London: Prince Harry has paid tribute to the families of children with severe health needs for persevering under the coronavirus lockdown, drawing on his own experiences of parenthood.

Harry is a patron of WellChild, a British charity supporting children suffering from serious illnesses, and spoke to parents and nurses via a video call.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, pictured, have moved to Los Angeles.Credit:Getty Images

The couple's plans shocked Queen Elizabeth and the other Windsors but a deal brokered by the 93-year-old monarch saw them go their own way from April.

Harry alluded to having more time to spend with his family in California, which has also seen restrictions imposed.

He said that one positive of the lockdown might be having time to spend with the family – "so much family that you almost think, do I feel guilty for having so much family time?" – and added that it was important to appreciate positive moments when harder times inevitably lay ahead.

"You've got to celebrate those moments where you're just on the floor, rolling around in hysterics because of something that's happened, and inevitably, half an hour later, maybe a day later, there's going to be something that you have to deal with, and there's no way that you can run away from it," he said.

"As long as you guys are looking after yourselves and looking after each other, that is the best that you can do."

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