During a visit with young orphans in Brazil on Wednesday,
The fourth in line to the British throne, who began his South American tour on Monday, happened upon a 41-year-old woman who had raised her granddaughters after their father went to jail and their mother was murdered, according to Us Weekly.
The girls' experience reminded him of his mother
"There are two little girls -- I'm quite emotional -- just looking at them. I wanted to talk about my own experiences, but there is no point because it is just so far removed.
"The bravery of them looking at me, smiling at me. ... I wanted to use my own experiences in a very small way, to try to give them a bit of understanding about the fact, [that I saw what they] are going through."
The incident was a somber one during an otherwise cheerful trip to the South American country currently hosting the
On Monday, the Royal Armed Forces captain visited a hospital that treats patients who have brain injuries and other neurological problems. The athletic royal, who will host the paralympic-style Invictus Games in the fall, watched patients play a game of wheelchair basketball.
On Monday night, he watched the Brazil-Cameroon World Cup game and reportedly cheered for the host country, the palace said.
Harry's week-long tour will see him visiting Chile as well.