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Prince of Wales pays tribute to tragic teen Hayley

By Tom Pugh

Published 16/04/2015

Inspirational: Hayley Okines
Inspirational: Hayley Okines

The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to a young girl known as "the 100-year-old teenager" who died after being afflicted with a premature ageing condition - as mourners gathered at her funeral.

In a letter to Hayley Okines's grieving parents, Charles described the 17-year-old who died this month after living a lifetime with progeria as "an inspiration to millions".

The condition, which affects about 125 children in 43 countries, causes people to age eight times faster than the usual rate.

In his letter, the Prince said he had been "deeply impressed by her incredible spirit and her infectious love of life" when they met at the Children of Courage event at Westminster Abbey in 2004.

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