Prince Harry chokes up while talking about becoming a father — and reveals that Archie is a redhead

While Prince Harry has attended the WellChild awards — which honors children dealing with serious illnesses, as well as their caretakers — since 2007, the Duke of Sussex choked back tears as he explained how the event means even more to him now that he is a father.

Prince Harry has long shown his support for WellChild, and frequently meets with many of the sick children and their caretakers, nurses, researchers and volunteers. Every year at the annual WellChild awards, he has taken time to meet each winner and listen to their stories. When his wife, Meghan Markle, gave birth to their first child, Archie, WellChild was one of the four charities the couple asked the public to donate to instead of sending gifts to the family.

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Britain's Prince Harry reacts as he delivers a speech during the WellChild Awards Ceremony reception in London, Britain, October 15, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (3R), and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (back row C) pose for a group photograph with award winners and presenters during the annual WellChild Awards in London on October 15, 2019. - WellChild is the national charity for seriously ill children and their families. The WellChild Awards celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the country's seriously ill young people and the dedication of those who care for and support them. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (R), Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the annual WellChild Awards in London on October 15, 2019. - WellChild is the national charity for seriously ill children and their families. The WellChild Awards celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the country's seriously ill young people and the dedication of those who care for and support them. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (L), Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react as they arrive to attend the annual WellChild Awards in London on October 15, 2019. - WellChild is the national charity for seriously ill children and their families. The WellChild Awards celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the country's seriously ill young people and the dedication of those who care for and support them. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (2L), Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C) react as they arrive to attend the annual WellChild Awards in London on October 15, 2019. - WellChild is the national charity for seriously ill children and their families. The WellChild Awards celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the country's seriously ill young people and the dedication of those who care for and support them. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the annual WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (R), Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react as they arrive to attend the annual WellChild Awards in London on October 15, 2019. - WellChild is the national charity for seriously ill children and their families. The WellChild Awards celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the country's seriously ill young people and the dedication of those who care for and support them. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the annual WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex view a gift for their son Archie as they attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex look at a balloon during the WellChild Awards pre-Ceremony reception at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet with Milly Sutherland and her mother Angela as they attend the WellChild awards pre-Ceremony reception at Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the annual WellChild Awards in London on October 15, 2019. - WellChild is the national charity for seriously ill children and their families. The WellChild Awards celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the country's seriously ill young people and the dedication of those who care for and support them. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex talk with Milly Sutherland and her mother Angela as they attend the annual WellChild Awards in London on October 15, 2019. - WellChild is the national charity for seriously ill children and their families. The WellChild Awards celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the country's seriously ill young people and the dedication of those who care for and support them. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react as they talk with award winner Rhys Bonnell and his mother Rowena during the annual WellChild Awards in London on October 15, 2019. - WellChild is the national charity for seriously ill children and their families. The WellChild Awards celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the country's seriously ill young people and the dedication of those who care for and support them. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex look at t-shirt designed by William Magee and mother Kelly during the annual WellChild Awards in London on October 15, 2019. - WellChild is the national charity for seriously ill children and their families. The WellChild Awards celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the country's seriously ill young people and the dedication of those who care for and support them. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react as they are given bracelets by Lyla-Rose O'Donovan and her father Paul as they attend the WellChild awards pre-Ceremony reception at Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the annual WellChild Awards in London on October 15, 2019. - WellChild is the national charity for seriously ill children and their families. The WellChild Awards celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the country's seriously ill young people and the dedication of those who care for and support them. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry reacts next to television presenter Gaby Roslin as he delivers a speech during the WellChild Awards Ceremony reception in London, Britain, October 15, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
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On Tuesday, Harry struggled to fight back his tears and took a moment to regain his composure, as he told the crowd that since becoming a father, the stories of the award winners have touched him in a completely different way.

"It has been over a decade since I first came to these awards and every year, they never fail to surprise and inspire me. Yet this year, it resonates in a different way, because now I'm a father. Last year, when my wife and I attended, we knew we were expecting our first child — no one else did at the time, but we did," Harry said, his voice breaking as he choked up with tears.

After the host, Gaby Roslin, stepped in to pat him on the back and the crowd encouraged him on with applauds, he continued.

"I remember squeezing Meghan's hand so tight during the awards, both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day, and more so, what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time," Prince Harry said. "And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you, it pulls at my heartstrings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own."

The poignant speech from the father of five-month-old Archie has touched many on social media.

Meghan, who attended the awards for the first time last year, met with this year's winners alongside her husband. Among them was 11-year-old Milly Sutherland, who was awarded "Most Caring Young Person" for caring for her late sister, Sophie, who had Aicardi syndrome. The royal couple joked with Milly and her mother, Angela, and at one point, Milly pulled a strand of her red hair, telling the Duke, "Snap."

According to Hello! magazine, Harry joked about his own thinning hair, asking, "Can I borrow some?"

The mother and daughter asked if Archie took after his father and would be growing some red locks of his own.

"Meghan said he has and Harry said he definitely is — you can see it in his eyebrows," Angela said, according to People. "Harry said he'd had no hair for five months, but Meghan told him she had taken him to the playgroup and she said there were other children there with the same amount of hair or even less."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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