Prince Harry has been presented with a prestigious German award in recognition of his charity work and immediately declared himself unworthy of the honour.
The royal said he felt “hugely humble” receiving the ‘Golden Heart’ during a televised fundraising gala in Berlin – Ein Herz fur Kinder (A Heart for Children).
But he explained that compared to others who dedicate their lives helping vulnerable youngsters “I have done very little”, and accepted the trophy on their behalf.
Harry was following in the footsteps of past recipients of the award – Hollywood actresses Salma Hayek, the 2009 winner, and in recent years Jane Fonda and Sharon Stone.
The prince arrived in a snowy Berlin which like London has been hit by the arctic conditions that have crippled transport in the UK.
Among the guests were singers Kylie Minogue and Paul Anka.
After receiving the award from Bettina Wulff, the wife of German President Christian Wulff, Harry told the gathered guests and the televised audience of millions “from the bottom of my heart Vielen Dank (thank you very much).”
He added: “But compared to so many people who devote their whole lives to restoring hope to children around the world, I have done very little.
“So, as far as I’m concerned, I am receiving your award on their behalf, not mine.”
The prince is patron of a number of children’s and humanitarian charities – the most prominent is Sentebale, an organisation he co-founded in 2006 to help disadvantaged youngsters and others orphaned by HIV/Aids in the African country of Lesotho.