Parenting just went up a gear for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who welcomed their second child, Lilibet Diana, into the world last month. Despite baby Lili being just four weeks old, Prince Harry has travelled all the way from his home in Montecito, California, to London for the unveiling of a statue dedicated to his mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday.
During the trip, Harry paid a visit to one of the charities he remains patron for, WellChild, and while there he spoke candidly for the first time about the "juggle" of being a "father of two."
Attending the 2021 WellChild Awards, which looked a little different to previous years, with a COVID-safe outdoor ceremony at London’s Kew Gardens, Prince Harry told guests: "Now as a father of two, I feel all the more connected, inspired and in awe of the resilience of these families, who power through indescribable challenges with the support of WellChild."
He continued, saying the work of the charity strikes even closer to home now that he has children of his own: "The health of our children, of all of us, could not have been more on the forefront of our minds during the past year. And, throughout this time, the WellChild community has set an example for how to show up and act with compassion for each other. I could not be prouder to be here, to meet this year’s WellChild Award winners, to thank the nurses and doctors for all they do, and to celebrate these amazing families."
Prince Harry wasn't the only special guest at the awards, however. Ed Sheeran was also in attendance, and the pair bonded over being new dads together. "Congratulations, a girl right?" the singer reportedly asked the Duke of Sussex. Sheeran went on to tell Harry that he and his wife, Cherry Seaborn, had a little girl, Lyra Antarctica, ten months ago. "You're still in the trenches now! How do you manage with two?" the singer asked.
"Two is definitely a juggle," replied Harry, going on to add that he and Meghan have "been lucky so far." Baby Lili is "very chilled," apparently, and "seems happy to just sit there while Archie is running around like crazy."
This is the second time Harry has returned to the UK solo this year, the first time being for his grandfather Prince Philip's funeral back in April. The Prince touched down from LA over the weekend, and has been quarantining at his home in Windsor, Frogmore Cottage, where Princess Eugenie lives with her husband and son, before today's meaningful event.
Princes William and Harry reportedly commissioned the statue of their late mother together, and many are hoping that coming together to celebrate its unveiling may be a way for the pair to reconcile. Earlier this year, while giving a tell-all interview to Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry described his current relationship with his brother as being one of "space."
It's said that because of COVID-19 restrictions, the two brothers have scaled back the unveiling event somewhat, and even Kate Middleton is not even rumoured to be in attendance. However, a follow-up event is slated to take place in September with more guests in attendance, such as former staffers and supporters of Diana.
"The Princes hope that the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother's life and her legacy," Kensington Palace previously said about the poignant installation.
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