- – Prince Harry delivered a moving speech about children’s health and welfare during the 2019 WellChild Awards in London today (Tuesday, October 15).
– During his speech, the Duke of Sussex revealed that although they had not announced it yet, he and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, knew she was pregnant with their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, at the 2018 event.
– He also discussed how becoming a parent changed his understanding of the issues the charity, which helps seriously ill children in need, deals with.
Even though the couple were all smiles as they arrived, the Duke of Sussex experienced a nearly tearful moment later in the evening, when he delivered a speech at the event, which honors inspirational children dealing with serious illness and the caretakers who work to make a difference in their lives.
Although Harry is a regular fixture at the annual awards ceremony, he admitted that becoming a father himself has completely changed how he views the WellChild charity and the incredible work that it and its honorees do.
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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual #WellChildAwards in London. WellChild aims to ensure every child and young person living with serious health needs has the best chance to thrive with the support and medical care needed in the comfort of their own home. The Duke of Sussex became Patron of WellChild in 2007, and last year both The Duke and Duchess attended the awards to honour the children and families that WellChild supports. The Duke, who first came to these awards over a decade ago, shared in his remarks tonight: “Last year when my wife and I attended we knew we were expecting our first child – no one else did at the time, but we did – and I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tightly during the awards, both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day, and more so, what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time. And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heart strings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own.” • To find out more about tonight’s event and how you can support this very special organization, please visit @WellChild Photos ©️ PA images
He explained how the birth of his and Meghan’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, changed his perspective.
“It has been over a decade since I first came to these Awards and every year they never fail to surprise and inspire me. Yet this year, it resonates in a different way, because now I’m a father.
“Last year, when my wife and I attended, we knew we were expecting our first child—no one else did at the time, but we did—and I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tight during the awards, both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day, and more so, what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time. And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heartstrings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own.”
The prince struggled to choke back tears during his heartfelt speech—a moment that BAZAAR royal correspondent Omid Scobie captured and shared on Twitter.