Prince Harry jokes about being a ‘father-of-five’ as he opens up on the ‘challenges’ of parenting

The Duke of Sussex joked about the very real juggle of being a parent at WellChild Awards 2023

Prince Harry smiles as he attends the WellChild Awards 2023
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Prince Harry has opened up on the 'challenges' of being a 'father-of-five' and his remarks have sparked laughter.

The Duke of Sussex, who jetted into the UK to give a keynote speech and hand out a gong at the WellChild Awards 2023 in London, had the audience laughing in empathy as he made a joke remark about parenting.

It comes as Prince William and Kate Middleton are ‘nervous’ Prince Harry will ‘overshadow’ first anniversary of the Queen’s death with ‘another outburst’ directed at the family.

Prince Harry is dad to son Prince Archie, four, and daughter Princess Lilibet, two with wife Meghan Markle and they also have three dogs - a black Labrador called Pula and two rescue beagles named Guy and Momma 'Mia'.

And he made comical reference to juggling his expanding family as he gave a heartfelt speech to a room of seriously ill children and their families and carers.

Harry said, "As a father-of-two – and three dogs, so basically five souls," the audience laughed and the Duke continued, "I’m acutely aware of the many joys and challenges that come with parenting.”

“And that’s with kids who aren’t facing health challenges. So, to the parent carers in the room, you have my sincerest admiration and respect."

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He went on to praise their work and made a heartfelt pledge. “The level of support and responsibility you share daily is unrivalled and without fail.

“You deserve all the assistance you need – whether it’s training enough skilled carers to help shoulder the increasing demands of 24/7 care routines or simply providing time and space for you to take a break once in a while."

“It is our collective responsibility to continue to provide new and existing resources for you, to advocate on your behalf, and to help in any way we can.

“You are proof that not all superheroes wear capes!”

Prince Harry, who attended the awards alone, leaving wife Meghan and their children at home in LA, also paid tribute to his late grandmother Queen Elizabeth II who died September 8 last year.

He said, "As you know, I was unable to attend the awards last year as my grandmother passed away.

"As you also probably know, she would have been the first person to insist that I still come to be with you all instead of going to her, and that's precisely why I know exactly one year on that she is looking down on all of us tonight, happy we're together, continuing to spotlight such an incredible community."

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Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is currently a Senior Entertainment Writer for, formerly Senior Entertainment writer for Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life with more than 16 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including celebrity births, weddings, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories from baby names to store closures and product recall warnings. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.