Harry heads to The Hague for Invictus Games event just 24 hours after introducing Archie to the world

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Archie Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Proud new dad Prince Harry will be heading off to the Netherlands later on Thursday, just three days after the birth of his son Archie.

The Duke of Sussex will visit The Hague to launch the one-year countdown to the Invictus Games 2020, 24 hours after introducing Archie to the world alongside Meghan in an eagerly anticipated photocall.

Leading parenting expert Suzie Hayman said Harry is likely to find leaving his baby son so soon after his birth “agonising”, and said he would feel a “pang” to be leaving his wife and child.

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Harry's passion for the Invictus Games is well known. As a former serviceman himself, Harry has been the driving force behind the Games which are for wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women.

He has overseen four iterations so far - the most recent in Australia last year - and the next is planned for 2020 in Holland.

He cut short his trip to the Hague earlier this week as the arrival of his and Meghan's first child loomed.

But as he leaves them behind, Meghan is likely to still have the company of her mother Doria Ragland at their Frogmore Cottage home.

Harry and Meghan announced they had called their baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor after the duchess movingly described her son and husband as “the two best guys in the world”.

The couple broke with royal convention by not using a title for their baby boy, and have given their son a name familiar to fans of the American Archie comic – featuring a main character who has red hair just like the duke.

The new parents were pictured showing off baby Archie to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, alongside Ms Ragland, at Windsor Castle.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are joined by her mother, Doria Ragland, as they show their new son to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle Credit: Chris Allerton/SussexRoyal

Harry and Meghan’s first born, who is seventh in line to the throne, made his debut with his mother and father at the castle on Wednesday.

The duchess described her son as having the “sweetest temperament”, while a delighted duke called him “our own little bundle of joy”.

Meghan added: “It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.”

The couple’s son arrived on Monday at 5.26am, weighing 7lb 3oz and his father said, when announcing the birth, the baby’s late arrival had given them longer to decide on a name.