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Prince Harry Pays Tribute to His Mother, Wants to Make Her "Incredibly Proud"

The 31-year-old never let go of the memory of his beautiful mom.

Prince Harry is opening up about his mom, Princess Diana, saying she is still a huge part of his life. 

Harry lost his mom when he was 12 years old when she died tragically in a car crash in Paris, and says he wants to live a life she’d approve of. 

"All I want to do is make my mother incredibly proud," he tells People in a new interview for this week's cover story.

"That's all I've ever wanted to do. When she died, there was a gaping hole, not just for us but also for a huge amount of people across the world. If I can try and fill a very small part of that, then job done. I will have to, in a good way, spend the rest of my life trying to fill that void as much as possible. And so will [my brother] William.”

Speaking from Kensington Palace, Harry, 31, was gearing up for a trip to the U.S., where he will attend his Invictus Games in Orlando, and a charity polo match in Palm Beach, Fla. The Invictus Games are an Olympic-style competition for wounded veterans.

“How can I use my name and that spotlight to the best effect?  Creating the games was almost like a cure for that pain I had back then,” he says.

Harry also spoke of his military experience and charity work, saying, “I don't do things because I feel as though my mother would want me to do them." Although he says his compassion probably stems from her influence.

"I know I've got a lot of my mother in me. I am doing a lot of things that she would probably do,” he says. 

This issue hits newsstands Friday.

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