Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Given Teddy Bear: The Touching Story Behind the Baby Gift

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepare for the arrival of Baby Sussex, excitement is building about the due date and if they are having a boy or a girl. With the upcoming birth of their first child, the royal couple are likely to get plenty of advice and even a few gifts. When Prince Harry and Markle were recently given a teddy bear for their child, the gift came with a heartbreaking story.

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Prince Harry unveiled a memorial at Cannon Hill Park

During a visit to Birmingham to unveil a memorial for the victims of the 2015 Tunisia terrorist attacks at Cannon Hill Park, Prince Harry visited with some of the victims’ families.

One woman, Suzy Richards, gave Harry a sweet teddy bear that had a special meaning — Richards had lost three members of her family, her son Joel, dad Pat, and brother Ade, in the terror attack. Her younger son, Owen, survived the attack after attempting to shield his grandfather from the gunman.

As a tribute to her lost family members, Richards set up a charity in her son Joel’s name, called Smile for Joel, which the website explains as “a fundraising charity supporting families who are victims of murder and terrorism.”

The teddy bear was a special symbol and baby gift

Richards and her son Owen gave the teddy bear to Prince Harry at the event that opene the memorial for the 31 British victims of two terrorist attacks in Tunisia.

Richards explained their family’s story and the reason for their charity on the Smile for Joel website, noting: “After losing three very precious family members in June 2015, during the Tunisian terror attacks our supportive loyal and loving family will never be the same. We are shattered, broken and every day is a colossal struggle for not having them here with us.”

She continued: “To go from a family of six to three is an unbearable pain and has left an emptiness that we know will never go away. In the midst of this heartache I am determined to stand strong for my remaining family and like any Mom would I want to strive to make Owen’s life the best I can, especially after he was the sole survivor in my family on that fateful day.”

Remembering those lost in the attacks in a special way

Richards further explained, “I am also determined to not let the lives of my son Joel, my dad Pat and my brother Ade be forgotten. I want their names and beautiful caring ways to live on forever through their legacy.  I want to make a difference in their name for others who have experienced losing someone they love in such a heart-breaking way.”

She shared the details of their mission, noting: “My son and I decided, we want to make a difference so SmileForJoel was set up as a fund raising charity to support and help shattered/ broken families who are victims of traumatic bereavement through homicide. We give direct to families the support that they desperately need. This support is very diverse, from time out for family breaks, special counselling, help with purchases of gifts or that special gift to a family to show them someone does care.”