No matter where Prince Harry goes, he’s always wearing his heart on his sleeve. That was especially true on Tuesday (May 14) when he stepped out to visit the Oxford Children’s Hospital. The new dad even revealed the sweetest detail about Archie Harrison, his first child with Duchess Meghan, while playing with some adorable kiddos.
The 34-year-old – who just welcomed his baby boy last week – spent some time speaking with Ida Scullard, whose three-year-old son, Emmett, was diagnosed with testicular cancer when he was just two. Given she’s a mom of two (and was holding her 10-week-old daughter!), she just had to ask him about his own foray into parenthood, and how little Archie was fitting in.
“Harry asked me if [my daughter] was over the stormy period as babies are supposed to be grumpy for the first 10 weeks, and she is,” Ida shared. “He said he’s getting used to the baby and how Archie has fitted into family life. He said he just feels part of the family and he can’t imagine life without his son.”
Harry also had the chance to chat with well-wisher Fatma Sheikh, a mother-to-three, during his walkabout. “I asked him how Archie was and he said he is doing well,” Fatma said. “I asked him if Meghan was well and he said yes, she is fine.”
The new dad also encountered a group of students from a primary school, who gave him a bunch of cards. “When I’m awake at 4 o’clock in the morning I'll read all these,” he said. Despite being awake so early with baby Archie, Harry looked happy and content as he greeted well-wishers. Last week, he said he’d gotten about two hours of sleep the night his son was born, and brother Prince William cheekily said he welcomed his Harry “to the sleep-deprivation society known as parenting” after Archie’s birth last week.
Harry had a number of sweet moments with children while at the hospital, where he really got to demonstrate his love for kids. He went on a tour of the facilities and met with other parents and teenagers battling cancer – like 13-year-old Mikayla, who he first met at the WellChild Awards in 2016.
His newborn baby has kept him and Meghan busy, but the dedicated royal has still found time to honour his commitments. Last week, he took a trip to the Netherlands to help launch the one-year countdown to the 2020 Invictus Games, which The Hague will host. While in the Dutch city, he spoke to his friend JJ Chalmers about being a parent. “He said it’s amazing but it’s hard work,” said the Scottish TV presenter, who was also an Invictus Games medallist in 2014. “He said that [Archie] slept for the first 24 hours like all babies do, but then he woke up.”