PRINCE Harry admitted he is ‘still getting used to being a parent’ but ‘couldn’t imagine life without his son’ as he met the families of Oxford’s Children’s Hospital yesterday.

His Royal Highness opened up to patients and families about his newborn son Archie when touring the hospital on a whistle stop tour of the city.

The Duke of Sussex made balloon animals and played on the floor with dinosaurs as he interacted with many of the patients on Kamran’s Ward.


Among the families to speak to the royal was mum-of-two Amy Scullard, with three-year-old Emmett, and cradling 10-week-old Ida.

Ms Scullard, who spent a lot of time at the children’s hospital after Emmett was diagnosed with cancer in July 2018.

Prince Harry entertained the youngster with a balloon while talking parenting with Ms Scullard.

She said: “It was surreal.

“He [Prince Harry] asked how old Ida was and, when I said ten weeks, he asked if she was out of the stormy period as he had heard about that in the first six to eight weeks.

“I said she was and he said how children just fit into our lives and then you can’t imagine life without them.”

Another family who Prince Harry spoke to was Vidye and Yogi Karambaya, and six-year-old son Jai who was diagnosed with a child brain tumour.

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Mr Karambaya said: “This is fantastic for him [Jai] as parents we are looking for the positives out of a massively challenging time for us. Meeting him is a brilliant experience and we can only hope it speeds up recovery.”

Others that met with the royal included patients Anna Drysdale, Beth Lee, and Mikayla Beams who spoke of their fundraising for Oxford Children's Hospital Charity through events such as the Oxford Mail OX5 Run.

His Royal Highness was taken on a tour of the hospital by former patient Daisy Wingrove, 13, who gifted the prince a teddy bear for his son.

She said: “It was amazing, he was so lovely and heart-warming, and so much more than I expected.

“I could talk to him about anything and gave him the teddy bear for Archie, and he asked me to give it a name so I said Freddie and he also said he is now very tired now he is a father.”

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Prince Harry was walking in his mother’s footsteps when he moved on to OXSRAD Disability Sports and Leisure Centre.

Thirty years ago Princess Diana opened the Marston centre and there were plenty who attended both occasions who noticed the similarities between mother and son.

Julia Porter-Smith, whose husband Alan founded the centre in 1989, got to meet the Duke of Sussex as he arrived.

The 83-year-old said: “He kissed my hand and I kissed his. That was really special. He’s so human, just like his mum.”

The Royal was shown around by centre manager Paul Saxton, getting to take part in a fine motor skills session with Charlotte Robertson.

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Her support worker Michelle Childerley said: “She loved meeting him. It’s incredible that OXSRAD is getting this visit and for it to be important enough for Prince Harry to come. It is a special place that does so much good.”

Prince Harry also joined a Rebound Therapy session, talking with centre user Katie Goodwin as she practised on the trampoline.

She said: “It was amazing. I talked to him about my cerebral palsy and how much coming here has helped. He seemed really interested.”

The Duke unveiled a plaque commemorating his visit which will take pride of place next to one his mother unveiled three decades ago in the centre’s foyer.

Chair of trustees Brian Buchan called the visit an ‘absolute privilege’ for the OXSRAD and that despite ‘some tough times’ since it opened it was now helping more disabled people than ever before.

Prince Harry’s final visit was at the newly renovated Barton Neighbourhood Centre.

Crowds lined the streets and schoolchildren waved Union Jack flags yesterday afternoon as the Duke of Sussex arrived at the centre that has just had a £1 million revamp.

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The Prince accepted hand made gifts from children including paintings and cards sending well wishes to his new-born, Archie.

The Duke then went into the centre and was ushered downstairs to an activities room where the team from Thrive – an initiative to create ‘the next generation of role models’ – did a ‘building bridges’ game.

Afterwards, Prince Harry was shown the foodbank, which has been run by volunteers at the neighbourhood centre for 8 years, before going into the café which serves meals made in the centre for local people.

He joked with those eating saying he wished he had been invited to have some food with them too.

Claire Waldron, 38, from Headington, works at the centre and gifted the Prince a stone for his son that she varnished with Archie’s name on.

Ms Waldron said: “It’s such an achievement to have Harry receive my gift - it’s amazing.”

Prince Harry unveiled a plaque and cut a cake, officially reopening Barton Neighbourhood Centre.