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  • Prince Harry talked to winners of this year's WellChild Awards in a video call released Monday
  • The Duke of Sussex apologized for not being able to present one child with his award in person
  • Prince Harry shared that his son Archie is "very busy" and his daughter Lilibet is "learning to use her voice"

Prince Harry has shared an update on his and wife Meghan Markle's two children, and it sounds like their little ones have a busy schedule.

The Duke of Sussex, 38, talked about his 3-year-old son Archie and 1-year-old daughter Lilibet while chatting with winners of this year's WellChild Awards in a video call released via YouTube Monday. Prince Harry and Markle were unable to attend the ceremony for the U.K. charity, which works to support seriously ill children, on Sept. 8 following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Prince Harry, who has been a patron of WellChild since 2007, first spoke with 4-year-old Henry Waines and his parents, Shevonne and Ben, telling the boy that they share the same first name.

"My name is Henry as well, but everyone calls me Harry. Don't ask, I have no idea why," the royal, whose given name is Henry Charles Albert David, said on the call from his home in Montecito, California.

Shevonne then shared that the prince was the inspiration for their son's name, which caused Prince Harry to cover his face with his hands. "Don't tell me that!" he joked.

Little Henry also showed off his Inspirational Child Award for ages 4 to 6, which he received during the WellChild Awards ceremony in Manchester, England, last month.

Prince Harry shared that he was supposed to give Henry the award and apologized that he wasn't able to be there.

"That is a very, very cool award. You know, I was supposed to be the one giving it to you, and I was sadly not able to be there. I'm sorry we didn't get to meet, Henry," the royal said, to which Henry replied, "That's alright."

The boy's response reminded Prince Harry of his 3-year-old son. "You sound just like my son Archie, with that little squeaky voice. I love it," the Duke of Sussex said.

Later in the conversation, Henry asked him how Archie and Lilibet were doing, to which Prince Harry replied, "They're doing great. Archie is very, very busy, and Lili is learning to use her voice, which is great."

During another conversation, Prince Harry met with one of the winners whose service dog, Hope, joined the chat, which led the royal to share another glimpse into his home life with Markle.

"I've got three in this house now, so we basically have five children," Prince Harry said. "I've got a black labrador called Pula, a rescue beagle called Guy and we've got another rescue beagle called Mia. Between the three of them, they drudged around chasing the squirrels every day, but they are also emotional support dogs, when they're behaving."

Prince Harry's sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, also gave a rare update on her and Prince William's youngest son Prince Louis, 4, when she visited the maternity unit of the Royal Surrey County Hospital in England last week.

"I keep thinking Louis is a baby, but he's a big boy now. It just feels like yesterday," Middleton said when she met a baby named Giles Talbot-Erasu.

The new Princess of Wales has focused much of her work in recent years on mothers, babies and early childhood. She launched the Center for Early Childhood in 2011 to accelerate the long-term mission of helping children and families.

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NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Prince Harry waves as he leaves Nottingham's new Central Police Station on October 26, 2016 in Nottingham, England. Joe Giddins - WPA Pool/Getty Images