Prince Harry dresses up as Santa to deliver important Christmas message about losing a parent

Prince Harry dresses up as Santa to deliver important Christmas message about losing a parent

Prince Harry has dressed up as Santa to deliver an important Christmas message about losing a parent.

The 35-year-old, who lost his mother, Princess Diana, when he was just 12 years old in 1997, has previously spoken candidly about the effect this has had on his mental health, and he frequently uses his position in the Royal Family to champion this cause.

Watch Harry deliver his inspirational message below:

The video was recorded for the charity Scotty's Little Soldiers, which was founded in memory of Corporal Lee Scott. He lost his life in Afghanistan in 2009, leaving two children behind.

Channeling Father Christmas, Harry said: "Ho ho ho. Hi guys, everyone at Scotty’s Little Soldiers!

"Hope you are having an amazing time. I hear there's 190 of you there this year so please cause as much chaos as humanly possible.

"I also want to encourage you guys to look around and realize you are part of a family, part of an amazing community and support is there for you every day should you need it.

"Having met some of you a few years ago, most of you, I know how incredibly strong you are."

In the video below, Harry chokes up while recounting Meghan's pregnancy:

The royal, who became a parent for the first time this year, said: "Yes, losing a parent is incredibly hard, but I know that every single one of you, by helping each other out, that you will have an amazing future ahead of you, and you're going to have a fantastic Christmas as well.

"I know you will leave today with a huge smile on your face, and for the younger ones of you probably covered in food as well.

"So have a fantastic Christmas and happy new year."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Credit: PA Images

Founder of Scotty's Little Soldiers, Nikki Scott said: "We're so grateful to The Duke of Sussex for kindly recording a video message for the bereaved Forces children that attended the Scotty's Little Soldiers Christmas party earlier this month.

"It can be a difficult time of year for these kids, so receiving a heartfelt message from Prince Harry really meant the world to them."

Harry and his wife Meghan are currently on a six-week break from Royal duties for the holiday season.