Things just got real for Prince Harry!
On Sunday, the ginger royal was practically moved to tears after an American marine gave him the dog tags of a fallen comrade at Buckingham Palace. Awww!
The said marine, Kirstie Ennis, recently finished a 1,000 mile marathon trek for charity through Britain with five peers when she presented the touching token to the 31-year-old.
Shocked by the gesture, Prince William‘s brother responded a bit choked up:
“No I can’t, I can’t accept this.”
However, Miz Ennis seemed resolved in her decision as the tags honored the late Corporal Baune who died in the Helmand Province back in 2012 after his unit was hit by a blast. How sad.
“Please, you know what this means to me, I want you to.”
Wow! What a beautiful moment. Which, luckily for us, Kensington Palace snapped a pic of the powerful conversation (below) and shared it on Twitter.
1000 miles in 72 days! Huge congratulations @supportthewalk #WalkofBritain veterans on your incredible achievement! pic.twitter.com/XxUu80deor
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 1, 2015
In fact, the marine herself was severely injured during a 2012 helicopter crash in Afghanistan, and was scheduled to have her leg AMPUTATED this summer but took on the grueling hike instead. WHOA!
We’re not entirely shocked that this encounter moved Prince George‘s uncle so deeply as working with wounded soldiers has been a charity near to his heart for sometime.
Recently, the prince sat down with President Obama to talk about his 2016 Invictus Games, which is a sporting event for injured active duty and veteran soldiers.
In a previous interview, he noted:
“In February 2008, at the end of my first tour in Afghanistan, I traveled home on an aircraft carrying three seriously injured British soldiers and the coffin of a Danish Soldier. From that moment, I was committed to doing all I could to ensure that those men and women, who had sacrificed so much for their countries, would receive the recognition and support they deserved.”
We couldn’t be prouder of Harry and all the work he’s done with this cause. Bravo!
[Image via WENN.]