Prince Harry and kids, it’s a lethal combination. The royal gets on like wildfire with children of all ages and seeing him in action, whether interacting, having a chat or playing games with them is simply a joy to watch. Harry has a lot of royal duties on his plate, making appearances here, there and everywhere, but whenever there are kids involved, it’s truly special. The way he lights up around them, and them around him, is just wonderful and what makes him so swoonworthy.
So when Harry had the opportunity to be a surprise guest on Game Changers, a show on pay TV channel Sky Sports in the U.K., he jumped at it. The show, which aims to encourage children to get excited about sports through games, was an Invictus special, hence Harry’s participation. But we think he would’ve been a part of it no matter what he was asked to do.
Filmed at Lambs Lane Primary School in Berkshire, Harry was on hand to help present the show and showcase some competitors in the upcoming Invictus Games, which kicks off in Orlando on May 8. (FYI, Toronto is hosting the 2017 Games.) Harry also sits down with the athletes, who explain their sports to the kids, with Scott Meenagh also demonstrating how his prosthetic legs work.
“There’s got to be a focus on the next generation, there has to be, and the beauty of it, though it’s a massive risk from our point of view, is kids will ask whatever they want to ask, they have no inhibitions,” the prince told Sky News of his decision to take part in the children’s TV show. “They have no problem with going up to someone and saying, ‘You’ve got no legs, why?’ and these guys are a little bit upset, a little bit bored of the parents pulling the kids away saying leave the poor man alone. They would much rather tell their story.”
The athletes had a go at the Super Skills ball game, while Harry helped out in the All-Rounder and took part in a question and answer session — including an awkward question!
The prince also took part in some wheelchair basketball drills with the students and helped them throw balls at targets, some of which have his smiling face plastered on them. Harry’s such a good sport! (Heh. See what we did there?)
The Game Changers Invictus Special airs Friday at 5 p.m. in the U.K.