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Jim Mitchell

When Harry met Harry

When Harry met Harry

It was a case of “When Harry Met Harry” when Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s visit to New Zealand kicked off with an adorable exchange yesterday.  

In the crowd, waiting for a glimpse of the royal couple who were visiting Pukeahu National War Memorial in Wellington to lay wreaths, was a ginger-haired seven-year-old holding up a sign painted in bright green, which read, “Hi Harry, I'm Harry.”

There was more than a passing resemblance as the Duke of Sussex stopped to greet young Harry who was sporting a vibrant blue bow tie at the front of the reported 5000-strong crowd gathered behind barricades. According to the Daily Mail, the Prince went as far as to say that the boy was the “best dressed man here".

The little Harry told the Otago Daily Times  that the Prince noted they had the same colour hair and praised his bow tie.

“He said, ‘I like your bow tie and you're a redhead too.’ He asked if I painted the sign and how old I was,” he said.

Nicola Smith, Harry’s mum, said that the 34-year-old royal was “really chatty to us and spent time speaking to us,” and that her love of the Royals had “rubbed off” on her son.

When asked by the publication if it had been worth the journey to Wellington from the Kapiti Coast for a chance to see the royals, the little Harry was unequivocal, saying "Yup, definitely.”