PRINCE HARRY is to meet children and teenagers today receiving treatment at a leading UK hospital just a week after his wife Meghan Markle gave birth to their first son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Duke of Sussex is carrying out a series of emotional engagements today. His trip to Oxford will be mainly focused on acknowledging and celebrating the work of the Oxford Hospitals Charity. There, Prince Harry will meet youngsters and the staff taking care of them, as well as visiting the hospital’s school where the little patients study while undergoing treatment. But he will also visit a leisure centre opened by his late mother, Princess Diana.
This emotional visit comes just a handful of days after Harry and Meghan welcomed their son to the world.
Archie was born last Monday at 5.26am at the Portland Hospital.
Meghan was believed to be keen on giving birth at her cottage, who has undergone refurbishment works worth £3m shortly before the birth of Archie.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry introduced their son Archie to the world on Wednesday (Image: GETTY)
But with the baby being overdue, doctors advised her to head to the same London hospital where Sarah Ferguson delivered her two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, the Daily Mail wrote.
Archie, whose name was publicly announced on Wednesday afternoon, was introduced to the world by Meghan and Harry last Wednesday.
The Duke and Duchess held a photocall with only a selected few members of the press in the halls of Windsor Castle, just 10 minutes away from their home.
As she publicly welcomed her son to the world, Meghan said: “It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.”
1.40pm update: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will NOT let baby Archie become ‘a PAWN’ for the palace
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry don’t want their firstborn to hold a royal title because they are trying to give him a life “as normal as possible” and protect the baby from the “intrusive and insatiable press”, royal expert Daniela Elser said.
By refusing to give him a royal title, they are making sure little Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be freer from media pressure and official engagements than his cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, the expert said.
She told News.com: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have decided against letting their son be titled the Earl of Dumbarton, rather he will be known by the more democratic Master.
“Their reasoning is simple: they want the lad to have as normal a life as possible, unencumbered by a future of plaque unveilings, horseshows and endless Commonwealth cocktail parties.
“Also, perhaps more importantly, they want to keep him as far away from the glare of the intrusive, insatiable press as they can short of forcing him to grow up on an isolated Pacific atoll with no Wi-Fi.”
Prince Harry hugging former patient Daisy Wingrove (Image: PA)
1pm update: Prince Harry reveals he already can’t live without his son Archie
The Duke of Sussex was chatting to the mother of one of the little patient of the Oxford Children’s Hospital when he confessed he can’t imagine his life without little Archie.
As he was speaking to Ida Scullard from Aylesbury, whose son Emmett, 3, is in remission after being diagnosed with testicular cancer last year, Harry said 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 meeting children at the hospital (Image: REUTERS)
11.55am update: Prince Harry given teddy bear for his son during hospital visit
Prince Harry was given a heartwarming present for his one-week-old son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor minutes after he arrived in Oxford.
Prince Harry was welcomed by hundreds of adoring well-wishers and members of the Oxford Children’s Hospital’s staff as he arrived in Oxford to visit the clinic.
The Duke of Sussex took the time to speak to some of the royal fans who have been waiting for him for hours, spending time especially 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.”
Prince George and Princess Charlotte are believed to be meeting Archie for the first time today (Image: GETTY)
10.25am update: Kate’s children are ‘dying’ to meet Archie
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are “dying” to meet Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s firstborn, as Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, will be heading to Frogmore Cottage today, a source said.
Speaking about the excitement surrounding the highly-anticipated visit, a source said: “All of the family have been dying to meet little Archie and are really excited to finally congratulate Harry and Meghan in person.
“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 Charles and Camilla were in constant contact when they were in Germany and are so excited to spend some time with the new family.
“William and Kate are also really looking forward to paying a visit as are their own three children.
“Prince George and Princess Charlotte have already been asking their parents when they can meet their new cousin, they are as excited as anybody.”
Archie Harrison was born last Monday (Image: GETTY)
9.45am update: Harry to leave Archie and Meghan ALONE for a third time in less than a month
Prince Harry will be leaving his son Archie and his wife Meghan Markle alone for the third time in a few weeks to carry out another engagement.
The Duke of Sussex will be heading to Rome on May 24 to attend the Sentebale Polo Cup at the Roma Polo Club in a bid to help raise funds and awareness for Sentebale, the charity Harry set up with Prince Seeiso in 2006.
While it was widely believed Harry would take some days off following the birth of his son, the Duke has already flown to the Hague to launch the next edition of Invictus Games and will today head to Oxford.
Princess Diana visiting Oxford in 1990 (Image: GETTY)
9.14am update: Prince Harry to visit a centre launched by Princess Diana
Prince Harry will honour his late mother’s memory by visiting the Oxsrad Disability Sports and Leisure Centre while in Oxford.
Diana opened the centre in 1989 and has since been supporting people with disabilities through sport and physical exercise by offering rehabilitation sessions as well as fitness classes and gym facilities.
During his visit, Harry will meet people who use the centre’s facilities including those taking part in the Rebound Therapy and physiotherapy programmes.
Prince Harry is carrying out a series of engagements in Oxford today (Image: GETTY)
8.55am update: Prince Harry’s visit to Oxford Hospitals Charity REVEALED
The prince’s communication team provided details of Harry’s day trip to Oxford.
The Duke of Sussex will highlight the positive work underway in the area to support the needs of children, young people and adults.
Harry will tour the Oxford Children’s Hospital, a purpose-built centre for the treatment of children and young adults, based at the John Radcliffe hospital site.
He will visit teenagers on a ward specifically tailored to the needs of young adults and meet 13-year-old Mikayla, a WellChild award winner, who previously met the duke at the WellChild Awards in 2016.
Before leaving, Harry will visit the hospital’s school to meet students, taking lessons while undergoing treatment, and their teachers.
8.20am update: Royal baby receives truck-load of toys
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is only a week old but has already received a literal truck full of toys.
A van from a famous Windsor department store, W. J. Daniel and Co, was spotted parked outside the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’ residence, Frogmore Cottage.
Among the array of toys available at the massive store, there are models of Apache helicopters, like the ones flown by Prince Harry during his time as a RAF pilot in Afghanistan, and a £199 Steiff teddy.
The W. J. Daniel and Co truck was seen dropping off packages at Meghan and Harry’s house on Friday.
It is unclear who placed the order, if the Sussexes or proud grand-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, who first met her eight grand-grandchild on Wednesday.
The shop is well known by the monarch, as it boasts a Royal Warrant.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK