Cue nervous laughter. No. We’re just kidding. Nothing went amiss in what we’re calling The Big Scary Scissor Incident, because this (lovely) Prince thunk quick!
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 19, 2017
Kensington Palace shared some vision of the Harry-kiddo scissor situation on their official Twitter account and we’ve watched it 27 times already today. The footage shows the Prince cutting a ribbon with some help from a 5-year-old girl – and having a momentary lapse in concentration, leaving his co-cutter holding the sharps. (Who can blame him? Cutting ribbons is dead exciting!)
“The ribbon is cut, and the 2017 @LondonMarathon Expo is officially opened by Prince Harry (with a little extra help!)” the folk at Kensington Palace tweeted alongside the video of the ceremony.
In the lead up to this adorable incident, Prince Harry was asked to wield the scissors at the opening of the Virgin Money London Marathon Expo in London. Quite spontaneously, he enlisted the help of young Melissa Howse, who was attending the event with her dad, Tony. The clip above – and the shots below – show what happened next:
“Do you want to do it?” the Prince had apparently asked Melissa, inviting her to co-cut the ribbon.
Obviously she did, because there she is snipping away with some steady guidance from Harry, as the cameras roll and snap. When Harry realises he’s left those very big scissors in Melissa’s quite little hands, he panics a tiny bit and gently takes possession of them, as the crowd chortles on in delight.
Melissa did not mind. People Magazine reports that Melissa was, in fact, pretty thrilled when a normal day turned into something much more exciting.
“I am going to watch my daddy run at my grandma’s house. It was very exciting cutting the ribbon. I felt like a princess.”
Telling his daughter she did a great job, dad Tony shared her excitement.
“It was totally unexpected. Neither of us had any idea Melissa would become a princess for the day.It is hugely exciting.”
Three is the magic number
We’re not afraid to admit that Harry, Wills and Kate are fast becoming our very favourite change-making, high-profile trio.
The young royals recently put mental health reform at the top of their to-do list, working hard to challenge negative perceptions and improve everyone’s quality of life via their Heads Together initiative.
As part of Heads Together’s launch, Harry recently appeared on mental health-focused podcast, Mad World and spoke of his own challenges as he came to terms with life after his mother, Princess Diana’s death.
“I can safely say losing my mum at the age of 12 and therefore shutting all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” Prince Harry told Bryony Gordon.
“My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help?” Harry said.
“[I thought] it’s only going to make you sad, it’s not going to bring her back.”
You can listen to Harry talk about Kate and Wills, Heads Together, exercise, life, his Mum, grief and mental health below.