Prince Harry has revealed that 10-month-old Lilibet has taken her first steps.
In an exclusive interview with People, the Duke of Sussex said his daughter “is trying to keep up with her big brother Archie” and that he is a very “proud papa”.
While on his trip to The Hague for the Invictus Games, Harry’s children are never far from his mind as he said he “can’t wait” to one day bring his kids to the Games, and that Archie, who is almost 3-years-old, is already excited at the prospect.
“I showed Archie a video of wheelchair basketball and rugby from the Invictus Games in Sydney, and he absolutely loved it,” Harry says.
“I showed him how some were missing legs and explained that some had invisible injuries, too,” he continued. “Not because he asked, but because I wanted to tell him. Kids understand so much, and to see it through his eyes was amazing because it’s so unfiltered and honest.”
Since founding the Invictus Games in 2014, Harry’s life as changed drastically, mainly with the adventure of fatherhood.
“Being a dad certainly adds another emotional layer to it,” says Harry. “When I was in the Army, I promised myself I would be out before having a wife and kids, because I couldn’t imagine the heartache of being apart for so long during deployment, the risk of possibly getting injured, and the reality that my family’s lives could be changed forever if that happened.”
He adds, “Every member of the Invictus community has experienced varying degrees of these things. I have tremendous respect for what they and their families sacrifice in the name of service.”
At the opening ceremony of the games on Saturday, he told the crowd of his son’s future career aspirations and how he hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father.
“When I talk to my son Archie about what he wants to be when he grows up, some days it’s an astronaut, other days it’s a pilot — a helicopter pilot obviously” Harry said with a laugh.
“But what I remind him is that no matter what you want to be when you grow up, it’s your character that matters most, and nothing would make his mum and me prouder than to see him have the character of what we see before us today,” he continued.
“To grow up in a better world,” Prince Harry replied. “To grow up in a fairer world, a safer world, a more equal world. It’s not going to be easy, but I will never, ever, ever rest until I as a parent have at least tried to make the world a better place for them. Because it is our responsibility that the world is the way that it is now.
“I don’t think we should be bringing children into the world unless we are going to make that commitment to make it better for them.”
He added, “We cannot steal your future.”
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