The Duke of Sussex shared insights into his life in California (Picture: WellChild)
Prince Harry appeared visibly moved as he was told that his late mum Diana, Princess of Wales, would have been ‘so proud’ of him.
The Duke of Sussex was chatting with this year’s winners of the WellChild Awards from his Montecito home when the emotional comment seemed to catch him off-guard.
Evelyn Rodger, a Diana Children’s nurse with Children’s Hospices Across Scotland, whose role was funded by the memorial fund set up in honour of the princess, told him: ‘I think your mum would be very proud of what that money has achieved and I also think, as a mum, she would be very proud of you Harry.’
The prince, who has been patron of the national charity for sick children since 2007, looked touched and replied smilingly: ‘That’s very sweet.’
After missing the ceremony in London when fears grew for the Queen’s health, he honoured his promise to meet seriously ill children in the UK.
A video showed Harry speaking to each winner and their families, apologising for not having been able to meet them in person.
The prince was forced to miss the ceremony in London because of his grandmother’s deteriorating health (Picture: Reuters)
One of the winners was four-year-old Henry Waines from Bridlington, East Riding, who won the inspirational child aged four to seven category.
The little boy was born with serious health problems affecting his ability to breathe, eat and speak, and he is attached to a ventilator 24 hours a day.
He has been praised for his determination to show how well you can live with a tracheostomy.
‘How are Archie and Lilibet doing?’ Henry, whose parents named him after the duke, asked.
Harry replied: ‘They’re doing great. Archie is very, very busy and Lili is learning to use her voice, which is great.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their children (Picture: Alexi Lubomirski)
Laughing at the youngster’s enthusiastic chatter, he added: ‘You sound just like my son Archie. The same little squeaky voice. I love it.’
The royal also shared insights into his family life with his wife Meghan and two young children in the US.
He spoke about his three dogs – black labrador Pula and two rescue beagles, Guy and Mia – saying they charged around causing mischief every day, and how it was like having five children.
Harry described them as ’emotional support dogs, 100% – when they’re behaving’.
‘We all need a dog that keeps us calm. I’ve got three in this house now. We basically have five children,’ the duke said.
‘I’ve got a black labrador called Pula, a rescue beagle called Guy and we got another rescue beagle called Mia and, between the three of them, they charge around chasing the squirrels and causing all sorts of problems to us every single day.
‘But they are also emotional support dogs, 100% – when they’re behaving.’
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