Prince Charles reduces royal fan to tears with surprise announcement

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales looks at products at Jodrell Laboratory at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew on September 28, 2021
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Prince Charles reduced inspirational volunteer Hassan Alkhawam to tears with a life-changing announcement during the Pride of Britain Awards 2021.

Prince Charles surprised Hassan Alkhawam with the news that he’d won The Prince’s Trust Young Achiever award, leaving the 24-year-old overcome with emotion. His prestigious award was presented during the Daily Mirror's Pride of Britain Awards ceremony 2021. The Pride of Britain Awards take place every year and celebrate the achievements of extraordinary people across the country just like Hassan who help make a positive impact on the lives of others. 

Hassan left Syria to begin a new life in Northern Ireland and volunteers with vulnerable members of his community after having been inspired by the support he received from The Prince’s Trust. Alongside his community work, he was also a key worker in Tesco during the Covid-19 pandemic (opens in new tab) and is now studying Software Engineering at university. 

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And Hassan's emotional reaction after learning he'd won The Prince's Trust Young Achiever award made his victory even more heart-warming. In a video shared by Clarence House on social media, fans were given a glimpse of the moment Prince Charles met Hassan.

Opening with Hassan at Charles' London residence, he clasps his hands over his face and gasps, asking, “Am I the winner?”

“Yes,” the future king (opens in new tab) tells him delightedly, before adding, “Now come here and have a sit down.”

Visibly moved by the exciting news, Hassan takes the chair opposite the senior royal and exclaims, “I cannot even stand up!”.

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"I can't tell you how proud it makes me of the kind of achievements, against all the odds, all the challenges you've had to face,” Prince Charles tells him gently. 

Hassan also acknowledged that things hadn't been easy, responding, "There's been some crazy moments, I don't know how to describe it, but thank you very much."

And whilst the winner was reduced to tears, his heartfelt reaction to Charles' news has also resonated with royal fans. Many were quick to congratulate Hassan, reflecting on how worthy a winner he is and sharing how touched they were by his expressions. 

Congrats Hassan! His expressions were everything’, one person wrote eagerly.

Amazing work Hassan, deserve all the praise and recognition that has come your way! Congratulations’, someone else agreed.

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A third person was also deeply moved, writing, ‘Prince Charles, you are so amazing in your support of young people and giving them an opportunity to succeed. This is deeply touching and truly inspiring!

As a senior member of The Firm (opens in new tab), Charles is a patron or president of many organisations, charities and trusts, including The Prince’s Trust. The Prince of Wales certainly looked delighted to reveal the exciting news and Hassan will no doubt treasure this moment forever.

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, Goodto.com, and My Imperfect Life.