post in Papua New Guinea. What is so sad is that Daphne found out about her husband’s death just after the roses her husband had sent for her birthday arrived.
When they first met, Harry and Daphne were chatting for a little while, and then people who were with him said several times “We’ve got to go.” But Harry didn’t worry about that. According to Daphne, “he just continued on with what he was doing, which was talking to me and then when Harry started to go, he gave me a kiss on the cheek.”
The pair met again two years later, when Harry came to Australia to announce that Sydney would host the 2018 Invictus Games. “He does a lot for everyone, but he seems to dote on soldiers that have been wounded, and they’ve had some part of them amputated, that’s the reason, it doesn’t matter about me, he helps make them feel a bit better,” Daphne stated. What I loved was that then Daphne had waited for Prince Harry in the rain with an umbrella and an esky of beer by her wheelchair. She indicated that it is very important to come prepared to events like this! When a rain soaked Harry spotted her, he embraced her as though she was his grandma. He made her feel like a Queen.
And this week with Harry back in Sydney with his wife Meghan for the Invictus games, he found Daphne for the third time outside the Opera house. Again, when he spotted her, Harry ran over to her. “I was looking for you earlier and hoped you’d be here. It’s so good to see you again,” he said. Harry chatted with Daphne for a few minutes about her shoes and hair, and he was excited to introduce her to Meghan.
These are small things in the scheme of things, but they mean so much to others. Diana made everyone around her feel special, and Harry does the same. That is what “it” is. You only have to look at these images of Harry and Daphne to see the love, joy and tenderness on their faces. Harry, like his mum, has huge emotional intelligence (and a sprinkle of genuine stardust).
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.