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Prince Harry Dresses Up As Santa To Wish Bereaved Forces Children Merry Christmas

The Duke of Sussex has recorded a Christmas message for bereaved forces children.

The Duke of Sussex has donned a Father Christmas outfit to wish bereaved military children a Happy Christmas.

Prince Harry opened his video message to the Scotty's Little Soldiers charity with a festive "ho, ho, ho" before sending his message of support.

"I want to encourage you guys to look around and realise you a part of a family," the Duke said in the message.

The video was recorded as 190 children attended a special Christmas party organised by the charity, which provides support to youngsters who have lost a parent in the UK Armed Forces. 

He urged the party-goers to cause "as much chaos as humanly possible", and told them they are "incredibly strong". 

"You are part of an amazing community and there is support for you, every single day, should you need it," Prince Harry added.

"Having met some of a few years ago... I know how incredibly strong you are.

"Yes, losing a parent is incredibly hard, but I know that every single one of you, by helping each other out, will have an amazing future ahead of you and you're going to be having a fantastic Christmas, as well."

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Prince Harry and Meghan meeting military children and families last month.

Prince Harry, who served in the British Army for 10 years, finished his emotional message by saying: "Your parents, they will never be forgotten and you will never be forgotten."

Founder of Scotty's Little Soldiers, Nikki Scott, said: "We’re so grateful to The Duke of Sussex for kindly recording a video message for the bereaved Forces children that attended the Scotty’s Little Soldiers Christmas party.

"It can be a difficult time of year for these kids, so receiving a heartfelt message from Prince Harry really meant the world to them."

The children also received a message from television presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.