Here’s Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Want to Bring Their Children to School

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child, and the couple couldn’t be more excited. The baby will have the opportunity to grow up alongside his or her cousins and be fairly close in age. (Kate Middleton gave birth to her third child, Prince Louis, in April 2018). But Harry and Meghan want to parent a bit differently than Prince William and Kate — and that includes driving their future children to school.

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Harry and Meghan want to be proactive in their children’s lives

Harry may have come from royalty, but Meghan did not. The way Meghan was raised, as a commoner (and an American), was far different than the childhood Harry grew up with. Meghan likely wants to raise her children similarly to the way she was raised, but Harry doesn’t seem to oppose. Harry was not given the privilege of a “normal” childhood, and according to sources close to the royal couple, that is why he wants his children to have a bit more normalcy in their lives.

The royal couple will reportedly even bring their own children to and from school each day — something Harry did not have growing up. Although picking up a child from school seems like a chore and nothing more than a small gesture, it’s just one more hint of normalcy and a sign of caring parents. (That’s not to say that Harry’s parents, nor Will and Kate, do not care about their children.) The couple wants that sense of a regular life for their children and hopes they will pursue normal career paths, too — something neither Harry nor Meghan did.

There is less pressure on Harry and Meghan to raise their children a certain way

One major bonus to not being a direct heir to the throne is that Harry has the ability to parent a bit differently than Will and Kate did. With Will in line to the throne, and his three children following, they must follow the strictest royal protocol. This means his children don’t have the ability to follow “normal” career paths, and with all of Will and Kate’s responsibilities, they likely don’t even have enough time to bring their own children to school. It doesn’t mean they don’t spend quality time with the three little ones; things are just more “royal” for Will’s family than they will need to be for Harry’s. And for Harry, this is a plus.

The couple doesn’t want to seek any official royal title for their child

In addition to raising their children as normally as possible, Harry and Meghan also don’t want to seek a royal title for their first child. According to Express, the couple wants to follow in the footsteps of Harry’s aunt, Princess Anne, who raised both of her children with regular first and last names as opposed to royal titles (such as “Prince Harry”). This goes hand in hand with creating that normal life the couple wants for their family. The couple believes a commoner name, career, and lifestyle will only benefit their children down the road.

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