Prince Harry Is Almost in Tears While Receiving Gift From Injured Marine (PHOTO)

An injured marine offered Prince Harry a heartwarming gift in honor of her fallen colleague that made him nearly break down in tears on Sunday at Buckingham Palace. The 31-year-old royal was so moved by the presentation of the late marine's dog tag that he actually refused to accept it.

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Marine Kirstie Ennis met with Harry after completing a 1,000-mile trek through Britain for charity. The 24-year-old, who was severely injured in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2012 and bravely opted to complete the marathon instead of having her leg amputated this past summer, presented Harry with a dog tag that belonged to Corporal Baune, who was killed in Helmand Province in 2012 after his unit was hit.

Harry was so overwhelmed that he responded, "No, I can't, I can't accept this." But Ennis was determined and asked him to take the dog tag because it would mean a lot to her.

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Harry seems incredibly sincere in his efforts to help solders and veterans, and has been ever since he spent 10 years serving in the British Army.

While visiting the White House this past week to speak to President Obama about the upcoming Invictus Games, which is a sporting event for injured active duty and veteran soldiers, Harry spoke to reporters and gave a little more insight as to why this is an issue that is near and dear to his heart: 

In February 2008, at the end of my first tour in Afghanistan, I traveled home on an aircraft carrying three seriously injured British soldiers and the coffin of a Danish soldier. From that moment, I was committed to doing all I could to ensure that those men and women, who had sacrificed so much for their countries, would receive the recognition and support they deserved.

It would be easy for a royal to pay lip service and show up at an event in support of the military every once in a while. That, clearly, isn't what Harry is doing. Prince William's younger brother seems like he's in this for all the right reasons and is going to do everything within his power to ensure those who serve their countries are treated with dignity and honor.

 

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