Prince Harry Wants Kids, So Here's Some Advice From His Brother For When He Eventually Becomes A Father
There's nothing like the birth of a princess to give you royal baby fever, and Prince William's brother has it bad. Prince Harry says he wants kids, and he wants them, like, yesterday. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to quite be in a position to make that happen any time soon. But with the birth of his niece Princess Charlotte, he was reminded how much he also wants to be a father. While on a royal tour in New Zealand, Harry revealed that he's been sent two photos of the princess, including one he saw "before everybody else, which was nice, and then another, one with her back with George back home... as I said, I'm so looking forward to seeing her, to meeting her and to holding her."
But Harry isn't just wishing he could hold his niece. The 30-year-old wants kids of his own, too. "There come times when you think now is the time to settle down... but I don't think you can force these things. It will happen when it's going to happen," he told Sky News. "Of course, I would love to have kids right now, but there's a process that one has to go through."
Oh, those royals and their protocol. But, while we wait for Harry to sort out the "process," we can go ahead and give him some tips on how to be a great father, straight from the wisdom of his very own brother.
Dress Your Kids Impeccably
Just because they're children doesn't mean they can't rock a mean knee sock. While we're on the subject of clothes, it doesn't hurt to match your kids occasionally, either. It's beyond adorable.
Teach Them To Wave
Prince George isn't even two and he's already killing it in the royal duties department. That's all thanks to the fine teaching of his parents, no doubt.
Shield Them When Necessary
Will and Kate don't bring their kids around often. Just for the rare official duty. It's totally understandable that they'd want to give them a sense of privacy, and it's a note Harry should keep in mind.
But Also Understand Their Duty To The Public
Royal children differ from celebrity children in that they are there to serve the people. Not yet, obviously, but recognizing that the public wants to see their future leaders, no matter how small, can help everyone out. Throw the paparazzi a bone by taking some official portraits or going to an official event every once in awhile. It satiates the demand for baby pics while also affording you a little bit of mutually understood privacy when you ask for that later.
Let Them Make Friends
Even with peasant babies. It teaches the social skills and compassion early on.
Introduce Them To New Things Experiences
But also know you can't win them all. A good parent has a good sense of humor, because it doesn't matter whether you're an average joe or the prince of the UK, your kid is probably going to embarrass you by tossing his new gift on the ground.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Good thing Harry has a niece and nephew to try his skills out on. Plus, I'm sure Will and Kate would appreciate a night off.