THE daughter of an army veteran told Prince Harry to wipe his feet before he walked into their house following the announcement he was set to become an uncle for the third time.
Lilly-Anne Flores, five, wasn’t about to let royalty get in the way of a clean and tidy home so politely asked him to use the mat at the door of their house in the Veterans’ Village in Newton Heath, Manchester.
Prince Harry, who has been pictured giving a thumbs up following the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting baby number three, did as he was told.
The 32-year-old then went onto to meet her father, Simon Flores, who has lived in the recently transformed house for almost a year as part of his visit which involved meeting ex-servicemen and women.
Simon, 37, who was in the Army for 13 years, had his foot blown off in Basra, Iraq, by a roadside IED in 2006 – 10 days before Christmas.
The Lance Corporal carried on his career in Edinburgh with the Three Rifles.
He met his former partner and had three children, Lilly-Anne, Damaso, four, and Kobi, six, and left the Army in 2013 with a medical discharge.
He moved to Oldham but the house was too small so Help for Heroes invited him to join the Veterans’ Village project which was run by BBC series, DIY SOS.
Prince Harry, along with brother Prince William, visited during the construction on Canada Street, in 2015, and returned on Monday to see its progress.
Simon said it was a real privilege to meet Prince Harry.
He said: “I was nervous to meet him, I was sweating all day. I wanted the children to overwhelm him and they did.
“He was made up with them and was having pictures with them. He loves kids, it was brilliant.
“We had a chat about everything really.
“I was training for the Invictus Games but injured my shoulder and had to pull out of it.
“He told me to start training again and I actually start again tomorrow.
“It was an honour to meet him, not just because he’s royalty, but because he’s been there, experienced it and seen it. So he knows where we are coming from and can relate.
“He has seen his fair share of drama over there. I think a member of the Royal family who has seen that stuff, has the utmost respect from me. He’s a brilliant guy.”
The children all said they loved meeting Prince Harry too.