Harry ‘wishes he could do more’ for soldier’s family, had he still been a royal

Prince Harry seems to have sent a jab to the Queen in a letter after Her Majesty stripped both his honorary titles and his patronages when he stepped away from royal duties last year.

During his Oprah interview with wife Meghan Markle, 40, the Duke said he was "hurt" by his grandmother's action to pull his royal titles but claimed he "respects" her decision.

The Duke of Sussex has now penned a heartfelt letter to the family of decorated soldier Nathan Hunt, who are currently fighting to memorialise their son's life by adding his name to the national Armed Forces Memorial, Express Online reports.

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In the letter, Harry says he wishes he could do more to help the family "had I been in the same role I once was".

Within the letter, which features the prince's logo, Harry writes: "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."

Harry had previously served alongside Nathan in Afghanistan in 2008, but Nathan tragically took his own life in 2018 after suffering from severe mental health problems which are thought to be linked to his military service.

He told Nathan's parents Maria and Derek: "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."

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The duke added: "Grief can be a long and burdensome road.

"Please know you and your family remain in my thoughts."

The prince also served alongside Nathan with the Royal Engineers and told his mum and dad he will always remember the soldier as a hero.

He wished the grieving family well, adding that they all remain in his thoughts.

Representatives for the Duke of Sussex have been contacted for comment.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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