It’s a royal birthday for Prince Harry, who turns 38 on September 15, and the Duke of Sussex has come a long way since trading royalty for family life in Montecito, California, with wife Meghan Markle and their two children, son Archie and daughter Lilibet.
Harry has always been a public servant, activist, comedian, and member of the monarchy, but his most important and lasting role is dad, one he has wholly welcomed, whether he’s supporting the mother of his children through pregnancy loss and media obsession, marveling over Archie’s latest milestones, or preserving the memory of his late mother Diana, the Princess of Wales, for her grandkids.
As the Duke revealed in a December video to promote the streaming platform Waterbear, fatherhood has changed his outlook on the world. “The moment you become a father everything really does change because 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?” he said, referring to climate change, according to People. “We can’t steal their future. We really can’t. That’s not the job we’re here for.”
Harry also described witnessing Markle give birth to their first child as “the most amazing experience I can ever possibly imagine,” adding, “How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension” and “I’m so incredibly proud of my wife.”
Spoken like a true father! Ahead of Prince Harry’s special day, here are more reasons he’s a super dad. Happy early birthday!
This post was originally published in September 2020.