A WAR veteran’s widow has revealed the incredible response given by Prince Harry after palace aides attempted to cut short their conversation.
Invictus Games ambassador Gwen Cherne, whose husband Peter Cafe served in Cambodia, Afghanistan and Iraq before taking his own life earlier this year, was photographed in an embrace with the Duke of Sussex during his Sydney Harbour Bridge climb last Friday.
The mother-of-three —who was one of the select few chosen to accompany Harry on the climb — told People magazine that the pair spoke of “grief and loss” before aides attempted to interrupt and hurry him along.
But Harry wasn’t having it, simply telling them: “I’m in the middle of a conversation, and I’m not going to leave this.”
“He didn’t care what the agenda was. He took the time to have conversations and he was really lovely. We talked about real issues,” Ms Cherne, 41, told news.com.au.
“He was comfortable and calm. We were having thoughtful conversations while walking up — it was actually relaxing.”
She also explained to People that they’d spoken about mental health and“how difficult it is still, in our society, to talk about grief and loss and suicide.”
“And how important things like the Invictus Games are to shedding light on, and allowing people to start to have these conversations that are great to have” she said.
The royals have been touring Australia for the Invictus Games, a multi-sport event founded by Harry for wounded ex-service personnel, which is currently under way in Sydney.
Ms Cherne said Harry and Meghan have provided a “beacon of hope and light for so many”.
“They’re touching, they’re shining that interest on the Games, and that shines light on their service and that shines light on the sacrifices their families make,” she told the publication.
“I was humbled by the opportunity to spend that time with (Harry) and grateful for all he is doing given his place in the world.”
Originally published as Harry’s incredible response to palace aides