Gallery: Prince Harry becomes ‘Prince Charming’ as girl, 5, meets the ‘real life prince’ at RAF Honington in Suffolk

Prince Harry attends the 26 Squadron RAF Regiment Standard Parade at RAF Honington

Prince Harry attends the 26 Squadron RAF Regiment Standard Parade at RAF Honington - Credit: Gregg Brown

Prince Harry made a five-year-old girl’s dream come true yesterday when she was able to meet a ‘real prince’.

Meeting members of the RAF and their families after 26 Squadron’s parade at RAF Honington, His Royal Highness was compared to ‘Prince Charming’.

Sergeant Tom Price, of 26 Squadron, said of his daughter Ava: “She is of that age where she is in to princesses and princes.

“We told her ‘you are going to meet a real life prince’ and she was very excited.”

When Prince Harry greeted Ava, in the heritage centre on the base, he was more concerned about whether she might have got cold watching her father on parade.

Sgt Price said: “He asked if she had a warm hat and a scarf to keep her from the cold. He was very charming.”

Ava said she was excited to meet the ‘real life prince’ but was too shy to respond when Sgt Price asked her: “Was he a Prince Charming?”

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Ava’s mother, Lynne Price, just missed out on meeting Prince Harry, but agreed it was “freezing” watching the parade in bitter winds.

Prince Harry, who served in Afghanistan with the Army’s Wattisham Airfield based Apache Helicopters, has previously visited RAF Honington two times, after becoming its Honorary Commander in 2008.

The gathering in the heritage centre gave an opportunity for armed forces members from across the base, including retired personnel, to meet the popular prince.

Corporal Tobias Jamieson, of 26 Squadron, revealed that the future monarch was more interested in how he and his Polish wife met than military matters.

He said: “It was an honour and a privilege to have Prince Harry here. He was asking me and my wife how we met.

“It was because I am Welsh and my wife is Polish and he just wondered how we might have got together.”