"Both of us were thinking about what it would be like to be parents one day."
Prince Harry was overcome with emotion during a speech at an award ceremony on Tuesday as he recounted the feeling of knowing he was going to become a parent.
The Duke of Sussex told the story of how he and his wife, Meghan, attended the WellChild Awards last year knowing they were expecting their first child, but no one else did.
The charity, of which Prince Harry is patron, helps seriously ill children spend time out of hospital and return home to be with their families.
He welled up as he spoke at the ceremony, which celebrates the children, their families and the people who support them.
"And both of us were 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."
He went on to address the crowd of children, their families and carers, telling them that the ceremony "pulls at my heartstrings in a way that I could never have understood until I had a child of my own."
"No parent wants to hear that their child will suffer, that they will face extraordinary challenges that will affect them throughout their lives," Harry continued.
"And yet, after meeting all of the WellChild parents and the kids themselves over the years, you've managed to give all of us a sense of optimism, a sense of hope and strength that no professional, no best-selling book, and no amount of advice can ever give any of us. So thank you for being you."