The royal made the solo trip on Wednesday, where he engaged with a class of 4 to 6-year-olds and showed off his best balancing skills

By Joelle Goldstein
April 04, 2019 12:16 AM
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Prince Harry is on his way to becoming a plié pro!

During his solo visit to the YMCA South Ealing in west London on Wednesday, the royal, who is expecting the arrival of his first child with Meghan Markle in the coming weeks, showed off his best ballet skills in a class filled with 4 to 6-year-olds.

At one point during the event, Harry, 34, asked 5-year-old Emanuel Lester what his favorite part of dance class was. In response, Emanuel told the royal it was the “ballet challenge.”

Teacher Jade Groves explained that the challenge was when the children practiced their balance by standing on one leg with a plastic disc on their head. No sooner than when she asked the children, “Do you guys want to show him?” they all stood up.

“Arms out, one leg up!” Groves instructed the class, as the children joined in and attempted to maintain their balance.

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Harry then tried it himself, stretching out his arms and standing on one leg — and the sweet encounter was all captured in a series of videos by Daily Mail reporter Rebecca English.

“You wobbled!” teased one dancer.

Talking to the children afterward, Harry said, “Come in, I don’t bite!” He asked Arya Twydell, 5, how long she had been doing ballet. Her answer should have been “two years,” but he was left in hysterics after she shouted, “100 years!”

He then told the group that they all deserved “gold stars” – “except you,” he teased Emanuel, who was looking the other way.

“Well done, you were fantastic,” he added.

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During his visit, Harry learned about how the YMCA is supporting young people in the area and took part a roundtable discussion convened by The Royal Foundation’s “Heads Together” campaign — the mental health initiative spearheaded by the royals.

They discussed the personal and social issues that are often the underlying cause for some of the mental wellbeing challenges that young people face.

After participating in the ballet class, Harry stopped to say hello to little Naz and mom Maria Ahmad, who were also watching.

The soon-to-be father crouched down to chat with the mother-daughter duo — and it wasn’t long before the infant flashed a big smile at the royal. Harry reacted by making some silly faces, including sticking his tongue out.

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“Sleeping?” he asked Ahmad, who replied, “Sometimes.”

After giving the baby a little tickle on the belly, Harry added, “I love that face.”

“I think he has babies on his mind,” Ahmad said afterwards.

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Meghan and Harry are expecting their first child later this month. While the Duchess of Sussex has kept up a busy schedule throughout her pregnancy, she has no new public duties on her calendar as she prepares not only for their baby’s arrival, but for the couple’s move into their new cottage in Windsor.

Meghan’s last public outing was on March 19 when she and Harry made a surprise outing to New Zealand House in London honor the victims of the recent terrorist attacks.