The Duchess arrived for tonight’s WellChild Awards wearing a very familiar dress by P.A.R.O.S.H.
WellChild is a national charity supporting seriously ill children and those who care for them. The Duke has been WellChild’s patron for more than 10 years. The Wellchild 2019 Winners were announced in a post on Instagram —
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We are very proud and excited to introduce the 2019 WellChild Award winners! The #WellChildAwards, in association with @gsk, celebrate inspirational children and young people, along with dedicated professionals. Read about the winners at wellchild.org.uk/awards #WellChildAwards #awards #inspiration #inspirational #inspirationawards #WellChild #charity #nurseaward #doctoraward #youngcarer #youngcarers #youngcareraward #inspirationalchild #bravechild
Before the awards ceremony Meghan and Harry met award winners and their families. Below, they are seen with six year old Dexter, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2018. He has become known at the hospital for arriving dressed as a superhero. Throughout Dexter’s treatment he has never complained and he hopes to help others by sharing his journey.
Here the couple meets Lyla, 6, who always has a smile on her face and a kind word to say despite her ongoing condition. She and her sister have created a Facebook page, Lyla and Lilley’s Stars, which gives certificates to celebrate other children coping bravely with illness and treatment.
Below, Harry with Dexter and Lyla as they receive their awards.
William, 16, shown below, alongside his mother, chats with Harry and Meghan. Receiving the award for Most Caring Young Person, William helps care for his younger brother, James, who has complex medical needs. In addition to caring for his brother, William has also raised money for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital and campaigned with Genetic Alliance, all while working to overcome his own special needs.
Milly Sutherland, 11, winner of the Most Caring Young Person award, cared for her sister Sophie, who sadly passed away in 2018 from Aicardi Syndrome. Below, Milly, pictured after receiving her award tonight.
Meghan revealed to Milly and her mother, Angela, that Archie had attended his first playgroup today in Windsor and that he has red hair.
More from Hello!’s story by Emily Nash —
The mum and daughter, from Liverpool, asked the couple whether Archie has red hair. Angela said: “Meghan said he has and Harry said he definitely is, you can see it in his eyebrows. “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.””
When The Duke and Duchess met William, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a terminal muscle wasting condition, and his mother, they received a special gift from the 10 year old.
William, who wishes to become a businessman, has created a t-shirt with the logo ‘Anyone can be a hero’ with a stick man named ‘Anyone’. He presented the couple with a special onesie for Archie (seen below) with his logo imprinted on it.
William has since designed two more t-shirts in the hopes to spread inspirational messages to others.
Below, Meghan, William and Harry pictured after the ceremony.
The couple also met with caretakers who received awards this evening. Below, the Duke and Duchess with Dr Sarah Coy, from Scotland. (We’re thinking that is Dr. Coy’s husband in the photo – he was not identified). Dr. Coy visit with patients in their homes to avoid trips to the hospital.
Here, Harry and Meghan meet nurse, Kim Philpotts and her son Fraser. Kim received the nurse award for set up a support centre for families raising a child with disabilities. She now has over 500 families who are a part of the support group.
Fraser was quite intrigued by all of the balloon creations throughout the room. More from Omid Scobie —
Young Fraser was so taken by the balloon designs in the room that Harry told him to pick one out to keep (with the quick help of Sara Latham). Fraser’s mom Kim Philpotts won @WellChild’s nurse award for setting up a support centre for families raising a child with disabilities. pic.twitter.com/dAIYZEsHct
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) October 15, 2019
Prince Harry became overwhelmed by emotion while delivering remarks at the event —
“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 – and 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. And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you, pulls at my heart strings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own.”
More from Harry’s speech in this video clip captured by Emily Nash below —
WATCH: Harry is overcome by emotion during his speech at the @WellChild Awards. “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 – and I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tight during the awards… pic.twitter.com/tXRtxZRZ7k
— Emily Nash (@emynash) October 15, 2019
This evening’s ceremony is hosted by British television presenter and radio personality, Gaby Roslin and British presenter, Radzi Chinyanganya, as seen in Gaby’s Instagram post below —
Guests and winners wore wristbands tonight designed by some of the children and young people that WellChild support.
Now to what the Duchess wore for this evening’s awards.
Meghan brought back her P.A.R.O.S.H. dress last worn for the couple’s engagement interview with the BBC in November 2017 (below).
She wore her Sentaler long wide collar wrap coat, renamed ‘The Meghan” by the label, in camel, $1495. Meghan first wore the coat for Christmas in Sandringham, 2017.
We saw the Duchess carry a new bag tonight by London based Montunas. It is the label’s Guaria mini tortoise shell box bag with orchid-print silk handle, $435.
Meghan wore her Manolo Blahnik BB 105 suede pumps in the cognac color, $665.
UPDATE 16 Oct: We have an update on Meghan’s earrings. They are a new style by Emily Mortimer – the Hera 14ct gold and diamond studs, £595 ($759 at today’s exch. rate).
UPDATE 16 Oct: She also wore two new bracelets which we have yet to identify. The one appears to be a bangle style with hexagon shapes on either end while the other is a chain with an “id” plate or charm.
More to come on these two new items.
In other news today, it was announced that the Duke and Duchess have appointed British television presenter and trusted friend, Kirsty Young as a trustee for the Sussex Royal Foundation.
Ms. Young, a respected journalist, is the president of the global children’s charity Unicef U.K. She covered the couple’s wedding last year in May for the BBC while her husband, Nick Jones was a guest at the event. Mr. Jones is founder of the private members club Soho House where the royal couple met.
“I can confirm that Kirsty Young will be joining Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor, Steven Cooper and Karen Blackett OBE as a trustee of Sussex Royal. She has therefore been added to the filing of the CLG.”
He added that Sussex Royal is formally due to launch in 2020, and “we are looking forward to sharing more details in the coming months.”
Kirsty joins fellow Sussex Royal trustees philanthropist Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor, former Barclays businessman Steven Cooper, and media executive Karen Blackett.
Also today, the trailer for the Duke and Duchess’ documentary entitled Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, was released. It will air in the UK this Sunday night, 20 October on iTV at 9pm.
UPDATE 17 Oct: Harry & Meghan: An African Journey will also air in the US, 23 October on ABC at 10pm and hosted by Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts.
The piece covers the royal couple’s recent 10-day tour of Africa, including Archie and shows the Duke and Duchess speaking exclusively to iTV’s Tom Bradby about the causes and issues they care most about. It will also highlight “their fresh and personal approach to being modern royals,” ITV says. Read more about it here from Image.
Finally, one of Meghan’s beloved shoe designers brought back a favorite!
Birdies – The Blackbird in calf hair are BACK! Grab a pair now! ($140). Read more about these amazing shoes in our product review section here.
- Visit the WellChild website here (and read about all of the winners here); the organization’s Facebook page is here (with great video profiles of the winners); its Twitter feed is here
- If interested in donating to WellChild visit wellchild.org.uk/donate
- Click here to see the full video of the Duke’s speech this evening
- Town & Country‘s gallery is here; Harper Bazaar’s piece is here.