Pictures: Prince Harry makes first public appearance since naked pictures published

11:28 04 September 2012

Prince Harry speaks at the WellChild awards ceremony. Picture: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Prince Harry speaks at the WellChild awards ceremony. Picture: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

A little boy who threatened to mention Prince Harry’s naked pictures was kept in check by a little finger wagging from the royal.

Prince Harry talks to  Alex Logan as he attends the WellChild awards ceremony InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, London. Picture: Lewis Whyld/PA WirePrince Harry talks to Alex Logan as he attends the WellChild awards ceremony InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, London. Picture: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Alex Logan, who is in remission from acute leukaemia, met the Prince at the WellChild awards last night, celebrating seriously ill youngsters and the doctors and nurses who care for them, and appeared about to broach the topic of the pictures taken showing the royal naked in a hotel room in Las Vegas.

During an interview by ITV News earlier in the day, the six-year-old, when asked what he would say to the royal, replied: “I’m glad you’ve got your clothes on Prince Harry”.

But the Prince left the little boy, who won the Inspirational Child award for boys aged three-to-six, in no doubt the incident was off limits, crouching down to his level and telling him not to talk about it as he shook his finger at him and smiled.

Prince Harry gave a speech at the event at the InterContinental Park Lane hotel at the end of the night, praising the award winners, and drew laughs when he inadvertently made a veiled comment about his recent naked exploits.

Prince Harry meets Hope Hillis. Picture: Lewis Whyld/PA WirePrince Harry meets Hope Hillis. Picture: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

He drew polite laughs from the audience of youngsters and their families, friends and medical carers when he told them it would be difficult to describe their achievements with words: “But never one to be shy in coming forward, I’ll give it a go.”

When Prince Harry realised what he had said he giggled and the guests erupted with applause and cheers.

Alex’s mother Debbie Logan, 39, from Lincoln, described the encounter between her son and the Prince. She said: “Harry said to Alex ‘you keep looking up at your mum, looks like you’re dying to say something but you know she will tell you off.

“’I heard you were on ITV earlier, you said something cheeky, let’s not talk about that here’.”

Rose Whittle, 9, (left) Alex Logan, 6, (centre) and Matthew Merritt, 9, (right) with Prince Harry. Picture: Lewis Whyld/PA WireRose Whittle, 9, (left) Alex Logan, 6, (centre) and Matthew Merritt, 9, (right) with Prince Harry. Picture: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Last night was Prince Harry’s first public appearance since pictures of him naked with a woman during a Las Vegas holiday emerged on a celebrity gossip website and were then printed by The Sun newspaper.

Prince Harry is patron of WellChild, a UK-based charity dedicated to the needs of sick children and their families, whose children’s nurses provide specialist medical care and direct support in the home for chronically ill youngsters.

He proved a big draw with one of the award winners, Hope Hillis, from Lisburn, Northern Ireland, who gave the Prince a “cow lick” as a sign of her affection.

The youngster, who won the Inspirational Child award for girls aged three-to-six, has had more than 50 operations for various conditions after she was born three months premature and suffered a bleed on the brain. The five-year-old licked the right side of Harry’s cheek which made him laugh and he joked: “We’ve only just met.”

Rose Whittle, 9, hugs Prince Harry. Picture: Lewis Whyld/PA WireRose Whittle, 9, hugs Prince Harry. Picture: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

When she repeated it a few minutes later the royal put his hand up to his face in mock horror.

Sarah Hillis, 32, Hope’s mother, said: “We’ve been saying to her for ages, ‘when you meet Harry what are you going to do?’, and she said, ‘I’m going to lick him’.

“That’s a great compliment from Hope, a lick on the side of the face, that’s better then a kiss.”

Amongst the celebrity guests who presented prizes were Jeff Banks, Nancy Dell’Olio and Janet Ellis.

In his speech, Prince Harry told guests: “All of you - children, families, nurses, doctors, carers, volunteers - are, quite frankly, too remarkable for me adequately to describe with mere words.

“But never one to be shy in coming forward, I’ll give it a go. You’re fun, brave, inspirational, dedicated, professional, magnificent... oh, and fun again.

“It may seem an odd thing to say after the patriotic euphoria of the Olympics and Paralympics, but I think you represent the very best of Britain.

“Your spirit triumphs through adversity, and makes our every day worries seem very very insignificant. It is the example that you set us, that makes me so proud to be the Patron of WellChild.”

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