It must be the shortest paternity leave in royal history. Just three days after the birth of his son, the duke flew from Sussex to the Netherlands to start the countdown to the Invictus Games. Prince Harry touched in The Hague on Thursday morning and said he was “thrilled” to be there.
In the beginning it was unclear whether he would make the trip because his son, Archie, was late. Harry was in Amsterdam yesterday for an official visit, but assistants canceled the trip when there was still no sign of the royal baby at the end of last week. But Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor arrived in the early hours of Monday, May 6, and made his debut at Windsor Castle in a historic photo call Wednesday, leaving Harry relatively free for the trip.
Although it must have been difficult for the enthusiast and very proud new father to leave his family behind, the palace assistants say that the duke was determined today to be in The Hague to count down the one-year countdown to the Invictus Games in 2020 to launch. Honorary service members are a passion project for Harry. “The Invictus Games means so much to Harry – it was important for him to be there,” says one source.
When the Duke was met by Princess Margriet and the Play Chair Mart de Kruif, congratulations were expressed by the crowd of benefactors who had been waiting to see the prince. In the Zuiderpark Harry watched a wheelchair basketball training before he met a number of the competitors. He was delighted when he received a teddy and a toy from two young fans at home in the nursery of Archie.
In a speech he said: “Here we are, the countdown to the fifth Invictus Games launches and I am absolutely pleased that many more wounded, wounded and sick soldiers and women will have the opportunity to continue their journey to recovery put.”
Harry will be reunited with his family tonight when he returns home to Frogmore Cottage. According to the palace’s assistants, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, plans to stay in Britain for a few more weeks. Doria arrived in the UK before the birth of Archie and was included in the official photos of Archie, his parents, and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh taken at Windsor Castle yesterday. Although she does not intend to cross the pond full time, she has a suite of rooms in Frogmore Cottage for longer stays.
It is clear that Doria, a trained yoga teacher, took a course in postnatal yoga and baby yoga, which is said to help with sleep, digestion and wellbeing for mother and child. Meghan is a yoga enthusiast and has had a yoga studio built in the house during his recent renovation.