(NEW YORK) — Prince Harry made his first public appearance since photos of him partying naked in Las Vegas were leaked, and asked a little boy not to saying “something cheeky.”
The fully clothed prince attended the WellChild Awards Ceremony Monday in London. He’s a patron of the charity, which provides care for sick children. He presented one of the awards for the Most Inspirational Child at the ceremony.
Before the ceremony, he met with several of the children served by the charity. ITV, a British TV network, reported one of the children, a 6-year-old boy named Alex Logan, said he planned to tell the prince he was “glad he got his clothes on” when he met the royal.
The boy’s mother, Debbie Logan, said Prince Harry told him not to go there when they met.
“Harry said to Alex, ‘You keep looking up at your mum, looks like you’re dying to say something, but you know she will tell you off,” Logan told ITV. “I hear you were on ITV earlier, you said something cheeky. Let’s not talk about that here.”
Later, at the end of the award ceremony, the prince, 27, gave a short speech, touting the achievements of the charity, saying that he leaves the event a “humbled man.”
Monday’s ceremony was Prince Harry’s first time back in the public eye following his latest scandal. He’s been laying low in the two weeks since his trip to Las Vegas, where he was photographed naked with a woman, reportedly after a game of strip billiards.
The prince has reportedly been hiding away with his former girlfriend, Cressida Bonas and her family. He has yet to make a comment on the picture scandal.
Prince Harry has so far been absent from the Paralympic Games, which his brother and sister-in-law, Prince William and Kate Middleton, attended last week. He also declined to speak to photographers when he returned home to England from Las Vegas.
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