Prince Harry has only been a dad for a short time, but he’s already nailing the whole fatherhood thing.
After welcoming son Archie on Monday, May 6, the royal took a quick day-trip to the Netherlands on Friday, May 10, to kick off the countdown to the Invictus Games, an international, multi-sport competition for wounded, injured and sick armed service personnel, that he launched in 2014.
Although he had to leave his newborn son for a short time, it was clear that his family was not far from his mind.
While away on business, he showed the world how proud he is to be a dad by sporting a jacket with the words “Invictus Family Daddy” embroidered on it. How sweet!
Yellow lettering incorporated into the larger message also read, “I am Daddy.” Since Prince Harry is both a patron and founder of the Invictus Games, his shirt might even have a clever double meaning, as he might be considered the “father” of the Invictus Games Foundation as well.
While the new dad certainly has a full plate, those who know him best say he’s more than up to the task.
“I’m sure he will be walking through the door tonight and be handed the baby and told it’s his turn now,” JJ Chalmers, his friend and former Invictus star, told People.
“I think naturally he’s obviously going to have a hard time with the sleep for a little while. But I said it [fatherhood] is the best thing he’ll ever do, and he agreed.”
Everyone is eager to spoil the new member of the family, and Prince Harry will be bringing home some new Invictus-themed gear for little Archie, including a soft rattle toy, tiny socks emblazoned with “I love Daddy” and an Invictus Games onesie given to him by Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, who is an honorary chair of one of the Invictus Games committees.
Despite the fact that he’s surely exhausted, the new dad was enthusiastic as ever in his duties.
“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,” he said in a speech at a sports arena in The Hague, as reported by USA Today.
The Invictus Games website says that the Duke of Sussex visited the Warrior Games in the U.S. in 2013, and “saw firsthand how the power of sport can help physically, psychologically, and socially those suffering from injuries and illness.”
When he returned to the U.K., he was inspired to create the Games as part of a support network of on-going care, training, and employment opportunities for veterans.
In a post on the royal couple’s official Instagram account, Prince Harry honored the participants in the Games in the caption, and he wrote about the impact that sports can have on people.
“Sport has the power to help people physically and psychologically,” the caption reads.
The Invictus Games have also played a part in Prince Harry’s relationship with his now-wife, Duchess Meghan Markle.
The two first appeared publicly together as a couple at the Invictus Games in 2017.
As far as his royal daddy duties go, Prince Harry brought the newborn Archie out for his first official appearance on May 8, two days after his birth, with Duchess Meghan at his side.
The newborn has made history within British society and across the Commonwealth by becoming the first biracial British child in the royal family.
Soon after the baby’s birth, Prince Harry addressed the press outside Windsor Castle and said that he was “over the moon” and “incredibly proud” of Meghan.
In an emotional moment, Prince Harry gushed about the strength of his wife and women everywhere.
“How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, but we’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there,” Harry said.