In photos reminiscent of his late mother Princess Diana, Prince Harry showed his caring side as he paid a surprise hospital visit to six-year-old Ollie Carroll, who along with his three-year-old sister, Amelia, suffers from a rare genetic disease called Battens.
Harry and Ollie first met at the WellChild Awards last October, where the six-year-old, who has limited mobility, won the Most Inspirational Child Award.
Photos and a recount of the visit were posted on a Facebook page run by Ollie's parents Lucy and Mike, entitled Ollie's Army Battling Against Battens. "What happened that day was truly magical," they wrote. "Ollie used all of his strength to stand on two feet to give Prince Harry a huge hug. We truly believe in that moment a bond was made between Ollie and Prince Harry."
The parents wrote a letter to Harry, explaining that they had received amazing news that Ollie and Amelia had been granted access to compassionate use of a pioneering treatment for CNL2 Batten Disease. They wrote: "We thanked him for giving our son the strength to stand when we thought this was no longer possible. On Tuesday, whilst at Great Ormond Street Hospital getting treatment, Ollie and Amelia got a very special personal visit from Prince Harry.
"For an hour Prince Harry sat with us talking and playing with our children, laughing and making memories. The very thing our children want the most in life, to be happy and have fun. We feel so much pride knowing that Ollie and Amelia are touching the lives of the people they meet, with their love and their strength. The love, the support and the laughter within that treatment room on Tuesday will stay with us forever."
They concluded their post by thanking Prince Harry from the bottom of their hearts. "It was truly incredible to watch him with our children and to have the opportunity to talk with him about our journey with Battens," they wrote. "We would also like to thank Great Ormond Street hospital and the WellChild Charity for all their ongoing support."