Prince Harry applauded the veteran who undertook the arduous task for a good cause.
“Even in ’95, I don’t think it was an easy task,” he wrote in a letter to Hammond, which CNN saw.
“However, given the service and selflessness you have shown throughout your life, it does not surprise me that you would undertake such a challenge – and that you wanted to walk even more miles. As you said, it is amazing!”
“He’s a veteran and I’m a veteran. I sat quietly and thought … his accomplishments and I thought why not, if he did it in Britain, at 95, I can do it myself,” he told CNN at the time.
Both Hammond and Moore fought in Myanmar, then known as Burma in World War II. Hammond says he served as an engineer in the army where he was attached to the 3rd Gold Coast Regiment as a infantryman, while fighting with the British army.
Prince Harry praised both veterans whose achievements, he said, set a “good example to the world” of the importance of service in one’s community.
Last year, during a Commonwealth celebration in the United Kingdom, Hammond met with the Queen and members of the Royal Family, including Prince Harry. “This man in particular, Prince Harry, stuck to himself because he is also a soldier, he has gone to Afghanistan and we talked about the army, my battalion. We exchanged ideas. It was wonderful,” he told CNN.
Recalling the meeting, Prince Harry said in his letter that “it was an honor and a pleasure” to meet with the veteran. “It was an honor and a pleasure to meet you last year at Field of Remembrance in London and Meghan and I send you our warmest wishes,” he added.