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Prince Harry had a moment of panic on Wednesday after leaving scissors in the hands of a little girl.

Harry used a special helper to kick off the upcoming London marathon with a ribbon cutting ceremony. At the ceremony, Harry and 5-year-old Melissa Howse opened the Virgin Money London Marathon Expo as cameras clicked away.

“Do you want to do it?” he asked the little girl, according to PEOPLE. After she helped him snip the ribbon, Harry stepped away before realizing he left the scissors in her hands. The momentary panic made the crowd cackling in laughter.


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“You did a great job, you know,” he said afterwards.

Melissa’s father Tony spoke about the moment after the ribbon cutting ceremony.

“It was totally unexpected. Neither of us had any idea Melissa would become a princess for the day,” he told reporters. “It is hugely exciting.”

Melissa was equally excited about the moment and shared her enthusiasm for watching her father run in the upcoming marathon.

“I am going to watch my daddy run at my grandma’s house. It was very exciting cutting the ribbon. I felt like a princess,” she said.

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