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12 Heartwarming Things Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Have Said About Their Kids

“This little thing is absolutely to die for, so I’m just over the moon.”

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“Mother and baby are doing incredibly well,” Prince Harry told the press after he and Markle welcomed their son Archie on May 6, 2019. “This has been the most amazing experience I could possibly imagine.”

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Two days after Archie’s birth, Markle was clearly smitten. “He has the sweetest temperament,” she said when the baby made his debut at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019. “He’s really calm.” Later, she added that her first days with Archie were “a dream” and described motherhood as “magic.” “It’s pretty amazing and I have the two best guys in the world,” she said.

Prince Harry added: “This little thing is absolutely to die for, so I’m just over the moon.”

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Harry knows how important it is to be a good role model to his children. “My son will always be watching what I do, mimicking my behavior, one day maybe even following in my footsteps,” Harry said at the Diana Award National Youth Mentoring Summit in July 2019.

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At just four months old, Archie was already turning on the charm. “He likes to flirt,” Meghan said during the family’s royal tour of Africa in September 2019.

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While fatherhood has been amazing for Harry, it’s also been quite stressful. “Since becoming a father, I feel the pressure is even greater to ensure we can give our children the future they deserve, a future that hasn’t been taken from them and a future full of possibility and opportunity,” he wrote in a June 2020 letter for African Parks’ annual report about the extinction crisis and the coronavirus pandemic. “I want us all to be able to tell our children that yes, we saw this coming, and with the determination and help from an extraordinary group of individuals, we did what was needed to restore these essential ecosystems.”

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“We are very lucky with our little one,” Markle told the U.K.’s Evening Standard in September 2020. “He is just so busy, he is all over the place. He keeps us on our toes. We are just so lucky.”

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When it comes to parenting, Harry and Meghan don’t miss a beat. “We were both there for his first steps," Harry told Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai in October 2020. “His first run, his first fall, his first everything.” And although the pandemic got in the way of their normal lives, they were also grateful that it gave them more time with their son. “It’s just fantastic, because I think in so many ways, we are fortunate to be able to have this time to watch him grow, and in the absence of COVID, we would be traveling and working more externally, and we’d miss a lot of those moments,” Markle said. “So it’s been a lot of good family time.”

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"The moment you become a father, everything really does change,” Harry said in a video to promote an environmental conservation streaming platform called WaterBear Network. “Then you start to realize, well, what is the point in bringing a new person into this world when they get to your age and it’s on fire? We can’t steal their future. We really can’t. That’s not the job we're here for. I’ve always believed that hopefully, we can leave the world in a better place than when we found it.”

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During a February 2021 appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Prince Harry couldn’t help but gush over his son’s amazing personality. “He’s already putting three, four words together, already singing songs,” he said, adding that Archie’s first word was crocodile. “Three syllables,” he bragged.

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The couple’s March 2021 tell-all with Oprah Winfrey was full of jaw-dropping information about the royal family, but Prince Harry also revealed some of his favorite things to do with Archie. “I guess, the highlight for me is sticking him on the back of a bicycle in his little baby seat and take him on these bike rides, which is something I was never able to do when I was young.” He added that Archie always sticks his arms out and never stops “chatting, chatting, chatting.” Markle agreed, explaining that Archie says the most “hysterical” things and loves telling people to “hydrate.” “But, also, whenever everyone leaves the house, he’s like, ‘Drive safe,’” Harry added.

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In Harry’s AppleTV+ series, The Me You Can't See, he spoke honestly about how badly he wishes his mom, the late Princess Diana, was alive to meet her grandchildren. “I wish she was around for Archie,” he said. “I’ve got a photo up in his nursery, and one of the first words that he said apart from ‘Mama’ [and] ‘Papa’ was then ‘Grandma. Grandma Diana.’ It’s the sweetest thing. At the same time, it makes me really sad because she should be here.”

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After welcoming Lilibet on June 4, 2021, the Duke of Sussex reportedly told singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran at the 2021 WellChild Awards that “two is definitely a struggle.” According to Hello!, Harry went on to tell people at the event that he and Meghan have “been very lucky so far.” “She’s very chilled and seems happy to just sit there while Archie is running around like crazy,” he reportedly said of their newborn.

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