Prince Harry baffled by a question from ‘superhero’ amputee Tony Hudgell


Tony Hudgell, age 8, asked Prince Harry what his favourite flavours of crisps were, which temporarily caused the Duke of Sussex to be “a little stumped”.

Tony is an amputee who raised the money by walking over 10km on his first prosthetic legs.

The Duke and Meghan Markle was meant to meet Tony earlier this year at the award ceremony for WellChild, a charity for sick children for which Prince Harry is a patron.

The meeting was cancelled due to Queen Elizabeth’s death in September, so Prince Harry arranged a video call with Tony, his parents Paula and Mark, plus the charity chief of WellChild Matt James.

Picture of Tony with his Mum Paula

Tony asked Prince Harry what his favourite flavour of crisps were (Image: Adam Gerrard / Daily Mirror)

Picture of the Prince Harry and Tony on the video call

Prince Harry spoke with Tony on a video call to congratulate him (Image: Dale Muffett)

Paula, Tony’s Mum, said: “Tony is so confident with whoever he meets that we are always a little worried he might get us into trouble with what he says.

“The fact it left Harry a little stumped made us laugh.

“Perhaps it was the first time he’d been asked that in an interview and Tony has given everyone a world exclusive!”

During the video meeting, Prince Harry told Tony: “Do you understand how incredible it is for anyone to raise £1.7million but especially at your age?”

Tony clapped his hands to his head and said: “Everyone tells me that!”

The royal replied: “Good, because do you know what? You need to be told that every time because I am sure you are incredibly modest and you don’t realise quite the accomplishment you have made.”

Tony walking during the fundraiser

Tony, age 8, has raised £1.7 million for Evelina London Children’s Hospital. (Image: PA Images )

Picture of Tony at the finish line of the fundraiser with his adoptive parents

The Prince called Tony a “superhero” for his achievements (Image: PA Images )

This year, the law was changed in England and Wales so that child abusers could face stricter jail sentences, which was called “Tony’s law”.

Tony was badly abused by his birth parents, Anthony Smith and Jody Simpson, and he had to have both legs amputated.

Both were sentenced in 2018 to spend ten years in prison.

Picture of Tony

Prince Harry revealed his favourite crisps were salt and vinegar, and Tony’s was prawn cocktail (Image: Getty Images)

“To inspire the Government takes something very, very special and that means you are very, very special to do something like that.

“I’m thanking you for your resilience, your determination, your bravery, your strength, your everything. You seem like a bit of a superhero.”

The Duke also asked Tony if he owned a cape or if he was “in disguise” to which the youngster replied: “I do have a cape in my room… I don’t wear it a lot!”


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