An emotional Prince Harry became choked up, while talking about becoming a father with Megan Markle, as he gave a speech at the WellChild awards on Tuesday night.
The Duke of Sussex, 35, took to the stage at the event, which was streamed live on the awards Facebook page, to talk about how he knew at last year’s event that his wife Meghan was pregnant.
However as he talked about it he choked back tears and had to stop his speech, with host Gaby Roslin stepping in to pat him on the back, before the crowd cheered at him.
He started his speech with how it had been over a decade since he first started to attend the awards, and went on to say: ‘They never fail to inspire me – but this year it resonates in a different way because now I’m a father. Last year when my wife and I attended we knew that we were expecting our first child, no one else knew, but we did.’
At this point Harry seemed moved to tears as he stopped his speech and Gaby came to his aid.
Meghan, 38, later joined him on stage and looked glamorous as she wore the £1185 camel coat by Sentaler, draped over her fitted green wool dress by P.A.R.O.S.H. which she wore at her engagement announcement in 2017.
When Harry first took to the stage he announced the winners and congratulated them as they came to collect their awards.
After he choked up he went on to say about last years ceremony: ‘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 would 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 parent pulls at my heart strings, in a way I never could have understood, until I had a child of my own. No parent wants to hear that there child will suffer, that they will face extraordinary challenges – that will effect them throughout their lives.’
‘After meeting all the WellChild kids and parents over the years you have managed to give us a sense of optimism, of hope and of strength that no professional, no best selling book or advice could ever give us – so thank you for being you.’
As they arrived on Tuesday evening Meghan’s wore a sleeveless dress, which featured a round neck and bow detail, while she matched her outfit with a £688 tortoiseshell scarf bag and light brown £562 Manolo Blahnik heels. Prince Harry looked similarly sleek in dark blue suit and light blue tie as they arrived at the awards holding hands.
Earlier on in the evening, at a pre-ceremony reception, where they met the young winners of each award, they were given presents for baby Archie – including a baby grow.
The WellChild Awards celebrates the inspiring qualities of some of the country’s seriously ill young people and the dedication of those who go the extra mile to keep children healthy and happy, including the outstanding health, social care and education professionals.
The Duchess wore her long locks down and slightly wavy as she arrived at the event with Prince Harry – who became Patron of WellChild in 2007.
As the couple arrived at the venue the were hand in hand and spoke with the organisers, and at one point Meghan looked up to her husband adoringly.
Meghan first wore the fitted green wool dress by P.A.R.O.S.H. as she announced her engagement to Prince Harry in November 2017 – it was worn under a white coat and she was later seen wearing it on their TV interview.
Her camel coat, by Sentaler, was also won as she attended her first Christmas church service at Sandringham.
Later on Meghan took off her coat and was seen, with Prince Harry admiring gifts which were given to them for Archie – which included a baby grow and an emoji ballon.
While at the pre-ceremony reception they met the young winners of each award category and their families, including William Jones and his mother Michelle and recieved t-shirt with Prince Harry which was designed by William Magee (right) and mother Kelly
Other celebrities which arrived at the awards ceremony included singer Pixie Lott and her boyfriend Oliver Cheshire and Marvin Humes and Rochelle Humes.
The royal couple then attended the ceremony where The Duke presented the Award for Most Inspirational Child and deliver a speech.
WellChild is the national charity for seriously ill children and their families. Over 100,000 children and young people are living with serious and complex health conditions. Many require round-the-clock support and can spend months, if not years, in hospital because there isn’t the support to get them home.
Through a nationwide network of WellChild Children’s Nurses, home makeover projects and family support programmes, WellChild works to give this growing population of children and young people the best chance to thrive – properly supported at home, together with their families.
WellChild was one of the four charities chosen by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to benefit from the generous donations made by the public on the occasion of the birth of their son, Archie Mountbatten Windsor.
SOURCE: Sarah Finley