Prince Harry Just Wants To Give His Son Archie A Better Childhood Than He Had

Most parents want their children to have better lives than they had — that’s just human nature. But when you’re a millionaire royal family member who has arguably gotten everything in life, what could possibly be better for your kid than that?

In the case of Prince Harry, plenty. The second son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana had plenty of amazing opportunities while he was growing up. But that doesn’t mean he had the perfect childhood at all. Based on comments he’s made in the past, it’s obvious that the Duke of Sussex harbors some resentments from childhood and doesn’t want to make the same mistakes for his newborn son Archie.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just want Archie to have a normal life

For most commoners, it sounds like a dream to grow up in a royal household. Servants, money, tons of attention — how could anyone complain? However, for Prince Harry, the attention was a bit of a nightmare.

The press has always loved the royal family. Their extensive coverage of their personal and public lives got to be a bit much, though, and it ultimately made certain royals uncomfortable.

As royal expert Kate Nicholl explained to ET, “Prince Harry grew up very much in the spotlight, never far away from the gaze of the cameras, and at points in his life that’s been something he has resented.”

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Today, The Duke of Sussex visited Oxford to highlight the positive work being done in the city for young children, disabled people and the community at large. The Duke started his day meeting young patients at the Oxford Children’s Hospital. In 2016 at the @WellChild Awards, The Duke promised awardee Mikayla Beames he would visit her at hospital. Today, HRH was able to fulfill that promise and spend time with Mikayla and other patients and their families, along with the some of the extraordinary staff and teachers in the Hospital School who are on hand to support the young patients as they continue their studies whilst in hospital. Afterwards, The Duke of Sussex, in celebration of its 30th year, re-opened the OXSRAD Disability Sports and Leisure Centre, a facility first opened by his mother, Diana Princess of Wales in 1989. His Royal Highness felt honoured to pay tribute to her work and meet some of the people his mother met 30 years ago. This centre supports people with disabilities through sport and physical exercise – an area The Duke is particularly passionate about. HRH has seen the transformative effect sports, teamwork and exercise can have on people, not just physically but also for their mental fitness. The Duke’s final stop was at Barton Neighbourhood Centre to see the work of Thrive Teams, an initiative that supports at risk youth with access to education and employment. The Barton Centre includes a cafe, doctor’s office, sports hall, local police centre and food bank. The team there save nearly one tonne of food per day from being wasted and whip up some incredible meals for those that can’t afford to sustain themselves. Serving as a hub for this close-knit community, where 1 in 4 grow up in child poverty, this centre truly is a lifeline for its roughly 5,000 residents, but also an example of what can be achieved when we all come together.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex want to raise Archie away from the spotlight

It would be impossible to keep Archie hidden from cameras completely. But so far, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are doing everything in their power to reveal as little as possible and do so on their own terms.

Their first “royal rebellion” was refusing to pose for the iconic photo outside the hospital right after Meghan Markle gave birth. Instead, they announced Archie’s birth and name a few days later. The name announcement proved their intentions even further. Instead of requesting a formal title for their son from Queen Elizabeth, they chose to forgo one instead.

Archie Harrison’s baptism will also be a private ceremony and the identities of his godparents will remain secret. We’ll see pictures, but again, only the ones that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex want released.

Prince Harry wants his son to live his own life

One unfortunate side effect of fame is it often dictates actions in a negative way. To combat this, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have created a haven in their new home at Frogmore Cottage where they can be themselves without fear of scrutiny.

“My understanding is that at Frogmore, they have essentially built a fortress. One of their closest friends told me it was their oasis — their sanctuary where they’re going to raise their child away from the spotlight,” Nicholl explained to ET.

She continued: “They are tucked away there, in acres of beautiful green space. Archie is enjoying, albeit a privileged lifestyle, a remarkably ordinary lifestyle. There hasn’t been a team of maternity nurses and night nurses and staff on call to cater for their every whim.”

Hopefully, young Archie appreciates the great lengths his parents have achieved to protect his privacy — and sanity!