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The Duke of Sussex met winners of the WellChild awards at a private garden party in Kew Gardens. Prince Harry, who has been a patron of the organisation since 2007, could be seen speaking to families during afternoon tea on the gardens’ Sir Joseph Banks Lawn.

The 36-year-old hailed the remarkable work of everyone involved and said the charity for seriously ill children has an “extraordinarily special place in my heart”.

Harry now has two children, Archie and Lilibet, and he explained how fatherhood has enabled him to feel “more connected, inspired and in awe of the resilience of these families”.

Harry said: “Since becoming patron of WellChild in 2007, this organisation and the people within it have held an extraordinarily special place in my heart.

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Prince Harry has made an appearance at a children’s charity in London (Image: WELLCHILD)

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Prince Harry speaks to families in Kew Gardens (Image: WELLCHILD)

“I wasn’t a father at the time, and yet the stories of these children and parents transcended that. I didn’t need to be a dad to feel the impact of this invaluable work.

“Now as a father of two, I feel all the more connected, inspired and in awe of the resilience of these families, who power through indescribable challenges with the support of WellChild.”

He added: “The health of our children, of all of us, could not have been more on the forefront of our minds during the past year.

“And, throughout this time, the WellChild community has set an example for how to show up and act with compassion for each other.

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Prince Harry has been a patron of the charity since 2007 (Image: WELLCHILD)

“I could not be prouder to be here, to meet this year’s WellChild award winners, to thank the nurses and doctors for all they do, and to celebrate these amazing families.”

The Queen’s grandson met each winner of the prestigious awards and posed for a socially-distanced photograph on the lawn.

The winners were chosen from hundreds of nominations from across the UK and categories included Inspirational Child and Young Person, Young Carer, Inspirational Nurse, Inspirational Doctor, Outstanding Health Professional and Volunteer.

The Duke, who wore a light-blue shirt and dark trousers, was joined at the garden party by a number of celebrities.

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Prince Harry spoke about being a father of two (Image: WELLCHILD)

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Prince Harry poses for a socially-distanced photograph (Image: WELLCHILD)

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, Ronnie Wood, Amanda Holden, AJ Pritchard and Abbie Quinnen were among the guests, as well as singer Anne-Marie who performed an acoustic set.

WellChild Chief Executive, Colin Dyer explained there are more children and young people living with long-term, serious health needs than ever before.

He added: “The Coronavirus outbreak has placed these children and families under more pressure than many of us can comprehend.

“The WellChild Awards 2021, in association with GSK, will be a unique opportunity to recognise and highlight the immense challenges they have faced and to celebrate the remarkable positivity, resilience and spirit they have demonstrated.

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“It will also help us to shine a light on the dedication of those around them, from siblings, professionals and volunteers who have gone above and beyond to help them through such challenging times.”

Harry arrived in the UK from California last week and has been self-isolating at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

He will attend a statue unveiling of Princess Diana at Kensington Palace on Thursday, July 1, the date Diana would have celebrated her 60th birthday.

Harry travelled from the US alone as Meghan Markle has recently given birth to their second child Lilibet Diana.

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