A 16-year-old show jumping spina bifida who impressed Harry and Meghan and the Wellchild awards last night has opened up about their reunion with the "fantastic" royals.
Evie Toombes of Lincolnshire spent time with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex before the ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, where he received the Inspirational Young Person Award.
When he appeared on the ITV time news program, he told the presenter Alastair Stewart: "I think it's great that they are the youngest members of royalty and are involved, and of course the press is much more involved and a lot more attention in this regard.
"But it was also wonderful because we met them and they had a lot of time for everyone." They went and talked to each of the prize winners, so it was great to do it. "
The young athlete added that the couple was interested in the children's book he wrote about disability.
"Meghan made a good movie because she sat very close to me and they seemed really interested in her, and they took her with them, so that's always a good sign," she explained.
Evie Toombes, 16, of Lincolnshire, winner of the Inspirational Child Award, and her brother Rocco met with Harry and Meghan at the WellChild Awards last night in London and the teenager praised the royals for making everyone feel special
Evie on his horse Daisy. The young woman is determined to continue her passion for jumping obstacles despite struggling with fatigue and numbness in her legs due to spina bifida
"It was amazing, the atmosphere in the room was fantastic and all the winners of the awards felt really special."
Evie, whose motto is "find a way, not an excuse", spends her time as a mentor to other children with disabilities and health problems and takes her children's book to schools to give talks about hidden disabilities.
Although he struggles with fatigue and loses sensibility in his legs, he regularly competes in competitions with his horse Daisy, assuming three-foot jumps.
& # 39; Daisy is wonderful. She takes care of me, when I'm weak, she perceives it and she's very good to me, "she explained.
Evie, 16, appeared on the ITV news today to discuss her experience of meeting the royal family at the WellChild awards last night
– Especially when I can not feel my legs. I fight, so Daisy are my legs. "
In addition to affecting Evie's legs, she also has bladder and bowel problems due to spina bifida and uses a gastric nasal tube while her stomach struggles to process food.
In the thrilling ceremony of the previous night, Prince Harry praised the "yes you can" attitude of young people who have received "the most difficult letters imaginable" in a sincere speech.
Evie and her brother Rocco with Harry and Meghan at the WellChild awards. The teenager praised royalty for making a great effort to talk to everyone
The duke paid tribute to the children, caregivers and nurses by saying: "You are all really amazing."
Saying that their stories were "certainly incredibly moving and motivating," he praised the young people who have been "handed out the hardest cards imaginable" and are a "constant reminder that we must look to the positive and never give up."
Addressing the duchess, observing him from his seat around a table, he said he was "especially grateful to be able to share the scope and magnitude of this work with my wife who joins me here this afternoon."
Evie, whose motto is "find a way, not an excuse", at the WellChild awards ceremony of the night before at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, where he received the Inspiration Award for the young person