What Kind of Father Will Prince Harry Be?

In just a few short months, Prince Harry will officially take on the role of father. His wife, Meghan Markle, is due to have the couple’s first baby some time toward the end of April. And with Harry’s world about to change for the better, people can’t help but wonder what kind of father he’ll be. Here’s how his childhood shaped the way he will raise his own children.

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Visit Birmingham
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, will soon have a child. | Oli Scarff – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Harry disliked growing up in the spotlight

Harry was the son of the future king, which meant growing up, he always had to be in the limelight. His life was constantly under a microscope, and that only increased when news of his father’s affair broke. Harry rebelled a bit as a child, smoking weed as a teenager and partying as a young adult. Nobody will ever forget his infamous leaked photos, but having all eyes on him at all times probably made him wish he lived a more normal life. That’s why when it comes to the way his children are raised, Harry wants his family to take a step back from the public eye.

He hopes to keep his children’s lives as normal as possible

Harry isn’t yet a father, but he has already reportedly decided that he would try his best to make his future child’s life as normal as possible. He remembers what it was like to have cameras on him at all times, and he doesn’t want his children to feel watched every moment of the day. Harry and Meghan have already decided they’ll move to Frogmore Cottage on the grounds of Windsor Castle rather than live in Kensington Palace. Sources say it’s because it’s quieter over there and the family is less likely to be bothered by the media. (Contrary to rumors, it doesn’t appear to be because of Meghan’s supposed feud with Kate.)

He’s even said he wants to bring his own kids to school every day

Sources close to the royal family have said that Harry and Meghan want to be extremely involved in their children’s lives. Meghan did not grow up royal, and she was very close with both her mother and father all through her youth. It makes sense that she would want to be hands-on with her kids. And Harry agrees with her. The two have even said they want to bring their own children to and from school every day, and they don’t want help from a nanny.

His parenting style will likely have some similarities and difference to Will’s  

Harry and Will are brothers, and although Will was seemingly the more mature one growing up, their parenting styles will likely still have similarities. Will has to be fairly strict since his kids are closer in line to the throne, but he is also extremely focused on being their father. Harry will be the same way; he wants to be there for his kids to the fullest extent (minus the royal duties he’ll still have to perform). Plus, he and Will have always been close, so he’ll likely go to his brother for some fatherly advice once his little one arrives.

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