The relatable parenting dilemma revealed that forced Prince Harry to attend the Aviation Awards without his wife Meghan Markle

The Duke of Sussex was named Living Legend of Aviation at an awards show

Prince Harry at Invictus Awards
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Prince Harry attended the aviation awards ceremony without his wife Meghan Markle after making a tough parenting decision.

Juggling parenting with work and personal commitments can be hard, especially when feeling the mum guilt or dad guilt for leaving your kids at home with your other half when they're poorly. Illness is unplanned and can crop up anytime, from a busy week at work to a family holiday. And royal parents are no different, as Prince Harry is likely to have been torn between skipping an awards event to stay at home with his wife and children or attending it alone.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex live in LA with their two children, son Prince Archie, four, and daughter Princess Lilibet, two, and both he and Meghan were invited to attend the annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards held in Beverly Hills. The Prince is one of four inductees to be named the prestigious 'Living Legend of Aviation' award. Prince Harry turned up to the glitzy bash alone, wearing a stylish black tuxedo to accept the gong from actor John Travolta and it's understood that his wife Meghan stayed at home to look after their two children – one of whom had become unwell. It is not known whether it was Prince Archie or Lilibet who wasn't feeling well, according to the PA news agency, as no further information was revealed.

Some parts of this picture have been digitally changed for security reasons) In this image released on January 22, 2013, Prince Harry, makes his early morning pre-flight checks at the British controlled flight-line at Camp Bastion on December 12, 2012 in Afghanistan. Prince Harry has served as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013

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Prince Harry, who notably took part in two tours of Afghanistan, served as an Apache helicopter pilot before being promoted to the rank of Captain, speaking about his honour in a statement, the Aviation Awards said, "Prince Harry is a humanitarian, military veteran, mental wellness advocate and environmentalist. He has dedicated his life to advancing causes that he is passionate about and that bring about permanent change for people and places.”

He took the event in his stride and gave a nod to his late mum Princess Diana during his acceptance speech. Prince Harry told John Travolta, "I was just a one-year-old when you danced with my mum at the White House and now look at us!"

"The only thing left to do is... not dance together but fly together," he added.

Harry went on to thank the Living Legends of Aviation awards for the 'incredible honour', adding that he is 'proud to be recognised among such a dynamic and inspiring group of individuals'. He takes his place alongside other aviation and aerospace 'legends' including Buzz Aldrin, Jeff Bezos, Tom Cruise, Neil Armstrong, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman and Elon Musk.

In other royal news, Prince Archie and Lilibet expected to take “excellent care” of the ‘beautiful’ new addition to their family (royal title TBC) and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly ‘shocked’ about the controversial reaction to their baby name

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!)