CHANGING THE ROYAL PARENTING RULES
How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to buck tradition and raise their little heir like no other
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to buck tradition and raise their child their own way.
He’s been preparing for this his whole life. Prince Harry — the spare heir turned party prince who was just 12 when he lost his beloved mother, Princess Diana — has “longed for kids since I was very, very young,” he’s said. So now that his wife of six months, Meghan Markle, is about 17 weeks pregnant, he’s “feeling fantastic, actually,” he said in an interview with Australia’s ABC News while on tour Down Under in October. “New responsibilities, a new third of your life, right? That’s what everybody says.”
Good thing he’s already got his parenting game plan firmly in place. Sources tell Us that as Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, navigate the line between royal duty and the desire for privacy, they’ll be changing the parenting rules more than any royal before them — raising hard-working global citizens with a healthy appreciation of their mixed-race background and their American heritage. “What we’ll see with Harry and Meghan will be quite different from William and Kate: They’re keen to have two distinct lives,” says Us’ royal contributor Omid Scobie. “One as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the other as Harry and Meghan, who live quietly behind closed doors.”
Harry will handle the privacy part. He’s already watching out for “our little bump, as he called the baby (though he did reveal, “Everyone is predicting it’s going to be a girl!”), by making sure that Meghan takes care of herself. During their 16-day tour, says the palace insider, he urged his wife, who was waking up at 4:30 a.m. for prenatal yoga and likened pregnancy to jet lag, to slow down. “Being pregnant takes its toll,”
“We are very excited,” says Meghan (with Harry in New Zealand on Oct. 29).