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October 23, 2017 04:39 PM

Prince Harry drew sunny smiles on a gray day in northwest England on Monday — and admitted he has never tried one of the best parts of camping.

While visiting Myplace at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Lancashire, he watched a group of young people toasting marshmallows by the campfire.

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“I’ve never toasted marshmallows over a campfire. They’re too sweet for me,” said the royal, who wore a Columbia jacket for the outdoors excursion. “But I’ve made campfires and slept under the stars more than I’ve slept in a bed.”

The nature preserve was one of a handful of stops Harry made, including travele in Lancashire, where he previously visited amid severe flooding in February 2016.

Upon his arrival, Harry, 33, was greeted by youngsters waving mini Union Jack flags — and an elderly resident, Winnie, whom he met last year — before a reception attended by those who aided during the crisis, which saw damage to 1,700 businesses and homes.

The visit was part of an “away day” to the county of Lancashire, located around 250 miles from London, where he checked in on three key areas of his public work: support for veterans, conservation and what his office calls “the use of sport to drive positive social change.”

He began the day at Veterans U.K., which is marking the 25th birthday of its national helpline service that provides welfare support for veterans and their families.

 

 

Finally, he set off for the UCLan Sports Arena to visit the Sir Tom Finney Soccer Development Centre and the Lancashire Bombers Wheelchair Basketball Club. Harry’s Invictus Games, which took place in Toronto, Canada last month — where he stepped out publicly with his girlfriend of 15 months, Meghan Markle — champion adaptive sports.

During the visit, Harry met a group of people of all ages and abilities who participate in training sessions and local leagues together, with a view toward building new and unique friendships.

Both organizations are involved with Sported, a sport development charity supported by Harry.

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