Words by Maisie Bovingdon
Just days after the Duchess of Sussex gave birth, Harry jetted to the Netherlands for an engagement at The Hague for the Invictus Games 2020.
During his visit Harry had a heart to heart with former soldier Dennis van der Stroon, who has his sights set on competing in the games, about fatherhood.
Dennis recalled his conversation with the 34-year-old royal to Hello! magazine: ‘We talked about how my wife, Mireille, is 20 weeks pregnant with our first child, a girl, and he told me how special it was that his son has just been born.
‘Above all he said he was just amazed by the miracles in the world, and how his child has made a lot of people happy.
‘But he also told me not to make too many plans and that there’s no way you can plan for when the baby arrives.’
Harry has revealed his four-year-old son is ‘very quiet’.
Dennis added: ‘He also told me he’s really happy that his son is so far very quiet.’
The pair continued to bond over fatherhood, and losing a parent. During the heart to heart Harry admitted he doesn’t feel ‘so alone’ when he speaks to other people who have loved and lost a close one.
Dennis continued: ‘Harry said missing a mother is like missing some kind of security, how you need that as a son and it falls away when you lose your mother. He said he meets a lot of people in his work who have lost a mother, father, sister, brother or relatives and when he hears their story, as he heard my story, he said he doesn’t feel so alone.’
We can’t deal.
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