Maybe because of how they looked, many of us always assumed that Prince William would be like his mother and Prince Harry would be like his dad. But as they’ve gotten older, particularly in recent years, it’s been the other way around. It’s always been Harry who’s had that pull to follow in Diana‘s footsteps and you see it in the way he is with children and the charity work he does.
Diana would often keep her ventures out of the media’s eye, because she wanted privacy for her meetings with AIDS patients. And that’s exactly what Harry did when he paid a secret visit to a hospital in East London.
And it just so happens, Mildmay Mission Hospital is the place Diana was photographed with an AIDS patient, shaking his hand and kissing him on the cheek, combating stigma and breaking down barriers.
Harry, who had just arrived from Africa, spent time meeting patients and talking to staff. “He had a chance to speak to staff there for a bit longer,” a spokesman for the prince told People. “He met with patients and spent some time learning a bit more about the work there.
He added: “He is continuing to learn more about HIV as a virus, and he was able to talk to them about his work on testing, which he is very interested in.”
Harry commented that he couldn’t believe how his mother Diana — who made 17 visits to Mildmay, 14 of which were secret — managed to sneak in without the press knowing.
Kerry Reeves-Kneip, director of fundraising, said: “She used to sneak in and out unknown. Nowadays, Twitter, no chance.”
Like mother, like son. If anyone could do it, Harry can. Even with Twitter.
Speaking of Harry’s awesomeness, in celebration of his 32nd birthday, we give you 32 pictures of him living up to his nickname. May we present, in so many more ways than one, Hot Harry:
Harry celebrated his birthday by following in Diana’s footsteps
Harry laying on the charmWhat a prince.Getty Images
Harry sneaking up on Zara's daughterMia has no idea what's in store.Getty Images
Harry gobbling up MiaShe pushes him away but he keeps going back for more. Obviously.Getty Images
Top Hat HarryIn a sea of formal, Harry is still the only one we see.Getty Images
When Harry met KateExchanging flirty glances when Will isn't looking.Getty Images
Harry playing poloSo serious. Seriously hot.Getty Images
Harry smiling during poloWe hate to see you go but we like to watch you leave.Getty Images
Harry sweating after poloMmmm ... pardon us, what were we just talking about?Getty Images
Harry appreciating a beautiful womanJoss Stone, you lucky lady, you.Getty Images
Harry puck-dropping in CanadaAll the men here are handsome but we only have eyes for Harry.Getty Images
Harry boxingWe'll be your sparring partner.Getty Images
Harry playing volleyballSpike it to us, Harry.Getty Images
Harry at the netThe shirt's in the way. He should've just flung it off.Getty Images
Harry playing rugbyBarefoot in the park is just a start.Getty Images
Harry in the South PoleTrekking in frigid conditions but he's still smokin' hot.Getty Images
Harry nerding it upIf you like that kind of thing. (We do).Getty Images
Harry + Harry = HotAccio delish.Getty Images
Harry loves dogsLook at that smile!Getty Images
Dogs love HarryLucky b*tch.Getty Images
Harry modellingEven in a women's jacket, he still looks yummy.Getty Images
Harry doing manual labourYes, please.Getty Images
Harry doing more workWow.Getty Images
Harry's game faceOn a kids' game show, showing them who's boss. That face.Getty Images
Harry and the toddlerNo one can resist his charms.Getty Images
Harry and the babyWell, this one looks a little disinterested. If she only knew.Getty Images
Harry laughingHe might be the only one in on the joke but if he's having a good time, we're having a good time.Getty Images
Harry dancingCheck out his moves.Getty Images
Harry bakingWhat's cooking, good looking?Getty Images
Harry swinging a boyNever thought we'd say this but we don't know who's cuter. Getty Images
Harry meets his matchWe can't even. So much goodness here.Getty Images
Harry in AfghanistanHe's armed and dangerously hot.Getty Images
Harry in his dress uniformScorching! We salute you.Getty Images