Prince Harry wrote an emotional letter to the family of a fallen military hero shortly before Christmas, which "tells you where his head is at", according to royal expert Russell Myers.
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, spent their Christmas in Motecito, California this year with their two children, Archie and Lilibet.
They have been living on the other side of the Atlantic for approaching two years now, after they stepped back from senior royal duties.
Prior to moving to the States, much of Prince Harry's work was based around the military, where he served two tours of Afghanistan during a 10-year spell in the army.
The forces remained close to the Duke's heart and this was made clear in a letter he sent to the family of a fallen soldier earlier this month, Express reports.
Nathan Hunt served in Afghanistan with Harry in 2008, but tragically took his own life in 2018 after he suffered severe mental health troubles, which his parents believe could be linked to his military service.
Nathan's parents turned to the Prince in a bid to have their son's name put on an armed forces memorial.
Harry spoke of his sadness at no longer being able to help in an emotional letter.
The Duke thanked the family for their letter and for sharing their bid to memorialise their son's life.
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Harry said: “I deeply empathise with what your family is going through and so wish I could assist formally, had I been in the same role I once was."
Royal reporter Russel Myers said: “We have heard, certainly over the last few months and the last couple of years after Harry was stripped of his military titles, about how disappointed he was of that
The letter, Mr Myers said, gave a “sense of this disappointment”.
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Myers, who co-hosts Pod Save The Queen, continued: “I think Harry really does get bad press some of the time."
“But when Harry is speaking from the heart, I think that that is to be applauded.
“And the fact that he reached out in this way by just saying ‘I deeply empathise with what your family is going through and I so wish that I could assist formally had I been in the role that I once was’."
Myers claimed letters such as this tell you “where Harry’s head is at”, with him wishing that he could do more.
He said: “Undoubtedly, he has been very affected by losing those military appointments.
"But that doesn’t stop him reaching out to people.”
Representatives for the Sussexes have been contacted for comment.
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