Prince Harry returns to same hospital Princess Diana visited 30 years ago

Like mother, like son.
Princess Diana and Prince Harry both visited children at the same hospital in Sheffield, England.
Princess Diana, left, on a visit to Sheffield Children's Hospital in 1989. Prince Harry, right, at the same hospital on Thursday.Getty Images

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By Kerry Breen

Prince Harry on Thursday stopped by a child's hospital where his mother paid a visit 30 years ago.

Harry was all smiles during his tour of the Sheffield Children's Hospital in Sheffield, England, where photos showed him spending time with children, parents, and staff members.

Prince Harry speaks with a patient named Alfie and his parents during a visit to Sheffield Children's Hospital on Thursday. Reuters

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Harry plays with toddler Noah Nicholson.Reuters

One cute picture shared on Twitter showed the Duke of Sussex engaging in a round of tug-of-war with 23-month-old patient Noah Nicholson.

There was also a family connection to the moment: Harry's mother, Princess Diana, visited the same hospital 30 years ago, in November 1989. Harry, who was 5, didn't accompany her then.

Prince Harry and Princess Diana both signed the same guest book, nearly 30 years apart.Getty Images

But during his time there, Harry took a moment to sign the same guest book that his mother had written in three decades earlier.

He also thumbed through a photo album with pictures from his mother's visit.

Harry looks at photos of when his mother, Princess Diana, visited the hospital in 1989. Chris Jackson / Getty Images

The new wing has four wards, with features including a patient dining room and relaxation room. One tweet from the hospital showed Harry in a play tower, surrounded by young children.

Harry didn't leave the visit empty-handed; the hospital sent him on his way with a toy version of the hospital's bear mascot and a personalized blanket for his 2-month-old son, Archie.

Harry was also surprised with a personalized blanket for his 2-month-old son, Archie. Chris Jackson / Getty Images