Prince Harry shown photos of Princess Diana as he retraces her hospital visit

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent
The Duke of Sussex plays with one year old Noah Nicholson during his visit to Sheffield Children's Hospital. [Photo: PA]

The Duke of Sussex carried out a number of engagements in Sheffield on Thursday, including visiting a hospital Princess Diana went to in November 1989.

Prince Harry, 34, smiled as he was shown photos of his mother’s trip to Sheffield Children’s Hospital and signed the same Visitors Book she wrote in 30 years ago.

The royal, who became a father to baby Archie in May, officially opened the hospital’s new wing and met with patients and their families.

Harry spoke with Julie Austin, a nurse who worked at the hospital for 34 years and had a chance to meet Diana during her visit.

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The Duke of Sussex looks at photos of his mother, Princess Diana, when she visited the hospital 30 years ago. [Photo: PA]

“I had a patient that I looked after and had chosen to be in the line to meet her. She was late going round, because she stopped to talk to everybody. She was wonderful,” Austin recalled of Princess Diana, PEOPLE reports.

And one little boy couldn’t resist tugging on the prince’s beard.

Noah Nicholson, who turns two next week, grabbed the royal whiskers as Harry chatted with his mother at his bedside.

The duke laughed and said to the toddler: "Have you never seen a beard before?"

Noah's mother, Tracy Nicholson, 36, from Grimsby, said he had been in hospital for most of his life after he was born at 27 weeks and has had multiple problems with his intestines.

Diana's signature in the visitors book at Sheffield Children's Hospital, dated November 1989. [Photo: PA]

Harry also visited Sheffield Hallam University where he met academics and students demonstrating a Virtual Reality rehabilitation project, which uses technology to make it easier for amputees to train themselves to use prosthetic limbs.

The Invictus UK Trials were his last stop where he met competitors in wheelchair basketball, powerlifting and swimming.