Prince Harry shared a sweet moment with a little girl at the U.K.’s Invictus team launch.
After meeting Harry, 32, at the event, six-year-old Maya Turner handed the royal a handwritten letter. Little Maya smiled ear to ear — missing teeth and all — as Harry read her message.
Maya’s mom, 38-year-old RAF Sgt. Michelle Turner, was chosen to compete on behalf of the U.K. on the swimming and rowing teams at the Invictus Games in Toronto this year. Michelle suffers from a heart condition.
“I was very proud of mummy and every other brave boy and girl,” the letter read. “Thank you Help for Heroes and Prince Harry for helping my mummy and her friends.”
Former army officer Harry told the competitors, “It’s not about medals, it’s about taking part. Every single one of you are ambassadors for the Invictus Games.”
“When you cross the finish line regardless of where you position, I know exactly what all you guys are going to do,” he continued. “You’ll turn around and you’ll congratulate every single person who comes over that line regardless of what strip they’re wearing.”
The Invictus Games is an international Paralympic-style multi-sport event created by Prince Harry. The opening ceremony will take place in Toronto on September 23.