Prince William also met with Muslim community leaders to thank them for their work bringing the community together following the attack and thanked first responders
Prince William found a special way to connect with a little girl who was injured in the recent Christchurch terror attacks.
During his poignant visit to meet with victims and their families in New Zealand, William bonded with a young victim by talking about his own young daughter, Princess Charlotte.
On Thursday, the royal dad met 5-year-old Alen Alsati, who woke up from a coma earlier this week and is recovering in Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland after being injured in the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack that killed 50 people.
William sat on Alen’s hospital bed surrounded by her loved ones when the little girl asked the royal if he had a daughter.
“Do I have a daughter? Yeah, she’s called Charlotte,” the prince replied. “She’s about the same age as you.”
“Charlotte?” Alen repeated, with William nodding in confirmation.
Princess Charlotte – or “Lottie,” as Kate Middleton recently revealed she called her daughter – will soon celebrate her fourth birthday on May 2. Perhaps she will even share a birthday with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s first child, due to arrive any day now.
Prince William also met with Muslim community leaders in Christchurch to thank them for their work bringing the community together following the attack and thanked first responders.
“You did an incredible job on a very bad day,” the royal told them at the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct in Christchurch.
William, 36, arrived in the country on Thursday (local time) for the start of a short two-day visit, made on behalf of the Queen and at the request of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern.
His trip in Auckland began on Anzac Day, the anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I which serves as a day to remember the men and women who have served in the two countries’ armed forces.
Upon his arrival, William was welcomed by Ardern and in a very emotional moment, the two greeted each other with a hongi — a traditional Maori greeting where people press their noses and foreheads together.
He then joined the prime minister for a civic service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, where he wore a navy suit with a matching red and navy striped tie. William also displayed two medals of honor and a red pin on his jacket pocket.
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At one point, William got up to place a wreath at the bottom of the monument in honor of all the fallen soldiers, where he stood for a moment to bow his head in respect.
On the decorative wreath, William left a note that read, “We will never forget the sacrifice of the Anzacs. With deep gratitude, William,” according to stuff.co.nz.