Prince Harry, 29, got emotional in Brazil Wednesday, when two young Brazilian girls who lost their mother's story hit a little too close to home.
Harry was in Sao Paulo to visit ACER -- an organization that helps reunite underprivileged local kids with no parents with members of their extended family -- where he was close to tears hearing the story of Cristina da Cruz Nascimento, 41. Nascimento raised her two granddaughters Karina, 8, and Carolina, 9, because their mother was murdered at just 24 years old and their father is in jail.
Harry shared that their stories made him recall losing his own mother, Princess Diana, in a car crash in 1997.
"I was completely overwhelmed and shocked," he said (via Us Weekly
) of the time, when he was just 12 years old. "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."
He also praised the little girls' bravery.
"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,” he said.
"I've never blubbered in public as far as I can remember, but I was pretty damn close. It was amazing to hear those stories," he added of the experience
Harry is currently in Brazil to foster greater links between the U.K. and Brazil.