Prince Harry Visits Gravely Ill Boy, Gives Him Gift That Has Everyone Smiling
FaithTap Staff 7/19/2017
Marriage into the British Royal family made Diana the Princess of Wales, but it was her work for those less fortunate all around the world, that rightfully earned her the title of The People's Princess. Continuing her legacy since her passing 20 years ago, are her children Prince William and Prince Harry, who over the years, have made their mum proud with their own dedication to help others.
While many different causes have been near and dear to this new generation of monarchs, the one that they have supported openly and often is their commitment to help improve the well being of children across the United Kingdom and the world!
WellChild, is one such charity that helps seriously ill children in the UK get the proper care they need at home so that they thrive without having to leave the comfort of their families. Over the years, the charity has received much support from Prince Harry and the royal family. But sometimes, it isn't just money that can make a difference.
Elizabeth McOmish-Rooney, 44, lives in Bramley with her five young children, youngest of whom, 5-year-old Oliver Rooney, has a rare chromosome disorder called Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome. Because of this, the Rooney family ended up being the 300th project that WellChild decided to support in collaboration with another charity called Helping Hands.
Part of the project consisted of giving the family a better back yard and garden which would allow for Oliver to be able to go outside and play with his siblings and develop his physical abilities. According to Elizabeth:
"It's going to give us a space all the family can use ... Previously, Oliver has had to be kept away from the other boys because of the condition of the garden at the bottom; now we're all going to be able to play together."
So while this in itself was a very exciting moment for the Rooney's they were in for an even bigger surprise.
Turns out, Prince Harry decided to meet Oliver and the rest of the Rooney clan, and see for himself just how their lives were going to be transformed with this new upgraded yard. Hanging out with the kids apparently is not something new for Prince Harry. He seemed effortless in entertaining and making the kids feel at ease.
At one point Harry pretended to be their teacher trying to make up for the day of school they were missing, but then quickly gave up on that and decided to school the children in rugby instead when he found out they weren't big fans:
"Hang on. Are you not rugby league fans? Somehow, we're going to have to get you into rugby as well. Because I could imagine you all being in a rugby league team together."
So while their backyard was being transformed, Harry was more than happy to just hang out with the kids and genuinely seemed impressed with Elizabeth's ability to parent five young boys.
Given how much fun the boys had, Oliver's mom said that Harry's visit was:
"Something we'll talk about forever."
There is no doubt that a new backyard along with this visit from the Prince himself is something that will make a huge difference in Oliver's heath and attitude towards life!
Prince Harry also visited the Leeds Children's Hospital to meet other children and their parents who will receive or have received help from WellChild. With each encounter he seemed curious to learn how the families cope with the challenge of having a sick child, and just how WellChild had aided in making it a bit more manageable.
The fashion and the gossip often tends to overtake our fascination with the British royalty, but proving that there is yet another reason to love them, is Prince Harry who has carried on her mother's dreams of helping those less formulate.
Sources: Gladwire, BBC, Instagram/KensingtonRoyal, Image Credit: Twitter/KensingtonPalace, Twitter/PrinceHarry