‘My son will be watching’: Prince Harry opens up the kind of father he wants to be

By Meaghan Wray

Prince Harry knows how important family is, and is prepared to fill the role of being Archie Harrison’s father to the best of his ability!

At the UK’s first National Youth Mentoring Summit on July 2, the new dad opened up about how much his life has changed since welcoming Archie. The Duke of Sussex also spoke about how important it is to be a positive role model for young people.

Harry had plenty of good role models to turn to in his own family growing up! Photo: © Getty Images

“I’m struck by a few things today, most of which is the power of the invisible role model,” the royal began. “The person who may be sitting here today that doesn’t realize that someone looks up to them, that for that person, you inspire them to be kinder, better, greater, more successful, more impactful.”

“Perhaps it’s the newfound clarity I have as a father knowing that my son will always be watching what I do, mimicking that behaviour, one day maybe even following in my footsteps,” he continued.

He went on to explain that being a role model can “help heal wounds of your own past and create a better future for someone else,” which was perhaps an allusion to when his life changed with Princess Diana’s tragic and sudden death in August 1997.

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Today, The Duke of Sussex attended UK’s first National Youth Mentoring Summit, hosted by @DianaAward. The Diana Award, created in 1999, is a continuation of Princess Diana’s legacy and her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. Young people shared their experiences of being mentees and explained why it is so important to them to have businesses, organisations and leaders support mentoring. Two of these were influential young leaders Deborah and Dorcas Kabongo, who won the Diana Award in 2015 for their work on tackling key issues at the root of gang culture, focusing on the role of women and girls in gang-related violence and crime. They are having a real impact on their local community, showing those who may feel that joining a gang is their only option that there are alternatives in life. Since the creation of the Diana Award almost 20 years ago, the charity has recognised 48,000 selfless young people from across the world for their social action and humanitarian work. It has trained over 28,000 young people to stand up to bullying in their schools and communities through Anti-Bullying Ambassador training and supported over 1,000 vulnerable young people across the United Kingdom by introducing a positive role model into their lives through their Mentoring Programme. “I’m struck by a few things today, most of which is the power of the invisible role model. The person who may be sitting here today that doesn’t realise that someone looks up to them, that for that person, you inspire them to be kinder, better, greater, more successful, more impactful.” - The Duke of Sussex Thanks to organisations like The Diana Award the impact that young people can have is heard and acknowledged. For those who wish to become part of the programme and make a difference, please discover our link in bio for more information. Photo credit: Carmel King/The Diana Award

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Since then, Harry has gone on to found Sentebale and the Invictus Games Foundation – two organizations that strive to make the world a better place. The former supports people and families affected by HIV/AIDS and the latter provides an outlet for injured and wounded armed service members and former soldiers.

The event was hosted by The Diana Award, which was founded in 1996. It’s a continuation of his late mom’s legacy, and her strong belief in young people and their ability to change the world.

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