Prince Harry Dresses up as Santa to Send Christmas Wishes to Children Who Lost a Parent in Military Service
Prince Harry is spreading Christmas cheer by pretending to be Santa Claus in a sweet clip created for a children's charity. He gives a twist at the end.
The Duke of Sussex, 35, reached out to the children of Scotty's Little Soldiers with a heartwarming video message of comfort. According to ET, the royal made the video for those at a Christmas boat party.
The event took place on London's Thames River earlier this month, but Harry's words stand for all time. The video, which was shared on Instagram, is found below.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Creative Industries and Business Reception | Photo: Getty Images
Harry dons Santa suit
Scotty's Little Soldiers is a charity foundation for British children whose parents are fallen soldiers. With this in mind, Harry's message was uniquely appropriate.
Wearing a Santa suit complete with a full white beard and hat, the Duke greeted the kids, "Ho, ho, ho, hi guys!" He wished them well at the event, pointing out that 190 kids attended this year.
The father-of-one encouraged the little ones to cause chaos, and also reminded them that they belong to a family and a supportive community who is looking out for them.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel | Photo: Getty Images
A solemn message
Despite their loss, the Duke expressed surety that all the kids have a great future ahead and — more in the short term — will have a successful Christmas.
"Your parents... they will never be forgotten. And you will never be forgotten. And I really really hope — and I know that you will leave today with a huge smile on your face and Happy New Year!"
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Tembisa township to learn about Youth Employment Services (YES) | Photo: Getty Images
Harry unmasks himself
The royal finished off by sending Christmas greetings for all before pulling down his beard to reveal his real one underneath. Let's hope the younger kids know that there are a lot of fake Santas out there.
The charity organization uploaded the video to their website, and Founder Nikki Scott thanked the Duke for his efforts. She said that the children were thrilled by the recording.
Harry and Meghan miss Queen's lunch
Harry is currently with his wife, Meghan Markle, and their son in the United States. The pair are on a lengthy break from their royal duties and opted to stay with Markle's mother Doria Ragland for the holidays.
As a result, the couple missed the Queen's Annual Christmas Lunch at Buckingham Palace last week. Nearly all royals attended the annual festivities except the Sussexes.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship | Photo: Getty Images
The Queen's alleged feelings
Queen Elizabeth II gave her public approval of the move, but recently, ET's sources claimed that the monarch was quite disappointed by the pair's decision.
The alleged source also said that other members of the royal family pointed to the advancing age of the Queen and Prince Philip and felt it was somewhat inconsiderate to miss the season's activities.
Queen Elizabeth II tours Queen Mother Square in Poundbury, Dorset | Photo: Getty Images
On the other hand, some family members expressed support for the pair's decision back in November. One thing's for sure: the Christmas spirit is alive and well wherever the Sussexes are.