Prince Harry may get the opportunity to meet his new niece or nephew over the weekend. It has been confirmed that the 30-year-old will briefly return to the UK to attend the London Marathon on Sunday as part of his work as Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust.
During his brief visit to London, Harry will make the presentations to the winners of the elite men's and women's races and the IPC Athletics World Championships incorporating the wheelchair races. He will also meet volunteers involved with the administration of the race along with members of the St. John's Ambulance.
The trip may also give Harry the chance to meet the new royal baby should the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, welcome her second child before the weekend. Kate is expecting her baby any day now, with many punters hoping that Prince George's little brother or sister will share a birthday with the Queen on Tuesday.
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Prince Harry will return to the UK at the weekend
It was previously believed that Harry would not be able to meet the baby Prince or Princess until he or she is a few weeks old, as he is currently on a month long secondment with the Australian army.
The opportunity has arisen as Harry will be travelling to Turkey with Australian Defence Force personnel to attend services commemorating the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign on Saturday.
A statement said: "Prince Harry's attendance at the London Marathon is a long-standing commitment but was dependent on the finalisation of his programme with the Australian Defence Force and confirmation of travel arrangements to and from Turkey."
Prince Harry will present prizes at the London Marathon
The Prince is due to return to Australia on Monday to begin the second phase of his military attachment with the Australian Defence Force.
The announcement coincides with the news that Harry's older brother, Prince William, has completed the first phase of his in-work air ambulance helicopter training with Bond Air Services earlier than expected.
The dad-to-be will remain on unpaid leave until his paternity leave commences, and will not return for his final block of training until 1 June.