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Prince Harry. You know him, you love him, you want to marry him. There’s just something about him, whether it’s the way he helps others, the way he is with children, that smile, his gingerness, how similar he is to his late mother, Princess Diana. He has become quite the inspiration and one of the harder-working royals out there.

Harry meets a ton of people during his appearances but one boy in particular made an impact on him. Carson Hartley suffered from spina bifida, brittle bones and a heart defect for most of his life and he got to meet the prince back in September 2014 when Harry attended the WellChild Awards. They exchanged hugs and high-fives and Harry was his usual awesome self and Carson was also quite the charmer.

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So when Harry learned that the five-year-old passed away, he felt compelled to write a letter to Hartley’s mother, Kirsty, which she shared with her local paper, the Liverpool Echo.

“I was so very sad to hear the tragic news,” Harry wrote. “Carson made such an impression on me at the Wellchild Awards last year with his warm smile and hugs. He showed so much happiness with such a positive outlook despite the challenges he faced. Carson was a wonderful young boy and I am delighted to have had the chance to meet him. I wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear of your loss and pass to you my heartfelt condolences.”

Dear, sweet Harry. He really is the best. And such a wonder with kids. It won’t cure the heartache but for Kirsty, the letter only proves what she already knows: that her son was a great, inspiring little person and that his memory will forever live on.

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