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Prince Harry has been mistaken for a Christmas tree salesman by a little boy while out shopping with wife Meghan.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were browsing for a fir tree to put up in their Santa Barbara mansion, where they will spend their first Christmas since stepping down as active royals.

An arrangement had been made for the couple to be allowed into the shop while it was empty but one family happened to still be inside, according to reports.

The excited child ran through the trees to the duke and "asked if he worked here", shop salesman James Almaguer has claimed.

Prince Harry and Meghan were out shopping for a festive fir for their mansion
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He went on to describe Harry, 36, as a "chill lad" and Megan, 39, as "very kind".

Posting on Twitter, James wrote: "Megan and Prince Harry came into my work today and we sold them their Christmas tree.

"It was anticlimactic, but a very, very interesting experience.

"We had our lot empty when they got there – their agent promoted them a good time to come instead of us shutting it down.

The Sussexes will spend their first Christmas since stepping down as senior royals at their new Santa Barbara home
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"There was one family in there and their stoked little son ran through trees up to Harry and asked if he worked here not knowing who that is.

"They seems like very nice people honestly. Meghan sounds very kind and Harry sounded and acted like a chill lad honestly. I’m really glad they liked our trees. We got the best we could get. Very appreciative."

It is understood the shop was Big Wave Dave's Christmas Trees & Pumpkin Patch, which consists of two tarpaulin tents in the car park of Macy's department store in Santa Barbara's North State area.

It is around eight miles from the Sussexes' £11million home in Montecito they share with 17-month old son Archie.