Both Harry and Meghan met with military families from the Welsh Guards, Coldstream Guards and Household Cavalry, and the parents talked about their families over coffee.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently met with families from the Welsh Guards, Coldstream Guards and Household Cavalry. The royals met and talked with the families at Broom Farm Community Centre, located in an army housing estate in Windsor.
Meghan revealed some new details on her firstborn baby Archie, telling the group of military families that the young royal has begun to crawl and his first teeth have just come out. Prince Harry, on the other hand, praised partners who maintain a home life while their other half is away on operations and sympathized with personnel who are missing out on their child’s development due to them being away on engagements abroad.
Meghan talked with lots of the parents about their children as well as Archie, who is only six months, sharing stories with Amy Thompson, a mother and wife whose husband is attached to the Welsh Guards.
Ms Thompson said: “My daughter Aeris is the same age as Archie and we talked about weaning and the children beginning to crawl – she’s just a normal mum and it was like talking to a friend.”
The royals one again showed just how good they are with children, with Harry taking a little girl in his arms while Meghan high-fived a toddler.
She told one of the children: “Look at your tiny little teeth. Archie just got two teeth, some tiny ones.”
The majority of the Coldstream Guards are on exercise in Kenya, while a large part of the Welsh Guards will soon be returning from a long deployment to the Falklands.
Harry, who has experience in the military, serving 10 years as an Army officer, said it was commendable what the families were doing, holding it together back home, saying: “It’s unbelievably hard. I have so much respect and admiration for anyone who has to deal with that.”
This engagement comes after the Sussex finished their royal tour of Africa, with Meghan and baby Archie joining Harry on his visit to South Africa, while the Prince went on solo to the other countries. Even those small periods apart can be important, as they grow up very fast, Harry empathized with the present parents.
He said: “I can’t imagine what it’s like to miss so much as they change so quickly.”
Army spouse Leigh Smith said: “We had a party when Harry and Meghan got married and we’ve followed their story ever since, so it was an amazing experience for Molly to shake hands with them. It’s really special and a lovely boost for the whole community.”
Coldstream Guard welfare officer Captain Colin Lewis said the visit was a welcome tonic after a tough 18 months.
The officer said: “The regiment is really appreciative of the support the families provide by picking up the burden when the service person is away.
“It’s great for the duke and duchess to take the time to truly understand the challenges they face. They are very down to earth and they’ve had a snapshot of the entire community here by talking to lots of people from different backgrounds.”