Harry even showed off his already strong bond with children when he crouched down to accept a bundle of flowers from a girl in pigtails

By Simon Perry
April 04, 2019 09:17 AM
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Prince Harry headed out for a special lunch on Thursday – and of course, there was some baby talk!

As wife Meghan Markle prepares for the birth of the couple’s first child, the ex-army captain was supporting three causes that help servicemen and women.

The lunch, at the Guildhall in the financial district of London, was hosted by the Lord Mayor and aided those soldiers and ex-service members who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Harry, 34, served two tours of Afghanistan while he was in the army and the army air corps.

The prince was asked by the wife of Sheriff Alderman Vincent Keaveny about the impending addition to the family, due in the coming weeks. Harry told her, “Of course I am excited, very excited.”

Harry even showed off his already strong bond with children when he crouched down to accept a bundle of flowers from a girl in pigtails – 4-year-old Zofia Zdenkowska.

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The mayor has been hosting the lunch event since 2008 for former and current serving soldiers and the beneficiaries and supporters of three national service charities. One of the biggest barriers to veterans getting into the world of work can be chronic pain. Some of the proceeds from this year’s lunch will fund veterans to take part in a program designed to help them manage their pain and then get into meaningful work.

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Dad-to-be Harry – who danced with some young ballerinas and visited with some mental health charities at the YMCA in London Wednesday – chatted to two veterans who have completed a six-month program, which is targeted for veterans who are now in employment, that runs at the Edward VII Hospital’s Centre for Veterans’ Health. He also met some of the charities’ beneficiaries and their families, as well as key supporters of the three national service charities, the curry lunch chef and the musicians playing in the Hall.

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Three charities – ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund – were the recipients of the special fund that the Mayor hopes will top $2.63 million (£2 million) this year. It has so far raised $2.5 million since 2008.

They were joined by political leaders; the Ministry of Defense ministerial team and a wide cross-section of business leaders and professionals.