Prince Harry says 'we basically have five children' as he reveals ‘emotional support dogs’ help keep him calm

Prince Harry has revealed he has three 'emotional support dogs' to help keep him calm at home.

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Prince Harry has opened up about his expanding family as he declares 'we basically have five children' by revealing ‘emotional support dogs’ help keep him calm.

Prince Harry has opened up on the help he gets from his 'emotional support dogs' as he declares 'we basically have five children.'

The Duke of Sussex has given fans an insight into the chaos he faces at home as his pets chase squirrels and cause "all sorts of problems" but he has admitted his dogs also help him, as he details the support he gets in a new charity video call.

As he shares a glimpse of his life, living in LA with wife Meghan Markle and their two children, son Archie and daughter Lilibet, the Duke admits, "We all need a dog that keeps us calm,” he said. “I’ve got three in this house now. We basically have five children.

“I’ve got a black Labrador called Pula, a rescue beagle called Guy and we got another rescue beagle called Mia and, between the three of them, they charge around chasing the squirrels and causing all sorts of problems to us every single day. But they are also emotional support dogs, 100 per cent — when they’re behaving.”

The special video call was set up after Prince Harry was forced to pull out of attending the awards in person following the death of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.

And it was during his chat with 13-year-old Isabelle Delaney from Solihull, who was joined on the video call with her assistance dog to be - a labradoodle Hope - that prompted Harry to talk about his own pets. Isabelle has a range of serious health conditions and won an award for inspirational young person aged 12-14.  

Prince Harry also made a cute comment about Archie's 'squeaky voice' as he spoke to another inspirational youngster, Henry Waines, 4, from Bridlington who was born with serious health problems affecting his ability to breathe, eat and speak.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)