Prince Harry rails against ‘clickbait culture’ as he tells youngsters to look up from their phones and make a difference in reality

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PRINCE Harry told thousands of youngsters to “look up” from their mobile phones – but hours later struggled to take his eyes off his own.

The royal raised the roof when he surprised thousands of kids in Toronto and gave a speech to move away from “clickbait culture” and “look up from their phone.”

 Prince Harry on stage at the event in Toronto where he addressed thousands of kids

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Prince Harry on stage at the event in Toronto where he addressed thousands of kids
 Prince Harry was clearly enjoying himself as he delivered a heartfelt message on the environment and 'clickbait culture'

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Prince Harry was clearly enjoying himself as he delivered a heartfelt message on the environment and ‘clickbait culture’

Around ten thousand children screamed with delight when Harry made the unannounced appearance at ‘We Day’, an event to celebrate children doing social good, at the Canada Air Centre arena in Toronto.

He said: “You know that in a clickbait culture, we cannot waste time sharing and drawing attention to things that make us angry, or that we know to be false.

“You all know that it’s great to ‘like’ things on social media, but that it’s more important to look up from our phones, to get out into our communities, and to take real action; to stand up for what you believe in.”

Harry, 33, in a black shirt and light jeans, also addressed the younger generation and the environment.

He said : “I know that you, more than any previous generation, care deeply about the health and sustainability of the planet you’re going to inherit.

“And I see that you’re frustrated – that entrenched mindsets – are not keeping pace with the urgency – of the threats to our environment.

“But today you are all saying no to pessimism and cynicism.

“Here in Toronto – with both WE day and the Invictus Games – we are saying yes to optimism, yes to hope, and yes to belief.”

 Later on in the day, Harry was snapped looking at his phone during one of the events

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Later on in the day, Harry was snapped looking at his phone during one of the events
 Later in the day the Prince took the time to greet a D-Day veteran attending the Games

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Later in the day the Prince took the time to greet a D-Day veteran attending the Games

Later, he thanked a 101-year old war veteran for his service.

Hero Sgt James Baker met Harry at the finals of the wheelchair rugby and the Prince made sure that he had a VIP seat for the rest of the event.

Sgt Baker said: “I wanted to show the athletes my support and enjoy the games. See their spirit.

“They show amazing strength of character as well as body. I think they do a wonderful job.

“It’s important because without this, a lot of them would not be where they are today.

“It’s Prince Harry’s efforts that have encouraged them to find the competitive spirit, self-confidence and join in: make them feel as if they have a place in the world when they could have lost hope.”

 Sgt Baker praised the work Harry had done with the games, and the way it helped wounded veterans

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Sgt Baker praised the work Harry had done with the games, and the way it helped wounded veterans

Saying his own generation had “just had to do the best we could” to recover from war on their own, he added: “Some of them didn’t have anything to live for.

“Harry’s given them [this generation] that spirit.”

When asked about his conversation with the Prince, he said: “He thanked me.”

As he told Harry his own story, the Prince said: “Wow, that’s amazing. Fantastic.”

He then checked Sgt Baker had a VIP seat for the rest of the wheelchair rugby game.

 Both men praised the determination of the athletes competing in the Invictus Games

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Both men praised the determination of the athletes competing in the Invictus Games

Mr Baker served with the Royal Regiment of Canada for four years. He was originally a company clerk for the regiment and not expected to fight, but saw action shortly after D-Day.

He landed at Juno Beach six weeks after D-Day and was then part of the Allied Forces who moved through France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.

In 2012, he met with the Prince of Wales when Charles presented new colours to the Royal Regiment at Varsity City, Toronto.

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