It’s been less than a month since Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, but the royal bump watch has already begun. As the world waits for the first sign that the Duchess of Sussex may be pregnant, there is one person even more excited about the prospect of the pitter patter of more little feet around Kensington Palace: the prince himself.
“I’ve longed for kids since I was very, very young,” said Harry shortly after Prince George was born. “I’m waiting to find the right person, someone who’s willing to take on the job.” Now that he has, some people close to the couple are saying that Baby Sussex will arrive within the next sixteen months.
“They both want children right away,” one royal insider told me. “It’s a priority for them.” The prince himself told the BBC during the couple’s joint post-engagement interview, “We will start a family in the near future.” Judging by how happy Harry is around other people’s kids, we know he’s going to make a great dad. Here are 15 reasons why. And for more on the prince, don’t miss the 25 Reasons Why Prince Harry is the Coolest Royal.
He’s going be a great husband
We have never seen Harry look happier and, by all accounts, he is a man who has been transformed by love. At the time of his engagement to Meghan, he told an interviewer, “I know that at the end of the day, she chooses me,” said Harry of his future wife. “I choose her. Whatever we have to tackle will be us together as a team.” Harry and Meghan’s children will be born into a home where the two people in a marriage truly love and respect each other—which is the best thing a parent can give any child. For more on this loving duo, check out 15 Reasons Why Prince Harry is the Most Romantic Royal.
He’ll make fatherhood a priority
Harry does not want to be king—and chances are, he never will be. The prince does, however, have a burning desire to leave his mark on the world. “I want to make something of my life,” he told one royal biographer. “I now feel there is just a smallish window when people are interested in me before [Prince] George and [Princess] Charlotte take over and I’ve got to make the most of it.” He has seen from the way his brother, Prince William, lives his life as a hands-on father—sometimes even willing to weather criticism for pulling back on royal duties in order to be great at it—that children are the future and the greatest legacy one can leave behind. Without the burden of being heir to the throne, Harry has a lot more freedom than his brother does and will no doubt use it when it comes to raising his family. And if you have a dad as doting as that, consider celebrating him with one of these 30 Unique Father’s Day Gifts for the Dad Who Has Everything.
He genuinely likes kids
The prince has said, “I get a huge buzz spending time with kids.” And it shows. From the famous video of Harry making faces at the toddler who stole his popcorn at last year’s Invictus Games in Toronto to the earliest photos of the prince playing soccer with AIDS orphans in Lesotho during his gap year, his obvious affection and enthusiasm for kids will ensure his own offspring get plenty of playtime with their father.
He’s the fun uncle
When Prince George was born, Harry told reporters his role as uncle to the future kinds was “to make sure he has a good upbringing, and keep him out of harm’s way and to make sure he has fun.” By all accounts, he’s done that and the practice will come in handy once he has children of his own. And for more ways to be like Harry in this regard, check out the 20 Easy Ways to Be a (Much) Better Father.
He’s never lost his sense of fun
The prince has said, “I still have a naughty streak too, which I enjoy and is how I relate to those individuals who have got themselves into trouble.” That should hold him in good stead with his own kids. It was his late mother, Princess Diana, who told him when he was just a boy that it was okay to be naughty, “as long as you don’t get caught.”
He’s okay with PDA
As we’ve seen from the touchy-feely (at least for a royal) way he is with Meghan, it’s safe to assume Harry will lavish his kids with affection. (“I’m very good with hugs,” he’s said.) It’s one of the things he remembers most about his own mother. “She smothered us with love, that’s for sure,” said Harry of Diana. “She would just engulf you and squeeze you as tight as possible. She brought a breath of fresh air to everything that she did.” Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
He loves his own parents
As everyone knows, Harry was incredibly close to Diana. He also has a good relationship with Prince Charles (which has reportedly been gotten better since Meghan’s joined the family). Last year, he told the BBC, “[Our dad] was there for us—he was the one out of two left, and he tried to do his best and to make sure that we were protected and looked after.” His good relationship with his own father and the understanding the importance of having a strong relationship with him will undoubtedly help him with his own children. And for more on the opinions of exalted royal generations, see How the Queen Really Feels About Meghan Markle.
He is his mother’s son
He’ll be a good role model
Like Meghan, Harry was raised to understand the importance of helping others. “We don’t want to be just a bunch of celebrities, but instead use our role for good,” he has said. “You’ve got to give something back. You can’t just sit there.” It’s clear that Harry and Meghan, together with William and Kate, want to do more than shake hands and cut ribbons and are reaching out to young people around the world to be a force for good. This is sure to be something they impart on their children.
He’s feathering his nest
While Harry and Meghan are currently living in cozy Nottingham Cottage, a two-bedroom home on the grounds of Kensington Palace, the couple have reported picked out a country retreat—an renovated farmhouse in the countryside that would be a perfect place to begin raising a bundle of joy. And, of course, the Sussex family will be awarded larger digs at the family compound in London when Baby Sussex arrives—in the same way that William and Kate were when George was born.
He’s a feminist
Harry married a proud feminist who once told a crowd that the prince shares her views on female empowerment. He has said, “Real men treat women with the dignity and respect they deserve.” A great message for his future sons and a great example for his future daughters.
He’s a team player
As any parent knows, children—even royal ones—have to learn how to work well on teams in all kinds of settings. Harry has always been “one of the lads” on the polo field, but he has said he learned the true meaning of teamwork from his decade serving in the army. ” ‘Prince Harry’ was sort of pushed aside, mainly by me, but also by them,” he said of his time in the military. “When you wear that uniform, you’re part of that team.” Those lessons will come in handy when he has to teach his own children about working with others toward a common goal.
He understands many of the issues kids face
Harry has said that he was bullied as a teenager for having red hair and he empathizes with children dealing with difficulties because of what he went through when Diana died. “I knew there would always be a gaping hole that could never be filled,” he said last year of his reaction to losing his mother when he was just 12 years old. “There are children far younger than me, and, of course, their situation was a great deal more challenging than my own.” Hopefully his children will not have to deal with losing a parent at a young age, but whatever struggles they do face, they will find a sympathetic and understanding listener in their father.
He wants to live a normal life
Well, as normal as one can be as a member of the royal family. “There’s a lot of time that my brother and I just want to have a normal life,” he’s said. Luckily for his children, they will likely be able to achieve that to a far greater extent than their cousins. Harry and Meghan will have more latitude in how they live life as a family than William and Kate because, barring any extremely unusual circumstances, he will never be king. And with a grandmother in America (Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland), there’s a distinct possibility Harry and Meghan’s children may spend summer vacations in California or another part of the United States.
He loves sports and the great outdoors
In the hyper-competitive royal family, Harry is said to be the best athlete of the bunch—and that’s saying a lot. His love of all forms of sport from polo to swimming to soccer is surely something he’ll want to pass down to his kids and keep him connected to them in a fun, healthy way. Reportedly, Meghan’s even gotten him into yoga, so the entire family will be able to stay in fine form as they grow.
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