Why Did Prince Harry Leave Baby Archie?

The first few days with a new baby are extremely precious. As a new parent, you’ve waited months to meet your little bundle of joy and all of that anticipation finally comes to a head when the baby is born.

Typically, new parents don’t want to leave their child’s side for anything. But when you are a part of the royal family, duty always calls.

Just three days after his child was born, Prince Harry had to leave the country and baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Where did Harry go?

Harry left early this morning for his scheduled trip to the Netherlands to start the official countdown to next year’s Invictus Games.

The Invictus Games are a Paralympic competition for injured veterans and people serving in the armed forces. The games will be held next year in the Netherlands.

What did Harry do while in the Netherlands?

As planned, Harry spent his time in Hague preparing for the games and meeting with competitors. Princess Margriet of The Netherlands, who is the Honorary Chair of the Recommendation Committee of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, was also in attendance.

“I had seen first-hand the transformative power of sport in helping people physically and psychologically recover and knew that the Invictus Games would change lives, capture hearts and inspire a generation, the Invictus generation,” Harry said in a speech today. “Now, here we are, launching the countdown to the fifth Invictus Games and I am absolutely thrilled that many more wounded, injured, and sick Servicemen and women will have the opportunity to continue their journey to recovery.”

The games will feature over 500 competitors from 19 different countries.

Is Harry excited about being a father?

Baby Archie was born early Monday morning and his birth was announced via Harry and Meghan Markle’s Instagram page with a photo reading, “it’s a boy.”

“We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019,” the caption read. “Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz.”

“The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives.”

Harry was elated to be a new father and spoke to the press later that day.

“I’m so incredibly proud of my wife,” he said. “As every father and parent would ever say, your baby is absolutely amazing, but this little thing is absolutely to die for so I’m just over the moon.”

Has the rest of the royal family met baby Archie?

Yesterday, Markle and Harry announced that they would be taking Archie to meet Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Naturally, the Monarch and her husband would be the first royals to meet the new baby.

The Queen and Prince Philip met the baby at Windsor Castle. Prince William and Kate Middleton were also in attendance.

Read more: First Glimpse at Baby Sussex: Everything We Know About the Baby So Far

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