Harry ‘will make terrific father and have a sense of fun in new role’

The Duke of Sussex will be a “terrific” father and bring a sense of fun to his new role, the chief executive of the Invictus Games has said.

Dominic Reid said everyone involved in the games, created by Harry for wounded and sick service personnel, is delighted to hear of the baby boy’s birth.

He said Harry’s natural and relaxed style will likely come into play as he embarks on the adventure of fatherhood.

Mr Reid told the BBC: “I think he will be terrific, he’s got an incredible way with people, entirely natural, unforced, whether that’s with the military guys whether it’s the wounded.

“I mean everybody I’ve seen him come into contact with he’s very relaxed, very natural, very charming and he’s got a great sense of fun too. I think he’s going to be a terrific father.”

Mr Reid, who was with Harry and his wife Meghan when they appeared together for the first time at the Invictus Games in Toronto in 2017, said it was clear then that the couple are “extremely happy together”.

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The Duke of Sussex congratulating the United States Wheelchair Basketball team after winning Gold in the finals of the Invictus Games in Sydney (Chris Jackson/PA)

He said: “It’s great to see this new, young family. It’s great to have been with them on at least part of that journey and I think everybody involved in the Invictus will be supporting them all the way.”

Harry has an official visit to The Hague scheduled for Thursday when he is due to launch the one-year countdown to the Invictus Games 2020 and Mr Reid said he is “sure there’ll be something” there to mark the birth.

He said: “I’m sure there’ll be a huge public outpouring of affection which is great and it’ll be a very happy occasion I’m sure.”

Harry has supported the rehabilitation of wounded veterans and serving personnel in creating the Invictus Games, an international Paralympic style sporting championship for those who have served.

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