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Prince Harry Opens Up About "Family Time" With Baby Archie During Isolation

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April 16, 2020 - 09:40 / Clemens Fanger

Prince Harry is embracing the "family time" he has with baby Archie, he has now revealed. Over the Easter weekend, the Duke of Sussex spoke to families supported by WellChild, a UK-based charity of which he has been the patron for 10 years now.

Prince Harry, his wife Meghan Markle and their son Archie (now 11 months old) have been living in California for some weeks now. They moved there from Vancouver Island in Canada, where they had initially set up camp after announcing that they would step back as senior members of the royal family earlier this year.

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As we all know, the Sussexes are not the only family stuck at home these days, so over Easter weekend Prince Harry took part in a video conference and talked to families and carers in the UK who are looking after seriously ill children and are being supported by his charity WellChild.

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The 30-minute video call included the Duke, two parents, a specially-trained nurse as well as the head of WellChild, which provides care for seriously ill children and young people. Prince Harry has been the patron of WellChild for more than 10 years now. 

During the call, Harry heard how the families are coping with everything in times of the coronavirus pandemic, which - naturally - brings extra challenges for carers and families looking after seriously ill children.

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"Full respect to every single one of you," Prince Harry said in the video call. "This is hard on everyone, but it is especially hard on you. I know that WellChild are doing everything they can to support you. Hopefully, through this video we can make it more clear and obvious to government and everybody else that you are in the 'vulnerable' bracket and WellChild needs more help."

And the Duke also got candid about his own family life in Hollywood: "There's a hell of a lot of positives that are happening at the same time and being able to have family time - so much family time - that you almost think, 'Do I feel guilty for having so much family time?'" he said.

"You've got to celebrate those moments where you are just on the floor rolling around in hysterics. Inevitably, half an hour later, maybe a day later, there's going to be something that you have to deal with and there’s no way you can run away from it."

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019
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He went on to praise the parents on the call: "The resilience and the strength that you guys have is absolutely incredible," he said. "You must never, ever, ever, ever forget that. Of course, there are going to be hard days – I can't even begin to imagine how hard it is for you guys. Having one kid at 11 months old is enough!" he said of Archie, who turns 1 year old on May 6 2020.

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