Prince Harry is a proud dad, recently sharing an update on how his two kids, Archie and Lilibet, are doing.
The Duke of Sussex made a surprise appearance on a video call with this year’s winners of the WellChild Award. This meeting comes after he and his wife Meghan Markle had to miss the UK charity’s flagship event following the death of Queen Elizabeth. In the video released on Monday, Harry spoke with Shevonne and Ben Waines and their 4-year-old son Henry, enthusing over their shared first name. “My name is Henry! Well, everyone calls me Harry. I have no idea why,” the Duke joked. Harry’s given name is Henry Charles Albert David. Shevonne then revealed that the royal was actually the inspiration for their son’s name. Harry covered his face with his hands in response to that revelation, teasing, “Don’t tell me that!”
Harry then went on to apologize for not being able to attend the WellChild award ceremony that took place in Manchester, England last month and where Henry received the inspirational child award for ages 4 to 6. But Henry assured the prince that it was “alright.” The Duke then shared a bit about his own children, replying, “You sound just like my son Archie, with that little squeaky voice. I love it.” Later on, the boy asked him how Archie and Lilibet are doing, and Harry shared, “Archie is very, very busy. And Lili is learning to use her voice, which is great.”
The royal also met with Isabelle Delaney during the video call, the winner of the WellChild Award for inspirational young person between the ages of 12 and 14. During their chat, Isabelle introduced Harry to her Labradoodle, Hope, who is training to be her assistance dog. “She helps Isabelle when we go to places that are loud and busy. Hope goes and helps keep her calm, keep her happy,” her mom Heather explained. The Duke said that he understood completely, adding, “I tell you what, we all need a dog that keeps us calm. I’ve got three in this house now. So, we basically have five children. I’ve got a black Labrador called Pula, a rescue beagle called Guy. And we got another rescue beagle called Mia.” He continued. “And between the three of them, they charge around chasing squirrels and causing all sorts of problems to us, every single day. But they are also emotional support dogs 100%—when they’re behaving.”
Harry finished off the call by wishing Isabelle all the best as she starts at her new school and that he hopes they’ll get to meet in person one day.
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