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June 25, 2015 03:00 PM

When it comes to children, Prince Harry has a big heart.

Earlier this week, the royal sent the family of Carson Hartley, a 5-year-old boy who died on June 2, a letter expressing his condolences and reflecting on their meeting last year.

Carson’s death came after a short lifetime spent battling with terminal illness, including chronic lung, heart, bone and brain issues.

The prince, who recently retired from the military after 10 years of service, met Carson last September at the WellChild Awards, where the then 4-year-old was honored with an Inspirational Child award – and clearly, he made an impression on Harry.

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Carson’s mother, Kirsty Hartley, shared the letter with the Liverpool Echo. It reads: I was so very sad to hear the tragic news. Carson made such an impression on me at the WellChild awards last year with his warm smile and hugs.”

Harry also expressed how Carson’s sunny attitude inspired him.

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“He showed so much happiness with such a positive outlook despite the challenges he faced,” the letter read. Carson was a wonderful young boy and I am delighted to have had the chance to meet him.”

Carson’s parents told the Echo the gesture touched them, although they were shocked by its arrival.

My heart burst with pride, I cried, it was so bittersweet but just reflects exactly what we thought of Harry when we met him,” Kirsty told the Echo. “He is so nice, genuine and really took an interest.”

Harry also could be taking a cue from sister-in-law Princess Kate, who penned a letter to Fabian Bate, a young boy battling cancer, after she met him during a hospital visit in 2011.

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