Rabu, 24 September 2014

Prince Harry comes to aid of tearful little girl at Invictus Games closing ... - Daily Mail

  • Isabelle Nixon, five, was left upset after being unable to see the stage
  • Adam Nixon, 31, had earlier captained Team GB to victory in basketball
  • Prince Harry spotted the little girl and swung her onto his shoulders
  • The royal then stayed and danced with Isabelle for the rest of the evening
  • Her soldier father lost his left leg following an IED blast in Basra in 2004

By Ruth Styles for MailOnline

Unable to see the stage and blocked in by other fans, five-year-old Isabelle Nixon was less than impressed with the Invictus Games closing ceremony - until, that is, Prince Harry came to the rescue.

After spotting the little girl, the prince, 30, hoisted her on to his shoulders and then stayed to dance with her as the Foo Fighters took to the stage.

Isabelle, whose father Adam, 31, from Hereford, captained Team GB's wheelchair basketball team to victory on Sunday, didn't realise who her hero was until her delighted mother Taryn exclaimed: 'You're dancing with Prince Harry!'

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Party prince: Harry with Isabelle Nixon

Having fun: Harry dances with Isabelle and her father Adam (bottom left)

Party prince: Harry picked up Isabelle Nixon, five, put her on his shoulders and danced for the rest of the gig

Isabelle said: 'I was completely over the moon. I was chuffed to bits.'

Mr Nixon, a former Gunner in 26 Regiment Royal Artillery, lost his one of his legs following an IED explosion in Basra in Iraq in March 2004.

His left leg had to be amputated while his right was badly damaged, leaving him confined to a wheelchair.

Despite his injury, Mr Nixon, who has four children, daughter Abigail, 11, Jayden, eight, five-year-old Isabelle and three-year-old Lilyana, continued to play his basketball.

'Prince Harry had spoken to us at the ceremony, just to say how proud he was of us guys,' explained Mr Nixon. 'We were underdogs in the final but we beat the US at their own game.'

Thrilled: Former soldier Adam Nixon, 31, with Prince Harry (centre) and his five-year-old daughter, Isabelle

Thrilled: Former soldier Adam Nixon, 31, with Prince Harry (centre) and his five-year-old daughter, Isabelle

Delighted: Earlier, former gunner Mr Nixon had captained Team GB to victory in the wheelchair basketball

Delighted: Earlier, former gunner Mr Nixon had captained Team GB to victory in the wheelchair basketball

'He came up, shook my hand and said: "You are a legend" and I asked him for a photo with him and my family.

'Then later, after his speech, Foo Fighters were on the main stage. He came to listen to the music.'

But when Harry, who had earlier told Mr Nixon that he just wanted to 'chill out' and watch the show, spotted the tearful Isabelle, he swung into action.

'He recognised her from earlier in the day and saw she was getting upset because she couldn't see the band,' adds Mr Nixon.

'He approached us and smiled at me and just literally picked her up and just started to dance so she could see the stage.

Isabelle with her father Adam who captained Team GB's wheelchair basketball team

Isabelle was 'over the moon' when Prince Harry lifted her onto his shoulders

Isabelle was thrilled when Prince Harry lifted her onto his shoulders, pictured (left) with her father Adam

Thrilled: The entire Nixon family had turned out to support Mr Nixon and Team GB as they went for gold

Thrilled: The entire Nixon family had turned out to support Mr Nixon and Team GB as they went for gold

Royal welcome: Isabelle and her brother Jayden and sisters Abigail and Lilyana pose with Prince Harry

Royal welcome: Isabelle and her brother Jayden and sisters Abigail and Lilyana pose with Prince Harry 

Highlights from the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games

'There was no calculation to it. He just recognised her from earlier and lifted her up on his shoulders so she could see. It was a bit of a whirlwind. It was very surreal.'

Thrilled at being picked up and given a proper view of the stage, Isabelle at first had no idea who her rescuer was, only realising when her mother Taryn, 30, revealed her rescuer's identity.

'When she realised who it was, she was lost for words,' added her proud father. 'She just danced along to the Foo Fighters with him and hasn't stopped smiling since.'

Harry, who is now planning next year's event as well as working on other projects such as the Rugby World Cup, certainly made an impression.

'Isabelle now says she's a princess and tells all her friends she danced with "Uncle Harry",' said her mother Taryn. 'He was the perfect gentleman and made everyone's day, especially Isabelle's.'

'Harry just seems like one of the lads,' concluded Mr Nixon. 'He is a real credit to himself. It is a lifelong memory [for Isabelle]. She will always remember it.'

In a statement, Kensington Palace said: 'Prince Harry was keen to enjoy the closing concert and celebrate the Games with the competitors.

'The little girl's father was the captain of the wheelchair basketball team, who Prince Harry met on several occasions throughout the course of the Games.'

Proud: Isabelle's mother Taryn, 30, and father Adam, 31, say Isabelle will remember the moment forever

Proud: Isabelle's mother Taryn, 30, and father Adam, 31, say Isabelle will remember the moment forever

Next step: Harry is now working on the Rugby World Cup and released this snap with Jonny Wilkinson

Next step: Harry is now working on the Rugby World Cup and released this snap with Jonny Wilkinson



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