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Prince Harry says he cannot imagine life without his son Archie - despite the sleepless nights

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Prince Harry said he is having sleepless nights since the arrival of baby Archie but cannot imagine life without him.

The Duke of Sussex chatted about fatherhood during a series of engagements in Oxford, including a visit to the city’s children’s hospital.

Christine George, 52, whose son James, 17, is having chemotherapy, said: “He said he had all this organised, but had a sleepless night last night - not the ideal preparation for his first day at work.”

Harry visited the city on Tuesday on his first full day of work in the UK since the birth of his and Meghan's son last Monday. He had visited Amsterdam last week.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex receives a gift from former patient Daisy Wingrove (Getty Images) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex receives a gift from former patient Daisy Wingrove (Getty Images)

As he arrived at the hospital, the duke was presented with a tiny teddy bear for Archie by former patient Daisy Wingrove, 13.

Harry let out a big sigh and said “Ahhh” as a nearby crowd of well-wishers made the same sound in sympathy.

Later the duke met parents whose children have been treated for cancer on the hospital’s Kamran Jabble ward, named after a former patient.

He chatted to mother-of-two Ida Scullard from Aylesbury whose three-year-old son Emmett is in remission after being diagnosed with testicular cancer when he was two.

She was holding her 10 week old daughter Ida and immediately struck up a conversation about Harry’s newborn son.

a group of people looking at each other: Harry at Oxford's Children's Hospital (AFP/Getty Images) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Harry at Oxford's Children's Hospital (AFP/Getty Images)

Ms Scullard said: “Harry asked me if she was over the stormy period as babies are supposed be grumpy for the first 10 weeks - and she is.

“He said he’s getting used to the baby and how Archie has fitted into family life.

a young boy sitting at a table with a birthday cake: Prince Harry talks with patients (AP) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Prince Harry talks with patients (AP)

“He said he just feels part of the family and he can’t imagine life without his son.”

The hospital visit saw the duke, 34, on playful form. On hearing that James George liked to play table tennis, the duke suggested he set up a table in the ward - only to be told he could not because he had a line attached to him for his chemotherapy.

In pictures: Prince Harry with kids

“I joked that Prince Harry said it would be OK,” said Ms George, a piano teacher from Tring, Herts.

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