The Duke of Sussex has been patron of WellChild for 15 years

Prince Harry to return to the UK next month for WellChild Awards

The WellChild Awards, a charity event close to the Duke of Sussex’s heart, will bring him back to London the following month. As official media partners for the touching event, HELLO! online will stream the ceremony.

On September 7, Prince Harry, 38, who serves as the national charity for seriously ill children and their families’ patron, will attend the illustrious awards ceremony.

Prior to the Awards, the father of two stated: “For more than 40 years, WellChild has transformed the lives of kids and teenagers all over the UK by providing vital care that puts the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of these people and their families first.


Harry and Meghan at the 2019 WellChild Awards
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“These young people’s courage and strength, as well as the never-ending devotion of those who support them, never cease to inspire me. I feel honored to join in the celebration of their outstanding work at the awards ceremony this year.

The Duke will spend time with each winner and their families at a pre-ceremony reception, listening to their stories and helping to create lifelong memories. The Duke has attended the WellChild Awards on 11 previous occasions.

Harry will then show up at the ceremony, give a speech, and present the Award for Inspirational Child (aged 4 to 6).

“The number of children and young people in the UK living with long-term, complex medical needs is growing,” said WellChild Chief Executive Matt James. The WellChild Awards 2023, presented in partnership with GSK, will be a special chance to highlight the enormous challenges they face and to honor their inspiring spirit and resilience.

It will also give us a chance to acknowledge the selfless dedication of those who are close to them, from parents and siblings to professionals who have gone above and beyond to ensure their success.


Harry became the first royal patron of WellChild in 2007
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Last year’s WellChild Awards ceremony was scheduled to take place on September 8; however, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex canceled their attendance so that Harry could visit Scotland due to growing health concerns for his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Harry kept his promise and made an emotional video call to the winners and their families from his Montecito home, despite not being able to personally meet last year’s winners.

Harry was visibly moved in a video shared exclusively with HELLO! in October when it was said that his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, would have been so proud of him.

Harry said, in a conversation with some of the WellChild-recognized medical professionals present on the call, “Knowing what these families go through, every single day, just kicks any issues that I or any of us have, right to the sidelines, because they are struggling every single day. Praise the Lord that WellChild is there to help them and provide for all their needs.


Evelyn Rodger, a Diana Children’s Nurse with Children’s Hospices Across Scotland, explained to him how her position had been supported by “money from your mom’s memorial fund,” adding, “I think your mom would be very proud of what that money has accomplished.” He was visibly moved once more. Additionally, Harry, I believe your mother would be extremely proud of you.

He responded, obviously moved, “That’s very sweet, thank you.

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