Prince Harry delighted to receive Invictus Games onesie for Archie during Netherlands trip
By MARIA PUENTE | USA Today | Published: May 10, 2019
(Tribune News Service) — One day after presenting his newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor to the world, Prince Harry traveled to The Netherlands, where he was presented with a onesie by Princess Margriet of The Netherlands.
The trip to The Hague marked the royal's first separation from wife Duchess Meghan since she gave birth to son Archie on Monday. But the trip had long been scheduled as the official launch of the 2020 Invictus Games, Harry's signature charity competition for wounded warriors and veterans.
The new dad grinned and made funny faces for the cameras as he held up a tiny onesie – or baby grow, as it is called in Europe – given to him by Margriet, the honorary chair of a Games committee and the aunt of the reigning Dutch monarch, King Willem-Alexander.
The teeny garment was emblazoned with the Invictus Games 2020 logo, which also adorned Harry's polo shirt.
The trip may have been a quick one but Harry made up for it by posing for lots of endearing photos. There was one of him with a little girl, one with him and with a bow and arrow, one of him kneeling with wheelchair athletes and even one of him petting a dog. But it was the onesie shot that evoked the most "awwws."
Although Harry is always ebullient during public engagements, he took it up a notch Thursday, combining his joy at becoming a father with his love for the Invictus Games, the charity he founded to bring the "transformative power of sport" to helping wounded warriors recover.
"Now here we are, launching the countdown to the fifth Invictus Games and I am absolutely thrilled that many more wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women will have the opportunity to continue their journey to recovery," Harry said in a speech at a sports arena in The Hague.
More than 500 competitors from 19 nations are expected to compete in nine sports events at the Hague Games, scheduled for May 2020. Harry had a busy day Thursday as he inspected the preparations, met with potential competitors and their families and joined in the launch celebration.
While Meghan is expected to take some time off after Archie's birth, royal duties continue for Harry.
Buckingham Palace has already announced his next engagement: He'll spend Tuesday in Oxford, visiting a children's hospital and a disability sports center.
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