Prince Harry says he loves being an uncle, telling children at an awards ceremony that he'd just received his first smile from baby Prince George.

Harry, who was pushed back to fourth-in-line to the British throne following the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's first son, said he'd just visited the one-and-a-half month-old royal, who was taking a bath.

Harry told nine-year-old Nikki Christou that it was the "first time I've seen him smile."

Harry seems to have warmed to his new family role, telling Mary Kirk, the mother of another child, that being an uncle was "fantastic."

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The ceremony was hosted by the WellChild charity, which is dedicated to the needs of sick children and their families.

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- AP