On Saturday, during halftime at the Army versus Navy rugby match at Twickenham, Prince Harry met and offered comfort to two children who lost their mother last year. Emily, 11, and Isaac, 13, were at the match with their father, Matt Briggs. A friend of a friend reached out to the Prince who invited the Briggs’s to watch the match with him and Invictus Games athletes.
It has been nearly two weeks since Prince Harry opened up about his mental health struggles and triumphs, and the royal generously gave his time consoling two young children who lost their mother a little over a year ago.
Emily and Isaac’s mum, Kim, 44, a pedestrian, was on a lunch break on 12 February 2016 when she was struck by a cyclist in Old Street, East London. The HR consultant died six days later in the hospital.
Matt told The Standard: “I was touched because he put thought into this invitation because my son plays rugby and is in the cadets, so it’s a combination of the two things.”
“I think, especially for them [the children], they know his story,” Mr Briggs continued.
Matt revealed that he allowed his children time alone with Harry, noting: “Your grief as a husband is different to grief as a child. I just wanted to stand back and let them have that moment. It was a very, very special moment.”
He had nothing but love and praise for his deceased wife, saying she was a “wonderful and much-loved woman who lived her life to the full and brought warmth to everyone she met.
“She brought a sense of fun to every occasion, and we are devastated by this loss.
“We were very lucky to have had such a wonderful woman in our lives, and her loss is greatly felt. She will be so dearly missed by all her many friends and family.”
Emily told the Press Association afterwards that it was “really nice” to meet Harry, adding: “He just told us everything will be ok. Even though everything seems really bad at the moment, it will get better.”
Her brother Isaac said Harry made them feel relaxed, and he also described the Prince as a “normal guy.”
He went on to say: “We talked about the cadets, we talked about rugby, about losing parents.”
Isaac discussed how he was the same age as Harry when he lost his mother, too: “He was the same age I was, and [it happened] in kind of a similar way.”
Emily added: “It’s nice to know that you can get really good things happen to you, even if something bad has happened – you can still have really good times.”
Prince Harry attended this weekend’s match as the patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, which was the official charity for the match.
Of the former Invictus athletes and those vying for a spot on this year’s UK team, Matt Briggs said: “The stories you hear are just so inspiring and just the people you chat to.
“For people to rebuild their lives and get back out there and do these amazing things is brilliant, absolutely brilliant.”