It was really not that long ago that Prince Harry was getting in trouble for being a party boy. (That Las Vegas trip was just eight years ago!) And here we are, on the occasion of Harry’s 36th birthday, and he is clearly a changed man. The past year has shown him to be a responsible father and husband forging a new path, independent from his family of origin.
That actually makes it sound like this has been a boring time for the Duke of Sussex — which couldn’t be further from the truth. The first years of fatherhood, whether you’re Prince Harry or Harry from Hoboken, are exciting, beautiful, emotional, and challenging, to say the least. And while new parents Harry and Meghan Markle have been trying very hard to maintain some semblance of privacy through it all, they have also given us a peek into the ways in which raising Archie is just like raising any other baby.
And then there are the ways in which being a duke and a father must be completely different. Most dads we know didn’t have to explain why they had a private christening, or why they fired their night nurse, and they didn’t have to slip off to Rome for a charity polo match when their babies were just three weeks old, the way Prince Harry did. Most can move to a new country without it being an international scandal. And also most don’t get to buy a multimillion dollar mansion in Santa Barbara when they do so.
All this is to say, we really do wish Prince Harry a happy birthday. Celebrate it along with us by looking back at some of his best dad moments, and dad quotes, since Archie was born.