CHANG­ING THE ROYAL PARENTING RULES

How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to buck tra­di­tion and raise their lit­tle heir like no other

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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.”

PRI­VACY PLEASE

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).

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