Prince Harry meets ‘amazingly brave’ children with serious illnesses –

“It’s quite daunting at first meeting him, but he’s so down-to-earth – really inspirational, very caring.

“What he does with WellChild, it means the world to us.”

 After spending three hours at the event, the Prince did not go home empty-handed either.

Erin Cross, a seven-year-old who has battled leukaemia for five years, gave him a felt-tip pen picture of the two of them, and a helicopter flying over head.

Erin, who had hidden behind her chair after feeling a little shy when the Prince walked in, was soon coaxed out to talk about her picture, smiling as Harry told her: “You’re quite the artist.” 

Rhiannon Horsman, 11, who won an award for tirelessly caring for her under brother, gave the Prince a pennant from her favourite rugby league team, which he asked her to sign for him.

Leaving a room full of award winners to go down to the ceremony itself, the Prince warned his new friends that the “children will be laughing, the parents will all be crying” at the emotional evening.

The WellChild awards, at Lancaster House Hotel, London, celebrate the achievements and courage of seriously ill children and their families, and thank those who care for and support them.


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