Prince Harry Just Had a Very Relatable Reaction to Meeting a Crying 5-Week-Old Baby
"It's your turn next!" said an old friend of Harry's
Impending fatherhood may be making Prince Harry a little nervous.
On Monday, the royal dad-to-be spoke with an old friend JJ Chalmers, a former Marine and new dad, during a visit to the Institute of Translational Medicine and the Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. The scar center, the world’s first of its kind, is a groundbreaking facility designed to help veterans and and civilians caught in terror incidents tackle the psychological and physical impact left by scars.
Chalmers and his wife Kornelia introduced Harry to their 5-week-old baby, James.
“It’s your turn next!” Chalmers said to him. Harry simply smiled — slightly anxiously! — as the tot wriggled and cried.
Later, Maxine French, 50, a senior auxiliary nurse in the diabetes center and self-described “No. 1 fan” of Harry, shared a moment of baby chat as well.
“I just grabbed him and hugged him and gave him a kiss,” she said. “I wished him all the luck in the world with the baby.”
Harry, 34, visited the center as part of his ongoing work to support veterans. Among the new treatments being pioneered there: a pro-healing protein being developed within a new biomaterial gel and the use of laser therapy to correct scars.
More than 6,000 members of the British Armed Forces have been seriously injured or scarred in recent conflicts, and veterans who have survived physical injury are at greater risk of experiencing mental health problems. Harry has made it his mission to highlight the challenges faced by veterans and others.
The new center will support the creation of customized interventions to help veterans and their families adjust to living with scars.
On his last stop before leaving, Harry dropped in on a workshop run by the UNITS study, which aims to better understand the psychological needs of military personnel affected by appearance-altering conflict wounds. The study hopes to recruit more than 200 participants and is being supported by veterans and members of the CASEVAC Club, which was formed by and for armed forces personnel wounded in recent conflicts.
CASEVAC (which was initially set up with seed funding by the Royal Foundation) is one of the collaborators in the Centre for Confict Wound Research and is working to assist in the advancement of medical science and treatments for all, help others experiencing traumatic injury and provide wounded personnel with the support of a close-knit community.
Earlier in the day, Harry paid tribute to victims of two terror attacks in Tunisia in 2015. The families of the deceased were consulted on plans for the Sousse and Bardo memorial that Harry visited Monday. The U.K.’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office hopes the site will be a place of “remembrance, commemoration and reflection for the families of those injured and killed.”