A six-year-old boy who bonded with Prince Harry in Auckland over also losing his mother at a young age has spoken out about the intimate occasion.
Otia Nante and his grandmother Te spoke to Robert and Jeanette, morning hosts of radio station The Breeze, about the special moment they had at the Viaduct Harbour.
"It means so much," said the boy.
"We're the same... [and] he thinks I'm going to be an All Black."
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Prince Harry told Otia that "life always be alright" when he heard about his mother dying.
"I made it to 34 years old and life is great," he said.
"I have a beautiful wife, baby on the way, your life is going to be sorted, don't you worry about that."
International media is also reporting on Otia's touching story, particularly how Harry reportedly broke royal protocol to snap a selfie with the youngster.
Otia wrote Harry a letter before meeting him, but says he "can't remember any" of what he said in it.
Te says she and her husband have been raising Otia since his mother died when he was nearly aged one.
"I've always let Otia know there are a couple of princes out there who've lost their mummy when they were little," she said on The Breeze.
"It's important to let him know there are many others out there in the big wide world who have lost their parents."
Te says being there when Otia met Harry was "a beautiful moment... it was a bit surreal".
Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are in Rororua today on the last day of their royal tour of New Zealand.