It’s pretty obvious (and so very awesome) that Prince Harry is taking after his mother by using his status to help make the world a better place. And while many of his efforts aim to have a widespread reach, the young Prince’s recent visit with two siblings battling the same terminal illness was totally personal. Prepare yourself, though — this may make you weep uncontrollably.
Last year, Prince Harry met six-year-old Ollie Carroll and his little sister, Amelia, who both suffer from Batten disease, which is a rare childhood genetic nervous system disorder. Eventually resulting in patients losing their ability to walk, see, eat, or breathe, most children with the disorder don’t live past twelve years. Just heartbreaking.
While Ollie and Amelia struggle, they’ve also made a friend in Prince Harry, who reunited with the pair this week. The children’s parents, Lucy and Mike, shared pics of the visit, along with the message, “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 [is] to be happy and having fun.” Are you already crying? Yep, us too.
Lucy and Mike continued, “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. From the bottom of our hearts we thank Prince Harry for his support, his time, and his kindness towards our family and our journey with Batten Disease. It was truly incredible to watch him with our children and to have the opportunity to talk with him about our journey.”
Oh, Harry. Your mom would be so proud. And keep having lots of fun and staying strong, Ollie and Amelia!
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(h/t Pop Sugar; photo via John Phillips/Getty)