Fatherhood has Prince Harry all choked up.
In the midst of a poignant speech, the 35-year-old recounted how at last year’s ceremony he and Meghan Markle had yet to publicly reveal they were expecting a baby.
"Yet this year, it resonates in a different way, because now I’m a father," he said. "Last year, when my wife and I attended, we knew we were expecting our first child – no one else did at the time, but we did – and I remember …"
Harry paused and tried to collect himself while rolling back tears as the award show’s host consoled him by patting his back. After the audience chimed in with a supportive round of applause, the royal continued his speech.
"I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tight during the awards, both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day, and more so, what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time," he added.
"And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heartstrings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own.”
The WellChild awards is an annual event that honors seriously ill children and their caregivers. Prince Harry has been a supporter of the charity and a patron of the award show for years.
The Duchess of Sussex was also in attendance and later joined her husband on stage. The event was the couple’s first joint public outing since returning from their 10-day tour of Africa earlier this month.
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