The prince narrowly missed the princess's birth after returning to Australia to finish his secondment

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated May 02, 2015 11:00 AM
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Prince Harry may be miles away from London, but he was still one of the first to learn of his new niece’s arrival.

Harry’s brother Prince William and sister-in-law Princess Kate welcomed their second child, a baby girl, on 8:34 a.m. BST on Sunday morning. Harry, 30, is currently on secondment to the Australian Army, however, and was in Perth, Australia, at the time of the birth.

“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry & members of both families have been informed,” Kensington Palace tweeted at 5:10 a.m. EST from the official account on Sunday morning.

On Saturday, Harry was seen watching an Australian Football League match in Perth, which is 7 hours ahead of London. Casually dressed, he watches the West Coast Eagles face off against the Greater Western Sydney Giants.

It is likely Harry won’t meet the princess until he returns to Britain in late May. The army captain was in London briefly last weekend to hand out medals at the London Marathon, but returned to Australia last Monday.

Harry’s month-long stay continues through May, and then he will carry out a tour of New Zealand for his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. Before his short return to London, the prince visited Turkey with his father Prince Charles, 66, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign during World War I.

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