How Prince Harry has shown that he will be the best father

By Clare Douglas

First came love, then came marriage and now Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are looking forward to filling a baby carriage! The newlyweds have made no secret their desire to have children and with their romantic nuptials behind him, the couple is now focused on growing their family. Only time will tell if the 33-year-old prince will be celebrating his first Father’s Day in 2019, but regardless of when it happens, one thing's for certain – Harry will be a fantastic father. Here are just a few of the ways in which the Duke of Sussex will be the Duke of Dads.

HE'S ALWAYS BEEN GREAT WITH KIDS

Prince Harry has admitted that his paternal instincts kicked in early in life, sharing, "I've longed for kids since I was very, very young." This explains why the royal has always been a natural around children. In addition to joking around with kids at royal engagements and walkabouts, Harry has centered much of his charity work around children in need. In 2006, he created Sentebale to help vulnerable youth in Lesotho. The foundation was named in honour of his mother, Princess Diana, who introduced him to the importance of helping young people reach their potential.

TAP FOR GALLERY Prince Harry, age 20, helps a young boy plant a tree during a trip to Lesotho in 2004.

HE'S A FUN UNCLE

Prince Harry is a self-described “fun uncle” to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. In fact, he has made it one of his missions. Following the birth of George in 2013, the redheaded royal promised to “make sure he has a good upbringing, to keep him out of harm's way to make sure he has fun.” While we have yet to see the “fun uncle” in action, his friend Michelle Obama shared some insight into his relationship with Prince William and Kate’s children back in 2016.

Reminiscing about her visit to Kensington Palace, the former First Lady explained that Harry was on his best behaviour, which left little George confused. “All throughout, [Prince George] was like, 'Uncle Harry, why are you so quiet?' she shared during a sit-down chat with Prince Harry on Good Morning America. The 33-year-old went on to explain why the toddler felt that way. "Usually I'm throwing him around the room and stuff!” quipped Harry.

HE BELIEVES CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE

"The thousands of you gathered here are proof that today’s generation of young people is the most connected, most energized, and most confident the planet has ever known," exclaimed a passionate Prince Harry at the 2017 We Day celebration in Toronto. He further confirmed his dedication to young people by happily accepting the Queen's appointmentof Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. It's a role that he will carry out with his wife Meghan, who is equally passionate about youth issues. "My job will be to listen to you, my duty will be to ensure that your ideas, concerns, thoughts and hopes are heard," explained the royal shortly after accepting the role.

Harry and Meghan are dedicated to helping young people in the Commonwealth.

HE'S LOVING AND LOYAL

The handsome royal has met thousands of young people over the years, but every now and then, Harry comes across a child who truly captures his heart. During a visit to Lesotho in 2004, the prince met four-year-old Mutsu Potsane and quickly formed a life-long bond with the youngster. The duo exchanged letters over the years and spent time together when Harry visited Lesotho to observe the work of his children's charity. Mutsu even scored a coveted ticket to the royal wedding! Prince Harry reportedly flew his friend to England so he could be a part of his special day.

HE'S A KID AT HEART

In 2017, a viral video of Prince Harry being the victim of a little popcorn thief went viral. The adorable encounter happened in the stands during a volleyball match at Invictus Games Toronto. When the royal wasn’t looking, two-year-old Emily, the daughter of British Paralympic David Henson, helped herself to some kernels. Naturally, Harry was quick to have some fun with the youngster, stealing some popcorn for himself before giving her free rein over his game-time snack.

HE'S LEARNED FROM THE BEST

Should Harry need any parenting tips, he can turn to his best friend and brother Prince William, or draw inspiration from his own upbringing with Prince Charles. Both future kings have proven themselves natural fathers who have ensured that their children's happiness always comes first. The trio has been exceptionally close following the death of Princess Diana and will continue to support each other in all aspects of royal life. And if reports ring true, Harry won't have to travel too far for some urgent parenting advice. The prince and his new wife are reportedly set to move in next door to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace.

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