After weeks of speculation, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they are expecting their first child in spring 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been celebrating the happy news while on a royal tour of Australia, receiving gifts from fans and honouring Harry’s late mother Diana. The new baby will be the first child for both Harry and Meghan and while we already think Meghan is going to a be a great mom (she handled becoming a royal and dealing with her family like a pro), we’re pretty sure Harry is also going to fit right into his new role as dad. And yes, we have the royal receipts to back that claim up.
HE KNOWS HOW TO SHARE SNACKS
Approximately 50 per cent of being a parent is having snacks on hand. (Another 30 per cent goes to speed eating your meals, with 20 per cent left for accepting that everything you eat until the child is 7-years-old will be cold. Don’t even bother with soup for the next decade.) Harry is a snack sharer, as evidenced by this very cute popcorn exchange with a little girl at the 2017 Invictus Games.
UNCLE HARRY’S GREAT WITH KIDS
The best training for being a new dad is being an uncle. You get to test drive parenthood without having to fully commit. With Harry and Meghan living so close to William, Kate, and the three royal children, Harry has been able to learn firsthand about the trials and triumphs of various stages of infancy and beyond. Not only that, but much of Harry’s charity work has included working with children, already showcasing a natural bond the Prince shares with young people. So. Much. Cuteness.
HE WAS A REBELLIOUS TEEN
Before Harry was a solider in the British army, the founder of the Invictus Games, and fully-grown man who appears to have his sh*t together, he was a rebellious teen. We don’t need to revisit all of the questionable decisions made by Harry during his teen years because we wouldn’t want our early adulthood put under a microscope. Although he did—most of the time– seem like a lot of fun. Let’s just say that Harry’s behaviour wasn’t always royal, which means he’ll be able to understand his kids when they, too, begin to exhibit signs of rebellion. Just keep them away from historical costumes.
HE’S HAD EXCELLENT PARENTAL ROLE MODELS
From William and Kate, to friends Barack and Michelle Obama, to his own parents, Harry has witnessed good parenting up close and personal. He’s also grown up as a child in the public eye and has seen from a child’s angle the struggle of parenting in front of the world, making him uniquely qualified for raising the newest member of the Royal Family.
HE’S A SUPPORTIVE HUSBAND
After Harry and Meghan went public with their relationship, some media outlets in the U.K. began printing offensive stories about the American actor, using racist undertones in slanderous articles about Markle. Harry did something we had not yet seen from the royal and issued an official press release on his private life, condemning the media and warning outlets to back off his girlfriend. A protective and supportive husband is a great start towards making a protective and supportive dad.
Following in the footsteps of his late mother, Harry has devoted much of his life to charitable endeavours, including founding the Invictus Games, an annual sporting event for wounded war veterans. Most recently, he’s teamed up with brother William and sister-in-law Kate for Heads Together, a charity aiming to de-stigmatize mental health. Harry and Meghan first bonded over their commitment to giving back, so the two will undoubtedly raise their kids to be involved in volunteerism, ensuring the future royals will be empathetic and use their platform to help others.
HE’S DEALT WITH LOSS
Anyone who has endured the painful loss of a parent, especially when it occurs during childhood, *knows* that life is short. Having added freedom that older brother William is denied as a result of being second in line to the throne, Harry will be able to break royal protocol more easily with his children, making room for a life that may contain more moments of spontaneity and joy.
HE’S NOT AFRAID TO CUT LOOSE
Since childhood, Harry has been known to be ‘a bit cheeky,’ often finding ways to quietly let loose and enjoy even the most rigid of royal events. His ability to find the fun in any situation and his willingness to play will help him immensely as a new dad.
HE’S GOT A SENSE OF HUMOUR
If you’re going to be a parent, you need to have a sense of humour. It’s the only thing that will get you through sleep deprivation, colic, and exploding diapers.
HE’S A FEMINIST
Whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a boy or girl, we hope Harry will keep saying things like this to his children.
HE’S BEEN TO WAR
We’re kidding…kinda. Having a baby is a wonderful and beautiful experience, but there will be nights with no sleep, lots of loud noises, and plenty of uncertainty. You don’t have to be ex-Military to raise kids, but you know, baby fi.