Earlier today, Prince Harry paid tribute to inspirational parents battling to give their ill or unwell children ordinary lives.
The royal met with mothers and fathers at Buckingham Palace, who have given their lives to raising their children at home despite major health problems. The group of devoted parents have started sharing their daily experiences online backed by charity WellChild, in which Harry is a patron.
Harry told the group: “You’ve been able to share your experiences. Now you’re professionals at this. You’ve got to try to share these experiences and help other people.
“I’d imagine its one hell of a decision to say I want my children at home.”
The prince was speaking at a reception to mark the charity’s 40th anniversary. Among the mums was Hayley Smallman, whose daughter has cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease and epilepsy, among other health problems.
“One of the best days of your life isn’t it,” Haley said after meeting with Prince Harry. “Our normal routine is so far away from this world and to be invited to Buckingham Palace for the day, it’s just elevated us completely.”
The prince had met the pair when Holly’s visually impaired sister received an award for looking after her by WellChild in 2015. “He asked me, ‘how am I best to communicate with her?'” Hayley said. “I said, ‘it would be best if you held her hand and talked to her so she could use her other senses.” And he got down on one knee and held her hand.”
Rhian Greenslade, a WellChild nurse, also added: “Prince Harry was very friendly. I’ve been a WellChild nurse for eight years and he was just saying how beneficial the role is.
“We talk to parents about the emotional and financial difficulties they face and help prepare them for bringing their children home.”