Royal day for Lee’s widow and son
THIS is the poignant moment the widow and son of murdered soldier Lee Rigby met Prince Harry at a special garden party to honour the fallen.
The fusilier’s six-yearold boy Jack and his mum Rebecca Rigby, 34, were all smiles as the Prince struggled to keep a plate in the air when he tried his hand at spinning.
They were among 850 youngsters invited to Buckingham Palace for a funfair hosted by Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in honour of the children of servicemen and women killed while serving their country.
Lee, from Middleton, was killed by two Islamic extremists outside Woolwich Barracks in London in 2013. The pair were later jailed for life.
Rebecca Rigby said: “Prince Harry is a really nice guy. It’s been a fantastic opportunity for both parents and children.”
Prince Harry told the audience: “I can assure you that Buckingham Palace gardens have not seen this much fun, ever.
“We’re here to celebrate you and to remind you that we as a family, we as a nation and we up and down the country will never ever forget about the sacrifices that every single one of you have made.”
The prince added: “You are all together, you are one community of people that have been through the same experiences and for that every single one of us here, all the organisers, the three of us, the whole of our family and the whole of this nation, thank you so, so much for everything you guys have done.”
The tea party was organised by the royals as a special treat for the children and ‘to honour those whose mother or father have died fighting for their country’, royal sources said.
William, Kate and Harry wanted to acknowledge ‘the fact that a number of young children have had to come to terms with the loss of someone very close to them at a young age’.
The duke and prince have recently spoken of their devastation follow- ing the death of the mother, Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997 when they were young boys.
Harry admitted he had sought counselling to help him cope with his grief, while William said of his mother’s death ‘the shock is the biggest thing and I still feel it 20 years later’.
Prince Harry talks to Lee Rigby’s widow Rebecca and his son Jack during the tea party at Buckingham Palace Andrew