What Is Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Parenting Style? An Overview of How the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Are Raising Baby Archie

Everyone knows that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have moved across the pond to create more space for their son Archie to grow up out of the spotlight. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry have been clear that their priorities in life have been drastically swayed by their young son.

Before his birth, the former actress and her princely husband were very involved in their roles in the royal family and often were spotted in the public forum. Now that they are parents, their behavior has changed, even prompting them to decline their positions in the royal family to best protect their son.

Prince Harry has always been excited to start a family

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The couple has often been interviewed about their future family. In fact, over the years Prince Harry has noted several times how excited he is to one day be a dad.

It is that same excitement he shared after the long-awaited birth of his son last May. Prince Harry stood beaming in front of the hospital to announce the birth of his son.

“Meghan and myself had a baby boy early this morning….” the Prince told members of the press. “Mother and baby are doing incredibly well. This has been the most amazing experience I could possibly imagine. How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension. But we are both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everyone out there. It’s been amazing.”

In 2017, Prince Harry shed more insight about parenting.

“I’m a godfather to quite a few of my friends’ kids … Actually only five or six. I’d like to think [I’m a good godfather],” Prince Harry said on The Telegraph’s “Mad World” podcast. “But I think the key to that is growing up, but also to be able to stay in touch with your childhood side. If that means going to someone’s house and sitting there and playing PlayStation and kicking the ass of their son on whatever it is, then I’ll try and do that. I’ve actually had a lot of practice for that.”

Meghan Markle previously revealed her desire to be a parent as well

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Meghan dished about her future plans during a September 2016 interview with Lifestyle magazine. She revealed to reporters that she can’t wait to take on the role of mom. 

“I also dream to have a family,” the duchess admitted. “It’s all about balance and I have so much happiness in my career and am fortunate to travel the world and see so many amazing things…[but] It will also be nice to be anchored to something grounded and in the same place. Raising a family will be a wonderful part of that.”

Meghan has made true on her promise to find something grounded and “in the same place” with her move away from the U.K.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have strict parenting goals

After the pair formally stepped down from their royal duties in March, they moved away from the U.K. to relocate to Canada. The move has made some waves in their royal circles, but they made the decision based on their goals as parents.

Prince Harry and Meghan announced they were stepping down in an effort to focus on their family and gather their resources to launch a new non-profit endeavor that they have named Archwell.  This, of course, was the inspiration for their son’s name.

The couple has moved again, and now apparently reside in Meghan’s former hometown, LA.

They want to raise Baby Archie as normally as possible

In an effort to shield Archie from the press, the royal spotlight, and the negativity often surrounding that lifestyle, Prince Harry and Meghan have made some serious changes to their life. Their priority is to give Archie a happy, normal childhood.

Sources close to the couple confirm that “Archie is the priority…It’s very much still about taking care of him and putting the family first. He’s a happy kid—he loves to laugh. Archie and Harry have such a good time together. And Meghan is a great mom. She’s very much about tending to him. They are trying to live their life as regular parents.”

Their priorities were clear from the start. Meghan and Prince Harry famously didn’t appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace because she was breastfeeding Baby Archie.

“The reason Harry and Meghan didn’t appear on the balcony when Queen [Elizabeh II] returned back to Buckingham Palace was because she was breast-feeding,” an insider told Us Magazine in June 2019. “Meghan loved seeing all the other royal children and was doting on them.”

Meghan is also reportedly a hands-on mom. “Even though [Meghan] has an amazing nanny, she hates leaving him at home for more than a couple of days,” a source told US Weekly.

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Like most parents, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are focusing on making sure their son is well taken care of. When they went on the royal tour, they ensured Baby Archie was well-equipped.

“[They] brought all his home comforts with him,” royal reporter Omid Scobie said during in October 2019 in an episode of “The Heir Pod” podcast, reports Elle. “I heard there were a lot of toys that they brought with him. Just all the things that make him feel like he hasn’t gone anywhere, because you want to keep him comfortable the whole time. That’s why Meghan stayed with him in South Africa rather than join Harry on his travels.”

An insider shared with the Daily Mail that Meghan and Prince Harry will raise Archie to be a well-rounded person that has a global perspective.

“It’s about their children being aware of and understanding the wider world and their place in it,” the source told Daily Mail. “They want them to take an active interest in the global community, working towards a fairer society and more sustainable way of living.”

Prince Harry and Meghan’s parenting style may be drastically different than that of Prince Harry’s brother, Prince William, in that they are keeping Archie out of the public eye. But, that only indicates that the two are doing their best to keep Archie happy, healthy and safe.