New father Prince Harry was in Rome for the Sentebale Cup only weeks after welcoming his first child with Meghan Markle.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed Archie Harrison on May 6.
While in Rome for the annual polo match that supports youth affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana, Harry seemed like a changed man according to some close to him.
Chairman of Sentebale, Johnny Hornby told People, “You can tell what an incredible affinity he has for children.” He continued, “He is a magnet for children. I didn’t think he could have appreciated children more than he did before, but I have seen a whole new involvement with them now that he is a father.”
Hornby also revealed that Nacho Figueras, also known as the “David Beckham of Polo”, met Archie last week. He “said that the Duke couldn’t take his eyes off of him—nor his hands. The two of them are just in a state of sheer delight over this birth.”
Figueras has been a longtime friend of Prince Harry and added on, “The Duke is the kind of father I always imagined he would be. He has always had a great love for children and a great understanding of them. I noticed that becoming a father has influenced him and his dedication and love for the project is now stronger than ever.”
The day before the cup, Figueras was also out defending the Duke after some reporters suggested it wasn’t appropriate for Harry to be away from his newborn son. “I am a father of four and sometimes duty calls, this is 24 hours away from the house, I think he’s doing just fine,” he said. “He’s a wonderful father and very present and he’s here for an amazing cause so I don’t see that as a problem.”
On a lighter note, he added, “[Harry is] doing great. Sleeping, you should ask him, but I think he’s doing great. I just saw him, he’s ready for the game and had a good night’s sleep, so we’re excited about being able to do a great job today for Sentebale, which is why we’re here.”