Prince Harry has cut a ribbon to formally open this year’s London Marathon Expo – and had help from a little girl.
Prince Harry was making his first public appearance since disclosing he sought counselling to come to terms with the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
At the Marathon Expo, being held at the ExCeL centre in London’s Docklands, Prince Harry, who is Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, also handed out special edition Heads Together headbands.
Prince Harry invited five-year-old Mellisa Howse to help him
Heads Together is the mental health campaign spearheaded by Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the aim of encouraging the nation to talk about their psychological problems or be a sympathetic ear for those in need.
The first dozen runners in the queue for their official numbers were chosen to meet the Prince and they posed behind him as he cut the ribbon.
Mellisa's father said: "I don't think she knew who he was, but she was very, very excited"
He picked little Mellisa Howse, aged five, whose father Tony Howse is running on Sunday, to help him hold the scissors.
Mr Howse said: "I don’t think she knew who he was, but she was very, very excited."
Prince Harry handed out race numbers for the London Marathon
The Prince received widespread praise for admitting, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, he spent nearly 20 years "not thinking" about his mother’s death and eventually got help after two years of "total chaos".
Prime Minister Theresa May said his decision to open up would help "smash the stigma around mental health," Mind, the mental health charity, described it as a "true turning point," while Sir Elton John tweeted it was a "sign of strength to ask for help".
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Later, the Duchess of Cambridge will host marathon runners from team Heads Together at Kensington Palace, where she will chat to the group and discuss their reasons for taking part and wish them luck.
The runners will then take part in a training session with coach Nick Anderson.