March 13, 2012 07:00 AM

Prince Harry says working with children through his Sentebale charity carries great meaning for him – not least because he lost his own mother, famous for her own charity work, when he was just 12 years old.

Asked by CBS News if he’s been thinking of Princess Diana on his Diamond Jubilee tour this past week, Harry, 27, replied: “In my own personal moments of reflection yes.”

Sentebale literally means “forget me not,” and Harry says that’s a resonant message for him and Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso, with whom he founded Sentebale.

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“[It’s about] not forgetting the children, and not forgetting our mothers, whom both Prince Seeiso and I lost at a fairy young age,” Harry says.

Harry spent plenty of time with children during this tour through Belize, the Bahamas, Jamaica and Brazil. And it’s clearly a cause that matches his own youthful spirit.

“I get a huge buzz from spending time with kids,” he says. “I’m still very much a kid inside myself. And spending time with them keeps me grounded as such.”

The full interview with Prince Harry will air Tuesday and Wednesday on CBS This Morning.

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