Uncle in training? Prince Harry tries diaper-changing at charity event

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Prince Harry inadvertently may have learned some skills that will help him when he becomes an uncle this summer. He did some diaper-changing on a doll as part of a group of brain exercises at the opening of the new headquarters of a U.K.-based charity that assists brain injury survivors.

Prince Harry may not be an uncle just yet, but by happenstance he got some diaper-changing practice that could come in handy in just a few months in case his brother, Prince William, and sister-in-law, Duchess Kate, need help.

On Thursday, Harry was photographed tentatively attempting a one-handed diaper change on a doll during an appearance at a UK-based charity, part of a brain-injury exercise. He was attending the opening of the new headquarters of Headway, a brain-injury charity in Nottingham, England, that his mother, the late Princess Diana, supported.

Harry attempted to change a diaper with his left hand while holding a weight in his right hand, and also participated in other brain injury exercises. They were part of an interactive workshop to provide him with insight into the difficulties faced by those with brain injuries and to illustrate how Headway helps them with their rehabilitation.

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Prince Harry holds a weight in one hand and tries to change a diaper with the other as part of a workshop that simulated the difficulties faced by brain injury survivors and the type of rehabilitation work done by the Headway charity.

After being greeted by hundreds of schoolchildren, he also met with a former Royal Marine who suffered a brain injury in Afghanistan in 2006 and has been helped by Headway. Harry’s support follows in the footsteps of his mother, who was a royal patron of the charity.

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Harry underwent multiple brain exercises in his appearance at Headway, a charity that his mother, the late Diana, supported as a royal patron.

"Princess Diana's support of the charity greatly enhanced its profile and made more people aware not only of brain injury and its effects, but also of the help that was available,” Headway chairman Andrew Green told the BBC News.