Harry opens on lockdown with Meghan Markle and Archie as he shows the LA house


Prince Harry says he “rolled on the ground in hysteria” when he enjoys spending time with family with Meghan Markle and Archie during the coronavirus lockout.

He spoke of the time the Sussex family spent in isolation on a video call from his new California home.

Harry admitted he almost felt guilty for family time with his 11 month old son during the pandemic, saying “you have to celebrate these moments” before being called for work.

He shared his views while chatting with two families supported by the WellChild charity, which helps critically ill children across the UK.

He spoke with them from his new Los Angeles home for about half an hour during the long Easter weekend, wearing a casual blue shirt and sitting in front of a cream wall and dark wooden closet.

Prince Harry on video call with WellChild

He said, “There are a lot of positives happening at the same time and being able to spend time with family – so much time with family – that you almost think:” Do I feel guilty for having so much family time? ”

“You have to celebrate those times when you’re just on the floor riding in hysterics.

“Inevitably, half an hour later, maybe a day later, there is going to be something you will have to deal with and there is no way to run away. “

The Sussex family spend isolation in LA

But he admitted it was not easy, jokingly added, “I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it is for you, having a child at 11 months is enough. “

During the conversation, Harry called on the government to give families like these the recognition they deserve because some are struggling to get support during the coronavirus pandemic.

WellChild, of whom the prince has been the patron since 2007, said that some are struggling to be classified as vulnerable as the crisis puts additional pressure on their lives.

Duke spoke to two families with children with complex needs

The two families Harry spoke with were both supported by the charity which helps seriously ill children – and during the call, the prince urged residents of Westminster to take action.

He also spoke with a specially trained nurse and the head of WellChild – while there were brief glimpses of his new home in the background.

He said, “Full respect for each of you. It’s hard for everyone, but it’s especially hard for you.

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Harry and Meghan at the WellChild Awards in October

“Hopefully, with this video, we will be able to make it clearer and more apparent to government and everyone that you are in the vulnerable and WellChild needs more help.” “

Many children with disabilities need complex medical care and often constant support, but the lock-in has put enormous pressure on their parents.

Not to mention the fear that their children will contract the potentially fatal bug.

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Speaking of the challenges families face, WellChild CEO Colin Dyer said that those supported by the charity are “always isolated and hidden” and that the lockdown only adds to that.

He said getting the authorities to notice their struggles is a huge, difficult battle because “the focus just doesn’t seem to be on families like this.”

Dyer added that while PPE is desperately in short supply for front-line workers, other “basic supplies are needed”, including food and cleaning supplies for the vulnerable.

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Craig Hatch and his family were among those Harry spoke to over the weekend.

Cumbria’s father cares for his 21-year-old son Fraser, who has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, neuromuscular scoliosis, osteoporosis, chronic lung conditions and type 1 diabetes.

Craig said the family was scared because if the virus gets into the house and infects Fraser, “the implications are quite serious.”

The Duke also spoke with Leanne Cooper of Lincoln, a 13-year-old twin mother who both have complex needs.

Sophie has more serious problems than her sister Erica and has already won a WellChild award for her inspiration.

Leanne said Sophie’s thought – who needs 24-hour care – of having the virus is “terrifying” and said that if it got to the point where her caregivers couldn’t come to work “there is no way to survive. “

The mom said there was not enough information for vulnerable families or children with complex needs.

Harry had previously met the children of both families at the WellChild Awards, warning their parents when they called “there are going to be tough days” but that the work they are doing is “absolutely amazing”.


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