The Sussex Royal Instagram Account Just Posted the Most Adorable Pic of Prince Harry with a Baby

Even before baby Archie’s arrival, there were some pretty obvious signs that Prince Harry would make a wonderful father. He soothed a crying baby in Birmingham, England, this past March. He told the audience at a Commonwealth young leaders event that he’s focused on sustainability for the next generation’s sake (i.e., his son). He even got so excited while announcing Archie’s birth that he thanked some nearby horses.

But a new post on the Sussex Royal Instagram account shows that his natural gift as a dad was first spotted many years ago.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a slideshow of pics today, illustrating the 34-year-old duke’s ties to Nepal. There’s a photo of him as a child with a Nepali Gurkha, there are several snaps from his 2016 visit to meet with Nepal’s prime minister KP Sharma Oli and there’s a really, really cute picture of him cuddling a chubby-cheeked baby.

Yep, if you scroll four photos in, you’ll see a 31-year-old Harry cooing at a baby and poking its cheeks. Now we understand why he’s already taken to fatherhood so easily.

The slideshow caption explained that Prince Harry held audience with Prime Minister Oli on behalf of Queen Elizabeth today, hence the Nepal-themed slideshow. This marked the first time that a Nepali prime minister has visited the UK in 19 years.

The caption went on to explain that “the Duke of Sussex has had a longstanding connection to The Gurkhas and the people of Nepal beginning at a very young age.” He had long hoped to visit the county and was thrilled when he first traveled there in March 2016, a time when Nepal was recovering from a major earthquake.

“Despite this tragedy, The Duke was moved by the remarkable spirit, resilience and warmth of the Nepalese, as seen in the photos from his visit,” the Sussexes caption read.

While in Nepal, Prince Harry hiked through a National Park, celebrated the Hindu Festival of Color and stayed with a local family in Leorani village. He also met with the Gurkhas, a unit of British soldiers recruited from Nepal. At the end of his visit, he joined volunteers to rebuild a remote village destroyed by the earthquake. As the caption described, “The Duke helped with the rebuild of the local school, giving children a safe space to go to school and study before the monsoon season arrived.”

No wonder he’s a natural.


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