Adjusting to life after childbirth can be a swirling vortex of emotions, so it makes a huge difference to have support. A great example? At this week’s WellChild Awards in London, Prince Harry reassured Meghan Markle about her body after giving birth — making sure the Duchess knew she looked “amazing” five months after the couple’s firstborn child, son Archie, was born.
An annual event, the WellChild Awards celebrates the inspirational qualities of seriously ill children and their caretakers. While at the ceremony on Tuesday evening, Harry and Meghan spent time chatting with honorees, including 10-year-old Emmie Narayn-Nicholas (who was recognized for her Emmie’s Kitchen initiative) and her mother, Eve, according to People.
Eve revealed that Harry gave his wife a sweet compliment during their chat, as Hello! magazine reports. “They were very lovely. When she sat down, I said, ‘Oh, you look amazing and you’ve just had a baby,'” Eve recounted, adding, “[Harry] looked at her and went, ‘See, I told you!’ in a way that we would.”
So, we can make two inferences here. First, Harry and Meghan have clearly had this conversation before, during which he obviously talked her up. Second, Harry and Meghan are super-chill — which tracks, if you ask Eve. “It did feel like they were very down to earth,” she said of the new parents.
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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual #WellChildAwards in London. WellChild aims to ensure every child and young person living with serious health needs has the best chance to thrive with the support and medical care needed in the comfort of their own home. The Duke of Sussex became Patron of WellChild in 2007, and last year both The Duke and Duchess attended the awards to honour the children and families that WellChild supports. The Duke, who first came to these awards over a decade ago, shared in his remarks tonight: “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 squeezing Meghan’s hand so tightly 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. And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heart strings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own.” • To find out more about tonight’s event and how you can support this very special organisation, please visit @WellChild Photos ©️ PA images
Being a supportive husband to Meghan wasn’t Harry’s only standout moment at the WellChild Awards. In fact, there were surely many moving interactions between the Duke and honorees that the public will never be privy to. But we did get to share in one special moment from the evening: Harry’s emotional speech, which was caught on camera.
“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 said, trailing off as he became visibly overwhelmed by his emotions.
After a few moments (and some encouragement from the audience), Harry continued, “I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tight during the awards and both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day and more so what it would be like to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time. And now talking to all of you as a parent pulls at my heartstrings, in a way I never could have understood, until I had a child of my own.”