Duke of Sussex cannot imagine life without son Archie, despite sleepless nights

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The Duke of Sussex has said he cannot imagine life without son Archie – but confessed the baby kept him up last night.

Harry chatted about his baby during the first of a series of visits in Oxford which began with him celebrating the work of the city’s children’s hospital.

The duke, who became a father for the first time last week, was presented with a tiny teddy bear for Archie when he arrived at the hospital.

Later the duke met parents whose children have been battling cancer on the hospital’s Kamran Jabble ward, named after a former patient.

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The Duke of Sussex during a visit to Oxford Children’s Hospital (Toby Melville/PA)

She was holding her 10-week-old daughter Ida and immediately struck up a conversation about Harry’s newborn son.

Ms Scullard said: “Harry asked me if she was over the stormy period as babies are supposed to be grumpy for the first 10 weeks – and she is.

Royal visit to Oxford
Harry shared his own parenting stories with mothers and fathers in the ward (Toby Melville/PA)

“He said he just feels part of the family and he can’t imagine life without his son.”

The duke also told another patient how Archie had kept him up last night.

Christine George, 52, whose son James, 17, is having chemotherapy, said: “He said he had all this organised, but had a sleepless night last night – not the ideal preparation for his first day at work.”

Harry and Meghan’s son was born last Monday. Today was Harry’s first full day of work in the UK, following a trip to Amsterdam last week.

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