PRINCE HARRY opened up on how the past week with his baby has been and how important his son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor has already become in his life during an emotional visit at a children hospital in Oxford.
The Duke of Sussex was visiting the Oxford Children’s Hospital and meeting parents of children affected by cancer when he let slip how much love he feels for his firstborn Archie. Chatting to Ida Scullard from Aylesbury, whose son Emmett, 3, is in remission after being diagnosed with testicular cancer last year, Harry revealed Archie simply “fitted” into the Sussex’s family life.
Ms Scullard, holding her 10-month-old daughter, said: “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.
“He said he’s getting used to the baby 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.”
Prince Harry was welcomed by hundreds of adoring well-wishers and members of the Oxford Children’s Hospital’s staff as he arrived in the city to visit the clinic.
Prince Harry confessed how important Archie already is in his life (Image: REUTERS/GETTY)
The Duke of Sussex took the time to speak to some of the royal fans who have been waiting for him for hours, especially spending time with children in the front rows who looked eager to meet him.
But the attention of the Duke, who looked in excellent spirit, quickly focused on Daisy Wingrove, a sweet 13-year-old former patient of the hospital who handed Harry an adorable teddy bear wearing a white t-shirt for his son, Archie.
Richard Palmer, the Daily Express royal correspondent, wrote on Twitter as he shared the sweet snap: “New dad Prince Harry arrives at Oxford Children’s Hospital and is given a teddy bear for Archie.”
The Duke of Sussex, who became a father for the first time in the early hours of May 6, is spending the day in Oxford to celebrate the work of the city’s children’s hospital.
But Archie didn’t allow him to get his proper rest, as he told one of the little patients’ mothers.
Prince Harry talking to a little patient of the hospital, his mother and sibling (Image: REUTERS)
Prince Harry was given a teddy bear for his son Archie (Image: PA)
Harry was given the teddy bear by a former patient of the Oxford hospital (Image: TWITTER/RICHARD PALMER)
Christine George, 52, whose son James, 17, is having chemotherapy, said: “He said he had all this organised but had a sleepless night last night – not the ideal preparation for his first day at work.”
After being showered of congratulations for becoming a parent by royal fans waiting outside the hospital, Harry entered the building based at the John Radcliffe hospital site to start his tour.
The Oxford Children’s Hospital is a purpose-built centre for the treatment of children and young adults, which has a series of wards specifically designed to provide for the needs of ill children and teenagers.
During the visit, Harry has met children and young people receiving treatment and the staff caring for them, as well as supporters of Oxford Hospitals Charity.
Before leaving the hospital, Harry will also visit a school built inside the clinic to meet the students taking lessons while undergoing treatment and their teachers.
Prince Harry hugging former patient Daisy Wingrove (Image: PA)
Prince Harry is meeting children and teenagers receiving treatment at the hospital (Image: GETTY)
Archie Harrison was born on May 6 (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry’s visit to Oxford will continue later today, as the Duke will honour the memory of his late mother, Princess Diana, by visiting the Oxsrad Disability Sports and Leisure Centre.
The Princess of Wales launched the centre in 1989, and experts have been since running Rebound Therapy and physiotherapy programmes.
The inclusive centre has been supporting people with disabilities through sport and physical exercise for 30 years, offering rehabilitation sessions as well as fitness classes and gym facilities.
Harry will also visit Barton Neighbourhood Centre, a hub for local residents which houses a doctor’s surgery, food bank, cafe and youth club.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte are said to be very excited to be meeting Archie today (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry’s visit comes as his brother and sister-in-law, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, are set to visit for the first time Meghan and her baby at Frogmore Cottage today.
A source claimed the Cambridges have waited to head to Windsor to give the new family some time to adjust – but Prince George and Princess Charlotte have been “dying” to visit their cousin.
A source said: “Harry’s family wanted to give him and Meghan some time to settle in to family life and Meghan’s mum Doria is still staying with them as the baby gets used to his surroundings.
“Prince George and Princess Charlotte have already been asking their parents when they can meet their new cousin, they are as excited as anybody.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK