How Long Has Prince Harry Been Waiting for Fatherhood?

It’s only a matter of minutes until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcome their new bundle of joy. What has seemed like an eternity waiting for the new royal baby is finally in the home stretch. But if it seems like we have been waiting forever for the new baby to arrive, just imagine how the Duke of Sussex must feel. He’s been hinting at becoming a father for quite some time now.

The world is keeping a watchful eye on the royal family

Public interest is nothing new to the royals. But the level of obsession over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has reached feverish levels. The couple has not released an official due date, so onlookers are waiting for any little sign that the new royal has arrived.

The royal couple has made the final preparations for their new baby’s arrival. Their new home, Frogmore Cottage, was just recently finished, complete with a yoga studio, room for grandma, and a gender-neutral nursery. Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, just arrived, signaling the birth is right around the corner. Ragland is expected to stay for the first few months to help the couple — they chose not to hire a nanny.

Prince Harry is an experienced uncle

Nothing can truly prepare you for becoming a parent, but Harry does have some experience with little ones. His brother and sister-in-law, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, share three children together, the youngest of which just celebrated his first birthday. We’re sure that Harry has been getting plenty of parenting advice from brother William and getting in all the baby time he can get.

William and Kate have done a good job of allowing their children to have a relatively private life. Meghan brings an extra level of fame with her to the royal family — along with added family drama — so keying in on how to maintain their child’s privacy will be critical to the new parents.

It looks likes the expectant parents may already be thinking about privacy. New reports speculate that the family may soon be moving to Africa.

Prince Harry has been excited about having a child for quite some time

Both Meghan and Harry have been vocal about their desire to have children. In 2015, Markle told Hello! Magazine that she bought a special gift to give to her future daughter when they grow up. After the actress completed season three of her show, Suits she splurged on a two-tone Cartier watch. She had it engraved, “To M.M. From M.M.” She said: “That’s what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them.”

As for Harry, he reminisced about his mother, the late Princess Diana, when talking about kids, saying: “I’m sure she’s longing for me to have kids so she could be a grandmother again. You’ve got to have fun in life, otherwise, well, imagine life without fun. You’ve got to be taken seriously, but I hope that I’m a fun uncle … I can’t wait for the day [I have kids]. It will be fantastic.”

After becoming engaged to Markle in 2017, Harry was quoted saying, “Hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future.”

The couple announced that they were expecting a child in October 2018. Fans have since been counting down the days until the new baby’s arrival. Harry and his wife have said that they will be keeping the details about the birth quiet, and of course, there is an order to who is informed about the baby’s arrival. So it may be a few days after the royal baby’s arrival before we get an official announcement.