Prince William struggled to stay awake during a service at Westminster Abbey — and it suggests his new baby is keeping him up

  • Prince William appeared to be struggling to stay awake during a service at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday.
  • He was back to royal duties just two days after his third child — a baby boy — was born.
  • Despite his sleepy appearance, he reportedly managed to joke with attendees about the heavily anticipated announcement of the new royal's name.


The Duke of Cambridge appeared to be struggling to stay awake during a service at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday, just two days after his third child was born — and it suggests the new royal might be keeping him up.

His wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a baby boy weighing 8lbs, 7oz at 11.01 a.m. on Monday April 23 at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London.

Two days later Prince William attended an Anzac Day service to honour New Zealand and Australia's war dead at Westminster Abbey along with his brother Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

But he looked pretty sleepy during the service.

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His brow was furrowed at times, and he appeared to be battling against heavy eyelids.

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At some points he even looked like he was stifling a yawn.

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Despite his tired appearance, Prince William confirmed that Kate and the baby are "very well thanks," according to the Daily Mail. He added that they are "in good form, luckily. Sleeping's going reasonably well so far, so he's behaving himself which is good news."

He even managed to joke about the anticipation building around the announcement of the baby's name.

When Alexander Downer, Australia’s High Commissioner to the UK, suggested his own name for the young prince, William replied: "Funny you should say that. It's a good name," according to The Telegraph.

Meanwhile Sir Jerry Mateparae, New Zealand High Commissioner to the UK, reportedly said to the Duke: "Jerry would like it to be Jerry."

"It's a strong name, I have to say," the Prince replied.

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Prince William, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Westminster Abbey, April 2018
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The Duke of Cambridge, (left) greets Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as they arrive for the annual Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, London, to commemorate Anzac Day. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge greets Meghan Markle as they attend an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Meghan Markle attend an Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England. Anzac Day commemorates Australian and New Zealand casualties and veterans of conflicts and marks the anniversary of the landings in the Dardanelles on April 25, 1915 that would signal the start of the Gallipoli Campaign during the First World War. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge greets Meghan Markle as they attend an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
The Duke of Cambridge (left) greets Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as they arrive for the annual Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, London, to commemorate Anzac Day. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Meghan Markle attend an Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England. Anzac Day commemorates Australian and New Zealand casualties and veterans of conflicts and marks the anniversary of the landings in the Dardanelles on April 25, 1915 that would signal the start of the Gallipoli Campaign during the First World War. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England.(Photo by Steve Back/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England.(Photo by Steve Back/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England.(Photo by Steve Back/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle attend a Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration on ANZAC Day at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, April 25, 2018. Eddie Mulholland/Pool via Reuters
Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle leaves an ANZAC day service at Westminster Abbey in London, April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle lay a wreath at the Australian War Memorial during the Dawn Service at Wellington Arch to commemorate Anzac Day in London, Britain, April 25, 2018. Tolga Akmen/Pool via Reuters
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry (L) and his US fiancee Meghan Markle attend a service of commemoration and thanksgiving to mark Anzac Day in Westminster Abbey in London on April 25, 2018. - Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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