Prince Harry points to the tattoo of Megan Smith, 17, Inspirational Young Person Award victor in the 15-18 years-old age group, next to her mother Chevonne.
The awards are run by WellChild, a national charity working to help seriously-ill children.
He might be a prince, but Harry isn’t above getting down on his knees for a good cause.
Harry was unperturbed and arranged to catch up with her later in the evening at the ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
“The stories we have heard tonight are moving beyond words”, he continued. “They remind us of the utter insignificance of everyday worries”.
The Prince, who is patron of the charity, was even asked if he was “a clown” by nine-year-old Nellie-Mai Evans. “Yet, one of the things that always stands out is the positivity shown by those in the most hard and testing circumstances”.
The youngster, from Warcop, near Appleby, hit the black and white animal-shaped toy on to his head and around his face as he chatted to her adoptive father Jeff Evans, 53.
‘I will try to but I can’t make any promises, ‘ said the prince.
The organisation is best known for its nurses who provide specialist medical care and direct support in the home for chronically ill youngsters.
She has since battled cancer three times and suffered a severe stroke, which has left her suffering from fits – which hospitalise her regularly – and behavioural issues.
Unfortunately, Prince Harry couldn’t fully fulfill her request.
Speaking at the event last night, Hope said: ‘I said to Prince Harry that he didn’t sound as posh as I thought he would and he replied that he laughs at people who sound too posh.
Prince Harry, who retired from the British army in June, has previously told ABC News’ Royal Contributor Victoria Murphy that the memory of his mother had inspired him in his charitable endeavors.
Her mother, Hayley Smallman, said Harry was taken back with her present.