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Published:21 March 2013

Prince Charles meets girl with epilepsy

Children at Great Ormond Street Hospital, including a young girl with epilepsy, had a special visitor today (21 February) when the Prince of Wales toured the wards. Katie Tuffin, who was only admitted to the ward yesterday, was one of the children Charles spent time with and he impressed her mother with his knowledge of epilepsy.

Prince and ketogenic diet

Mrs Tuffin, from Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, said she was pleased that Charles knew something about the condition when he asked if her daughter was on a ketogenic diet, sometimes used to help those with epilepsy.

'I must admit I was surprised he was aware of that,' she said. 'He seems quite clued up on things.'

Play-Doh king

The Prince, set to become a grandfather for the first time this summer when the Duchess of Cambridge gives birth, seemed to particularly enjoy being in the hospital's playrooms.

He pulled up a child-sized chair to chat to Katie. On being handed a tub of Play-Doh, Charles took out the green dough and promptly got to work rolling it out with a grooved rolling pin.

Eight-year-old Katie said she was impressed with the royal visitor - even though her mother, Emma, revealed that her daughter had initially thought Prince William was to be the special guest.

Prince charming

Charles, wearing a dark blue suit and striped shirt, seemed all too aware of the mess that can be made when Katie told him that her five-year-old brother, Oliver, mixes up the Play-Doh colours.

"You get annoyed by that, do you?" he asked her. "Does he grind it into the carpet?"

When Katie admitted that the siblings 'sometimes' fight, the Prince gave a wry smile and said: 'It tends to happen, doesn't it.'

Katie's verdict of the royal visitor was that he was 'kind, friendly and good at Play-Doh'.