Prince Harry may only be the spare to the heir, but some of his youngest fans want to see him take the top job one day. As the 31-year-old royal joined schoolchildren to film a TV show, one boy asked him: "Are you ever going to be King?"
Laughing, Harry replied: "That's the question everybody wanted, let's be honest! You'll be glad to know, probably not!"
When the nine-year-old called Tristan, a pupil at Lambs Lane Primary School, Wokingham, Berks, looked downcast, Harry turned towards him and said: "Oh look at the disappointment! I love that! I'm going to give you a high-five."
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Speaking afterwards, Tristan said: "I just want Prince Harry to do what he wants, what he really, really wants. I think it would be a fun experience for him to be King. I would love to see him be King."
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Harry spent the morning high-fiving youngsters after arriving in their school hall to appear as the surprise star guest on Sky Sports' Game Changers show. He helped present the show, which encourages children to get into sport, and introduced competitors taking part in his Invictus Games, which begin in Orlando on 8 May.
He sat with double amputees Stuart Robinson, 34, and Scott Meenagh, 26, and multiple sclerosis sufferer Mary Wilson, 52, as they explained their sports to the children.
When asked if he was ever going to be King, Harry replied: "You'll be glad to know, probably not!"
When asked by Sky News why he had decided to get involved, Harry said: "The beauty of it, though it's a massive risk from our point of view, is kids will ask whatever they want to ask, they have no inhibitions. They have no problem with going up to someone and saying 'you've got no legs, why?'
"And these guys are a little bit upset, a little bit bored of the parents pulling the kids away saying 'leave the poor man alone.' They would much rather tell their story."
Harry joined in some wheelchair basketball drills, and helped youngsters fish a puzzle out of a plastic ball pool and throw balls at targets – some of which had his face on. After at least the third take at filming the show's introduction, Harry joked: "Shall we stick with the first one?"
The show encourages children to get into sport
Co-presenter Darren Campbell, the former Olympic sprinter, said Harry went down very well with his young audience. He said: "When you are doing a kids' TV show, the children know when somebody's fake and not there for the right reasons. They know Prince Harry was there for the right reasons. It will be a day those young people won't forget."
At one point, Harry quietly headed over to talk with ten-year-old Craig, who uses a wheelchair because he has cerebral palsy. Together, they watched footage of wheelchair-athlete Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham doing BMX-style acrobatic tricks. Harry told him: "I hope to see you when you do backflips in your wheelchair."
Craig said: "It was cool to meet him in person. He said 'You're like one of the people who does the Invictus Games'."
"He puts his heart and soul into everything he does"
Speaking later, Campbell said: "Craig said, 'It's so good to see an adult like me'. Even if we have only inspired that one lad, it's a touching moment. Prince Harry created that and that's why he's got so much respect from the guys from Invictus."
Fellow presenter Di Dougherty added: "He's a gentle person and has a warmth and a genuine friendship towards others. He puts his heart and soul into everything he does. He loves working with children, loves inspiring them – that's what our show is about, inspiring the next generation."
Asked about the Prince's TV presenting skills, she replied: "He'd be great. He's a natural on camera and natural off camera. What he says, he means. He is one of the guys."
The Prince met ten-year-old Craig, who uses a wheelchair because he has cerebral palsy
Another youngster taken by the idea of a future King Harry, Madison, 10, said: "He's really nice, I'd like to see him King. He's really fun."
She added: "We were just saying about where did you get the idea from and why did you want to do it (Invictus). He said he was kind of like one of them and he saw them before their injuries and after and it inspired him to create this because he kind of knows how it would feel."
The Game Changers Invictus Special airs on Sky Sports One on Friday 29 April at 5pm and again at 7.45am on Saturday April 30.