Prince Harry mimes baby bump as he receives eco-friendly gifts from schoolchildren for soon-to-be newest royal

The Duke of Sussex joins schoolchildren as they take part in a tree planting project in west London. Credit: PA

Prince Harry mimed his pregnant wife's baby bump to a group of children as he helped plant trees during a visit to a school.

Pupils at St Vincent's Catholic primary school in Acton, west London, joked with the Duke of Sussex, as he and Meghan prepare for the arrival of their first child in around six weeks.

The royal visitor was seen laughing as he met the school dog Winnie, while the children gave him gifts, including an eco-friendly yellow raincoat and wellington boots for the soon-to-be royal baby.

Headteacher Monica McCarthy, deputy head Sean Buyers and The Woodlands Trust chief executive Beccy Speight greeted the prince during the visit to highlight the importance of environmental sustainability.

The school's "eco ambassadors", Momo Invanca, five, Luke Byers, six, and Mary Jane Bres, 11, gifted the prince a posy.

The duke was also treated to a rendition of Seasons Of Love from the musical Rent by the pupils.

Theodora Ivanovo, 50, who maintains the outdoor spaces of the forest school, said the idea for the eco-garden came from Scandinavian outdoor education.

She said: “We want to make the area a mini-urban forest for the benefit of the children, because we can’t make a big one in the centre of London.

“It contributes to making our town greener and part of the project of our mayor to turn London into a nature park.

"It’s also to fight global warming and let the children be a part of the movement which is now so inspiring for young people around the globe."

The duke planted a cherry tree, helped by one of the pupils, as part of a project that will see 60 trees planted in the garden.

He also unveiled a commemorative plaque as part of the The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy scheme.

The scheme, run by The Woodland Trust, has provided 74,000 trees across the UK since 2015, as well as 8.4 million hectares of forests in 43 countries.

Harry spent time chatting with pupils from the school during the visit. Credit: PA

Beccy Speight, chief executive of The Woodland Trust, said: “We are extremely proud to be associated with this wonderful initiative and thrilled His Royal Highness could join us this morning to plant a tree to commemorate our support of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

“We are thrilled that so many schools like St Vincent’s are planting, whilst teaching and educating children about the benefits trees bring.”

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