When Prince Harry spoke at the WellChild awards in London he got so emotional that he had to fight back his tears before continuing his speech. He became a father recently, and speaking at an event with parents who have children with severe illness made him get choked up.

During the speech, Prince Harry recalled how he held his wife Meghan Markle’s hand tight the last time there were at the WellChild, thinking about what it would be like to be parents one day. They knew at that time that they were going to be parents soon, and they wondered what it would be like to help and protect their child if he was born with “immediate challenges or become unwell over time.”

Being at the event one year later as a father, Prince Harry said that the occasion pulled at his heartstrings in a way that he could only understand as a dad. The emotional speech was well received at the venue, with the audience even clapped when the royal struggled and fought back the tears.

Commenting on the emotional speech, Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine explored whether Prince Harry was under some emotional stress, Express reported. Vine acknowledged that it must have been quite an experience for the British royal to be a first time dad at an event that is about a charity that helps children who are unwell, but he wondered if the Duke of Sussex is under some kind of strain.

Angela Scanlon pointed out that it is “amazing” that Prince Harry is comfortable with expressing his emotions like that in public. She added that the British royal has been raising his voice about mental health issues, and it is a “good thing” to “see men cry in public.”

Prince Harry and Prince William, along with their respective wives, have been campaigning about mental health issues though their charity work. The British royals feel passionately about the subject.

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