The Duke of Sussex is only a few weeks away from becoming a father for his first-born child with his wife Meghan.
And Prince Harry, 34, proved his paternal side when he greeted waiting crowds outside & # 39; Future & # 39 ;, the new Youth Zone on Thursday in Barking and Dagenham in East London.
The expectant father was there to open the new youth facility, which was aimed at offering young people more activities, and was playfully seen by the hood of a waiting young fan.
Once inside, he greeted a delightful benefactor, accepted what looked like a baby gift from the younger person before exploring the facilities.
Dressed in a smart gray blazer and a fresh white shirt, Harry cut a handsome figure while talking to the employees in the new room.
The Duke of Sussex, 34, greeted the waiting crowd when he & # 39; Future & # 39; opened the new Youth Zone on Thursday in Barking and Dagenham in East London.
The purpose-built facility for the youth of the municipality was created by the charity OnSide Youth Zones, which develops 21-century youth facilities in the UK.
& # 39; Future & # 39; Youth zone offers a safe environment where young people can enjoy themselves, build up core skills and increase their ambitions and self-confidence to create a happier and healthier generation.
It is the first of three OnSide Youth Zones in London that is expected to open this year.
During his visit, the duke was aware of meeting young people involved in the development of the new Youth Zone, as they participated in a number of activities and workshops with the facilities before unveiling a plaque to mark the visit.
And Prince Harry proved his father's side when he saw him playfully rolling the hood of a waiting young fan.
Once inside, he greeted a delighted good, accepted a gift from the young person before exploring the facilities
Harry also joined Barking and Dagenham (BAD) Youth Forum and Youth Zone members when they shared their perspectives and experiences with crime, amidst a national increase in incidents, and discussed possible solutions.
The forum has already worked with councilors and police to express their concerns about juvenile crime and violence in the area.
Barking and Dagenham Youth Zone, which the local youth have helped, is open 7 days a week for people from 8 to 19 years and up to 25 years for people with extra needs.
The Youth Zone offers sports, music and arts activities and access to qualified youth workers who provide support and advice on issues that affect the community most, such as mental health and employability.
BAD Youth Forum was established in 2001 to offer young people a formal and recognized platform to give their opinion on issues that affect their lives and communities, and a way to have a positive impact on their community.
Today, the forum, consisting of 13 to 19 year olds, elected by peers in schools and youth groups, continues to influence policy makers.
Harry has previously emphasized his belief that every child should be given the opportunity to fulfill their potential, regardless of their background or situation.
The crowds were seen in excitement as Harry took the time to greet them in person during his visit today
Dressed in a smart gray blazer and a fresh white shirt, Harry cut a handsome figure while talking to the employees in the new room
This will be the third time that Harry has visited an OnSide Youth Zone, after having previously visited the Wigan Youth Zone in July 2016 and the Hive Wirral Youth Zone with The Duchess in January 2019.
This visit also promotes the ongoing work that The Duke of Sussex is doing with The Royal Foundation to explore the youth violence solutions that young people want to see for themselves.
His appearance follows the news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will announce the birth of their baby once they have had the opportunity to celebrate as a new family, Kensington Palace announced today.
Harry has previously emphasized his belief that every child should be given the opportunity to fulfill their potential, regardless of their background or situation
Harry joined members of Barking and Dagenham (BAD) Youth Forum and Youth Zone Members because they shared their perspectives and experiences with crime, amid a national increase in incidents, and discussed possible solutions
Meghan is expected to have a midwife at home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, the new house she shares with Prince Harry on the Berkshire estate.
She will follow in the footsteps of the queen, who was born in her grandparents' house in Mayfair and who raised her four children in Buckingham Palace or Clarence House.
A spokesperson for Kensington Palace said: & The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people all over the UK and the rest of the world as they prepare to welcome their baby .
& # 39; Their Royal Highnesses have made a personal decision to keep the plans for the arrival of their baby private.
& # 39; The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had the opportunity to celebrate as a new family. & # 39;
Duke of Sussex meets a benefactor during his official opening of the Barking & Dagenham Future Youth Zone
Harry took part in a number of activities and workshops on the facilities before unveiling a plaque to mark the visit
During his visit, the duke was aware of the meeting of young people involved in the development of the new Youth Zone