Just weeks after officially stepping back as a working member of the Royal Family, Prince Harry has opened up about his life in quarantine with 11-month-old Archie and his wife, Meghan, as they settle into their new Los Angeles home.
During a 30-minute video call on Easter Sunday, Harry shared his appreciation for being able to have the extra time to spend with Archie. The call was with a nurse, two parents of children with serious illnesses, and the CEO of the British charity WellChild.
“There’s a hell of a lot of positives that are happening at the same time and being able to have family time – so much family time – that you almost think, ‘Do I feel guilty for having so much family time?'”
The Prince went on to add, “you’ve got to celebrate those moments where you are just on the floor rolling around in hysterics.
“Inevitably, half an hour later, maybe a day later, there’s going to be something that you have to deal with, and there’s no way you can run away from it.”
Harry has been a patron of WellChild for more than 10 years. The organisation provides assistance to families of children who have severe illnesses. During the call, Harry took the time to praise parents Craig Hatch and Leanne Cooper, whose children both have cerebral palsy as well as other serious conditions.
“The resilience and the strength that you guys have is absolutely incredible,” said Harry. “You must never, ever, ever, ever forget that. Of course, there are going to be hard days – I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it is for you guys.”
“Having one kid at 11 months old is enough!” added Harry.
During the call, Harry was asked how he and his family are holding up during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
“Not too bad,” replied Harry. “I think it’s certainly strange times – everyone is experiencing the same thing in a very unique way. But the longer this goes on for, I imagine the harder it is for each and everyone of you.”
The Prince then went on to give some advice on how to shed light on the current situation that the world is facing:
“It’s all about morale. If morale is up, if you wake up in the morning and go, ‘Right, new day, got my whole family here, what are we doing to do?’ Of course, there’s that fear of what might happen, but there’s so much that’s out of control, and all of the sudden we’ve realized how small we are in the grand scheme of things.”
Harry ended the call on an uplifting note of positivity.
“It is really nice to see you all smiling and happy. Keep going, keep the morale up, keep busy, keep being creative, dare yourself to try new hobbies, and I hope to see you all again very, very soon!”