Today, Prince Harry visited Twickenham Rugby Stadium in London, where the Rugby Football Union Injured Players Foundation for runners held a training session ahead of the London Marathon.
Harry, who is Vice Patron of the union, met with runner Jane Fishwick, with whom he joked about training Prince George for the 26.2 mile-race.
“I suggested he might like to run one and he said there’s a little bit of a problem there because he and William and Kate would all come under fire to do it if one of them does it,” Fishwick told the Daily Mirror.
“So then I suggested maybe they might like to train George up in good time and maybe they might like to hand the mantle on and he said he thought that might be a good idea. He said they could push him round.”
Fishwick is running the marathon for her son, Jack, who was paralyzed after playing rugby for Wimbledon. This was her way, Fishwick said, of giving back to the foundation for all of the support they’ve given her family since Jack’s accident.
“They are a charity who are with you lifelong and we will benefit from their support forever. That’s quite something,” she said. “These types of injuries are rare but when it happens its catastrophic.”
There are 150 runners who are competing in the marathon for Harry, Catherine and William’s charities. 60 were part of today’s training
“This is to give the runners that final boost before the big day,” the foundation’s director Dr. Mike England told the Mirror. “To have that support from Prince Harry is priceless. Whenever he interacts with us and with the clients he’s always extremely relaxed and so natural. That ability to interact with anybody.
“He’s given up his Sunday to come down here to say thank you personally to the runners, that’s a wonderful thing to be able to do.”
Tomorrow, Harry will visit Full Effect, a project supported by The Royal Foundation to improve the opportunities for young people and reduce youth violence in St. Ann’s, Nottingham.