SMILING gleefully, five-year-old Prince Harry tenderly cradles a tiny baby – in a picture that shows he was always a royal dad in waiting.
The touching 1989 snap – taken almost 30 years to the day before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s own son Archie arrived – captures a tender moment with the young royal at Highgrove.
The photo of Harry cuddling two-week-old Jack Bartholomew – son of mum Diana’s close pal and former flatmate Carolyn – was taken by his brother William, who was just seven.
It is from a collection from the estate of children’s nanny Mary Bruce, who died in 2007 aged 81.
A source close to the family said: “It really is like looking into the future. Harry has always had an incredible way with children, especially babies.
“This just shows what a tender, loving dad he’ll be to Archie.”
Mary, from Dundee, who is pictured next to Harry, became devoted to the two princes – who nicknamed her Nanny Fife – while she worked for Carolyn.
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When Carolyn took new-born Jack to Highgrove, Mary went too and let William loose with her camera.
She left her photos to lifelong friend Isabella Paton, telling her to show them to the world when she felt the time was right.
Isabella said: “She knew how special these pictures were. I’m sure they will bring the world as much joy as they have brought me.”
Choir's hit high notes
THE gospel choir that wowed the world at Harry and Meghan’s wedding a year ago are still reaping the benefits from that extra-special gig.
The 31-strong London-based Kingdom Choir sang the Ben E King classic Stand By Me at the ceremony in St George’s Chapel – and became overnight sensations in front of a global audience of two billion.
Since then they have filmed a Coke advert and appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show and Strictly. Conductor Karen Gibson said: “We’ve also signed a record deal and agreed to a tour of the US and Australia that starts in August. All of our dreams have come true, thanks to Meghan and Harry.
“People normally sing and dance when we perform but as it was a royal wedding, people were very still and you could hear a pin drop when we finished, which was strange. But you could see the joy in people’s faces.”
In an exclusive interview, Karen, 55, revealed she had been on an 87 bus to South London when Prince Charles’s office rang inviting the choir to sing.
She said: “Like everyone else, I was looking forward to watching it on TV, so I couldn’t believe my ears. My response was, ‘You’ve got to be joking!’ It was only when the phone went silent I realised it was true. I was shocked. That phone call completely changed my life for ever.”
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