Prince Harry Just Majorly Practiced His Dad Skills on a Solo Royal Engagement
The 34-year-old Duke of Sussex attended the Barking and Dagenham Future Youth Zone in Dagenham, England, sans Meghan Markle yesterday. Since his pregnant wife was noticeably absent, Prince Harry took the opportunity to practice his dad skills in the wild. And what better place to do that than the Future Youth Zone, which provides after-school and skill-building programs for 8- to 19-year-olds?
Prince Harry kicked things off by proving he’s not going to be a regular dad; he’ll be a cool dad.
Meeting the young people that use this @OnSideYZ and the activities on offer, which include a rock climbing wall and team sports.? The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 11, 2019
This is the first of three @OnSideYZ facilities which are opening across London this year. pic.twitter.com/gCHOSFsl1W
The Royal Family Twitter account shared a series of photos taken during the engagement and captioned it, “Meeting the young people that will use this @ONSideYZ and the other activities on offer, which include a rock climbing wall and team sports.”
The Duke of Sussex showed his radical side and chatted with young people in front of a neon rock-climbing wall. Then, he got to know some BMX aficionados. He also smiled jubilantly when some of the program attendees welcomed him with handmade crafts projects meant to show the children’s appreciation for Prince Harry.
Then, the duke got up close and personal with some local teens and brought it in close for a group pic.
A truly memorable day we will all cherish forever! Thank you so much HRH The Duke of Sussex for visiting @futureyz. Our young people have absolutely loved every minute! #OnSideRoyalVisit #ChangingLives @RoyalFamily pic.twitter.com/JST2YbowfE? OnSide Youth Zones (@OnSideYZ) April 11, 2019
The prince even played a quick (and apparently spirited) game of rugby.
A once avid boxer, Prince Harry also hobnobbed with fellow enthusiasts and posed for a chummy pic.
The Duke of Sussex meets young people taking part in Boxing club at @OnSideYZ in Barking and Dagenham. ??? The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 11, 2019
As well as activities, young people have access to qualified youth workers offering support and advice on issues like mental health and employment. pic.twitter.com/HleRz5ILfU
He definitely has the whole socializing with young people thing down, which will come in handy once Baby Sussex starts school. Until then, he might want to practice his baby burrito-ing skills.