When hero soldier Sgt Rick Clement attended a new exhibit highlighting the wounds suffered by troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the last thing he expected was to share a joke with a member of the Royal Family.
But on Tuesday night at Somerset House in London, Sgt Clement, who lost both his legs in Afghanistan in 2010, was in for a surprise as special guest Prince Harry arrived for a tour of the Wounded: The Legacy of War exhibition.
Sgt Clement, 34, of South Shore said: “He was just having a craic with us all – he asked about the pictures and a couple of my medals.
“He was a really nice guy. He made a comment about my beard, saying at least my hair had grown back. We had a look at the exhibit and one of the first images was me – he said it was a very expressive photo and I looked very proud – he said it was a great image.”
Prince Harry’s arrival was Sgt Clement’s second brush with fame after having his picture (right) taken by Canadian rock star Bryan Adams.
The singer, famous for hits including Everything I Do, I Do It For You, took the collection of intimate images earlier this year.
The portraits have a personal link for Adams, whose grandfather and father were in the British Army.
The exhibition continues until January 25 and is open from 10am to 6pm daily, with admission free.