Prince Harry stepped out on official royal business on Tuesday (May 14) and the new dad couldn’t stop gushing about baby Archie. While visiting the Oxford Children’s Hospital, Harry spoke with Amy Scullard from Aylesbury whose 3-year-old son Emmett is in remission after being diagnosed with testicular cancer last year. Amy was also holding her ten-week-old daughter, Ida, and the two parents immediately struck up a conversation about being new parents.
“Harry asked me if she was over the stormy period as babies are supposed to be grumpy for the first 10 weeks—and she is,” Amy said. “He said he’s getting used to the baby now 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.”
The Duke of Sussex also spoke about his late nights with Archie. A group of local schoolchildren gifted Harry with posters and about 60 congratulatory cards. “When I’m awake at 4 o’clock in the morning I’ll read all these,” Harry said as he admired the handiwork of the young kids.
This is the second appearance Harry has made since welcoming little Archie into the family. After visiting the Netherlands last week to launch The Invictus Games The Hague 2020, Harry’s good friend JJ Chalmers recalled how happy the new dad was. “He said it’s amazing but it’s hard work. He said that Archie slept for the first 24 hours like all babies do, and then he woke up,” Harry’s pal said. “I see the guy with a buzzing smile on his face still. Like any father he lights up even more when he speaks about his son and how proud he is of his wife and what she’s doing right now in his absence.”
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Today, The Duke of Sussex visited Oxford to highlight the positive work being done in the city for young children, disabled people and the community at large. The Duke started his day meeting young patients at the Oxford Children’s Hospital. In 2016 at the @WellChild Awards, The Duke promised awardee Mikayla Beames he would visit her at hospital. Today, HRH was able to fulfill that promise and spend time with Mikayla and other patients and their families, along with the some of the extraordinary staff and teachers in the Hospital School who are on hand to support the young patients as they continue their studies whilst in hospital. Afterwards, The Duke of Sussex, in celebration of its 30th year, re-opened the OXSRAD Disability Sports and Leisure Centre, a facility first opened by his mother, Diana Princess of Wales in 1989. His Royal Highness felt honoured to pay tribute to her work and meet some of the people his mother met 30 years ago. This centre supports people with disabilities through sport and physical exercise – an area The Duke is particularly passionate about. HRH has seen the transformative effect sports, teamwork and exercise can have on people, not just physically but also for their mental fitness. The Duke’s final stop was at Barton Neighbourhood Centre to see the work of Thrive Teams, an initiative that supports at risk youth with access to education and employment. The Barton Centre includes a cafe, doctor’s office, sports hall, local police centre and food bank. The team there save nearly one tonne of food per day from being wasted and whip up some incredible meals for those that can’t afford to sustain themselves. Serving as a hub for this close-knit community, where 1 in 4 grow up in child poverty, this centre truly is a lifeline for its roughly 5,000 residents, but also an example of what can be achieved when we all come together.
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