"Sorry to disturb you, we just got a little cuddle!"
Prince Harry was in for an incredibly adorable surprise on Wednesday during the second day of his royal tour of Australia with wife Meghan Markle, when the couple stopped in Dubbo to visit with groups of students from local schools.
While squatted down to greet 5-year-old Luke from Buninyong Public School, Dubbo, Harry said, "Hello young man!"
"Hello, Harry," Luke responded before going in for a huge hug and petting Harry's beard. The move prompted a massive smile from the British royal before he introduced the special needs student to his wife and said, "She would love a cuddle too. Luke, will you please give my wife a hug, as well?"
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Luke obliged, giving Meghan a warm hug before going back to Harry and embracing him once more.
The principal of Luke's school, Anne van Dartel, explained to People why Luke was so infatuated with Prince Harry's facial hair.
"Luke's thing is Santa Claus," she said. "And as soon as he saw [Harry's beard], we went into the panic mode because he's touching a member of the royal family! And he continued to do it. And he hugged him. So, what you and I can't get away with, my beautiful friend can."
"He went back to Harry and then gave him another big cuddle," van Dartel went on. "The man with a beard. And that is him. That is the beauty of Luke."
Part of why Luke was so uninhibited with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex lies in the fact that he didn't necessarily understand that he was meeting royals.
"He just thinks he met a nice man today," the principal said. "Who had a lovely beard. Luke's a man of very few words, but very lovely actions. What he can't express in his words, he expresses in his actions. I was explaining to Prince Harry about Luke's infatuation with bears and Santa Claus and he just laughed and said, 'How wonderful.'"
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's 16-day royal tour will continue in Melbourne, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.