- Publish Date
- Friday, 29 September 2017, 11:57AM
Prince Harry showed his fatherly side as he shared his popcorn, pulled faces, and joked around with a friend's young daughter at an Invictus Games volleyball match tonight.
The royal, who has long admitted to feeling rather broody, cuddled adorable Emily Henson, two, the daughter of former Invictus competitor and Paralympian, David Henson, laughing and entertaining her throughout much of the match.
Harry, 33, was seated with the Henson family in the stands for the UK v Denmark match at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto. Former Royal Engineer Mr Henson, who was with his wife, Hayley, had both of his legs blown off by an IED in Afghanistan in 2011.
He went on to captain the first U.K. Invictus Games Team in London in 2014 and was so successful that he went on to qualify as a 'blade runner', winning bronze at the 2016 Paralympics.
He has since become a good friend of the prince, who was once again seen out and about without his girlfriend Meghan Markle.
Thankfully, however, he didn't appear to get lonely at all, and was kept plenty entertained by his young companion throughout the match.
At one point, cheeky little Emily put her hand on Harry's knee and then, seated on her mother Hayley's lap, proceeded to put her hand in Harry's popcorn, sneaking several handfuls of the snack while he was engaged talking to a man on his left.
When Harry discovered her hand - almost literally - in the cookie jar, he pulled a silly face and deftly pulled his bag away.
Then he entertained Emily by pulling faces her and even encouraging the toddler to stick out her tongue.
The prince clapped and cheered as the UK Invictus team powered their way into the sitting volleyball final, two sets to one.
Earlier this year, Prince Harry said: 'Of course, I'd love to have kids.'
Already uncle to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, he will welcome a third niece or nephew next year after Kensington Palace announced the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant again.
Prince Harry is godfather to six of his friends' children, saying previously that he would 'like to think' he does a good job.
'I think the key to that is to be able to grow up, but also be able to stay in touch with your childhood side, he recently said.
This article was first published on dailymail.co.uk and is reproduced here with permission.