The British royal family are known for their cool, calm exteriors and traditional stiff upper lip. And in general, they’re a family with a lot to celebrate. Here at HELLO! we like to focus on all the happy occasions, but there are of course, as in all of our lives, more trying times. Take a look at the touching moments when our favourite royals, including European ones, showed they’re just like the rest of us, and they couldn’t help let their emotions get the better of them.
Princess Beatrice and Princess EugenieThe royal sisters were visibly moved as they heard from a grandmother who has kept the memory of her grandson alive by fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust during a joint Zoom call in July 2020.
The pair listened as Enid Waterfall, 85, from Wrexham spoke about how she had been fundraising tirelessly for the charity, carrying on the work of her grandson Richard, who died in 2018 after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that affects the bones or the tissues around them.
An emotional Eugenie said she was choked up while listening to Enid’s story, while Beatrice was spotted dabbing at her eyes, as Enid wiped away a tear. In October 2019, the Duke of Sussex carried out a very poignant engagement – attending the WellChild Awards, which celebrates the inspirational qualities of seriously ill children and young people.
Harry welled up as he gave a speech, reminiscing on how this time last year he and his wife Meghan were the only people to know that the Duchess was pregnant. Demonstrating how strong a parent’s love is, Harry said: “Last year when my wife and I attended we knew we were expecting our first child – no one else did at the time, but we did…”
Harry, overcome with emotion, trailed off, bent his head down and cleared his throat before continuing. Gaby Roslin was on hand to comfort the Duke, as he continued: “I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tight during the awards, both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day, and more so, what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time. And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heart strings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own.”
The Duchess of Sussex Meghan was visibly emotional as she made a heartbreaking admission during her and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2020.Meghan revealed that she had experienced suicidal thoughts during her pregnancy with Archie at the height of her crisis in the monarchy, telling Oprah: “I just didn’t want to be alive anymore.”
While she had asked the palace to seek professional help, she later reached out to one of the best friends of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
The QueenHer Majesty appeared to have been overcome with emotion at the Remembrance Sunday 2019 service, as she wiped away a tear, while paying tribute to war heroes. She watched the ceremony from the balcony of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office building, alongside the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.
The Queen Mother was spotted wiping away a tear during celebrations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of VE Day in 1995. The Queen Mother’s late husband, King George VI, was monarch during the Second World War and the royals had stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace when victory was declared in Europe in 1945.
During the 2018 Trooping the Colour ceremony to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s daughter Princess Charlotte had a teary moment. The young royal slipped and fell, banging her head on the balcony railing. Kate, who was standing behind her then three-year-old, scooped her up into her arms and snuggled her close.
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