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In pictures: Playful Prince Harry joins in park fun

The prince joined children taking part in a Fit And Fed campaign session in a London park.

Prince Harry left a little boy giddy with delight by giving him a royal spin.

The playful antics came as Harry visited an east London park to join children taking part in a session of the Fit And Fed campaign, which gives youngsters in the borough of Newham free sporting activities and lunch throughout the summer holidays.

Prince Harry playing in Central Park in East Ham (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

The Prince took a shine to six-year-old Kavya Patel after the youngster burst into tears when he was unable to get the ball during a game of handball.

Harry had been watching from the sidelines at Central Park in East Ham but quickly gave the little boy a friendly rub on the head and then swung him around to cheer him up.

After earlier declining to join a game of football, telling one of the coaches he was not wearing boots, the Prince happily joined in the handball game.

Prince Harry helped one of the children who was in goal (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Harry had been watching from the sidelines (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
But soon joined in the game himself (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

When he was thrown the ball by a coach, he held it aloft and the young players, all aged six to eight, put their arms up in anticipation.

Harry picked one lucky girl to receive the pass and start the game, and she ran off, chased by her team-mates and the opposition.

Kavya said of the royal visitor: “Prince Harry loves to play.”

Prince Harry also helped with lunch (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Harry made sure there was enough fruit and salad to go round (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

The six-year-old said he got upset after failing to get the ball during the game but he enjoyed being swung around by Harry as a consolation.

He said with a laugh: “It was exciting. I was flying around, then I felt dizzy.”


From Belfast Telegraph