The Duke of Sussex was presented with his first baby gifts today as he took a break from parenting and travelled to the Netherlands to launch next year’s Invictus Games.
Prince Harry was showered with presents meant for his infant son Archie during a visit to the Hague, having left the baby royal and his mother Meghan at home for the first time since the birth on Monday.
The duke, who became a father just three days ago, was given a toy rattle decorated with rabbits by seven-year-old girl Daimy Gommers, who the grateful royal then hugged before chatting with her parents.
Harry and the youngster, whose father Paul, 46, lost a leg in a parachuting accident, met in Toronto two years ago at the Invictus Games where Harry and Meghan first went public about their relationship.
Daimy’s mother Danielle, from Apledoorn in the Netherlands, said it was ‘nice’ to see the royal again but joked that she was ‘a bit ashamed because the present was for his son not for him but he had unwrapped it’.
She added: ‘He looks well and he’s got lots of energy to be here and he’s always so spontaneous. He remembered meeting Daimy before, he’s always really good with children. I think he’s a terrific father.’
Prince Harry, who donned a special ‘I am daddy’ jacket during a bike ride, was then given a baby grow by Princess Margriet, before laughter from the crowd by modelling it against his own body.
The duke was visiting The Hague for the one-year countdown to his charity event, after introducing royal baby Archie to the world alongside Meghan in an eagerly anticipated photocall yesterday following his birth on Monday.
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Prince Harry laughed as he was presented with a baby grow by Princess Margriet which featured the logo for his Invictus Games
Prince Harry was given a toy rattle decorated with rabbits by seven-year-old girl Daimy Gommers (right), who the grateful royal then hugged before chatting with her parents
The Duke of Sussex was presented with his first baby gifts today as he took a break from parenting and travelled to the Netherlands to launch next year’s Invictus Games
Prince Harry donned a special ‘I am daddy’ jacket during a bike ride around the Hague today as he returned to work following the birth of his son Archie
The Duke of Sussex has a go at archery during a sports training session at Sportcampus Zuiderpark as part of his visit to the Hague
The world has been given its first ever glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newborn son yesterday as his beaming parents finally showed off their ‘own little bundle of joy’ to millions of royal fans across the globe
Little Archie Harrison was introduced to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Meghan’s mother Doria by his proud parents
Prince Harry speaks to veterans ahead of the Invictus Games in 2020. The Duke of Sussex founded the games in 2014 in which wounded veterans compete in an array of sporting events
The Duke of Sussex took a break from parenting today as he travelled to the Netherlands to launch next year’s Invictus Games, where a young girl presented him with a present (left) and he watched competitors in archery (right)
In a short speech, he said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled that many more injured, wounded and sick servicemen and women will have the opportunity to continue the journey to their recovery.’
Harry told competitors: ‘It’s your resilience, your determination and your courage which draws crowds in their thousands leaving them more inspired, moved and proud than they ever thought possible.’
He added: ‘Make these games your own. We chose you for a reason and it wasn’t just because I like orange.’
There were some shouts of congratulations from the crowds as the new father arrived on Thursday morning, in what was a return to the day job for the prince following a few hectic few days.
The duchess is likely to still have the company of her mother Doria Ragland at their Frogmore Cottage home while Harry is away on the short trip.
Hundreds of miles away, the duke watched a wheelchair basketball training session in a sports hall at the Sportscampus building before shaking hands and speaking to competitors.
Leading parenting expert Suzie Hayman said Harry is likely to find leaving his baby son so soon after his birth ‘agonising’, and said he would feel a ‘pang’ to be leaving his wife and child.
Harry and Meghan announced they had called their baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor after the duchess movingly described her son and husband as ‘the two best guys in the world’.
The couple broke with royal convention by not using a title for their baby boy, and have given their firstborn a name familiar to fans of the American Archie comic – featuring a main character who has red hair just like the duke.
Prince Harry seemed relaxed during the trip to the Hague, and took the time to speak to veterans hopeful of competing at next year’s Invictus Games
Prince Harry talks with an athlete during the official launch of the one year countdown to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands today
Prince Harry attends a Jaguar Land Rover demonstration at the Hague today, during a visit to publicise next year’s Invictus Games
Harry, who was greeted by cheering fans and children, mingled with veterans as they practiced in a gymnasium, stopping at one point to try his hand at archery
Prince Harry looks at ease as he returned to the day job following a few hectic hours adjusting to life as a first-time parent
There were some shouts of congratulations from the crowds as the new father (shown with Princess Margriet, right) arrived, in what was a return to the day job for the prince who has enjoyed a hectic few days
The new parents were pictured showing off baby Archie to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, alongside Ms Ragland, at Windsor Castle.
Harry and Meghan’s first born, who is seventh in line to the throne, made his debut with his mother and father at the castle on Wednesday.
The duchess described her son as having the ‘sweetest temperament’, while a delighted duke called him ‘our own little bundle of joy’.
Meghan added: ‘It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.’
The couple’s son arrived on Monday at 5.26am, weighing 7lb 3oz and his father said, when announcing the birth, the baby’s late arrival had given them longer to decide on a name.
As the first-born son of a duke, Archie could have become Earl of Dumbarton – one of Harry’s subsidiary titles – or have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Duke of Sussex took a break from parenting today as he travelled to the Netherlands (pictured), just three days after the birth of his son Archie
Prince Harry chats with Princess Margriet and chairman of the Invictus Games Mart de Kruif as he makes his way to the Hague today
The duke, who flew into the country on Thursday morning, was met by Princess Margriet (pictured together) as he visited the Hague today
Prince Harry arrives in the Netherlands today to launch the one-year countdown to the Invictus Games 2020, of which he is the creator
Prince Harry returned to his day job after a hectic few days as a new father. There were some shouts of congratulations from the crowds as the new father arrived
Baby Sussex (pictured) made his very first public appearance at a photocall alongside a thrilled Prince Harry and Meghan in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where the new family have been holed up since the historic birth on Monday
The couple revealed their plans to present their newborn to the Queen later today, having bumped into the Duke of Edinburgh shortly before the photocall
But the couple chose not to use a courtesy title and the decision fits with Harry and Meghan’s desire to give their son as normal a life as possible despite his royal heritage.
He shares a name with a character who is part of the Archie gang, along with a host of others – including Moose Mason, Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones – who have been on American news stands for years.
Archie Andrews is known as ‘America’s typical teenager’ and he and his friends have been updated for a modern audience with Riverdale, a Netflix American teenage drama series.
The name is German in origin and means ‘genuine’, ‘bold’ and ‘brave’, and is short for Archibald, but is now a name in its own right.
Harrison means ‘son of Harry’ so is likely to be a tribute to the duke.
It is English in origin and famous Harrisons include the Star Wars actor Harrison Ford.
Archie is not entitled to be an HRH or a prince due to rules set out more than 100 years ago by George V.
Prince George, Archie’s cousin, reportedly told a dog walker earlier this year that his name is Archie when questioned by the pet owner.
Prince Harry and then-girlfriend Meghan Markle are pictured together at the Invictus Games in Canada back in September 2017