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Prince Harry Shares a Glimpse of Archie’s ‘Cheekiness’

Prince Harry told Hoda Kotb of Today “all of it”, when asked what he enjoyed most about fatherhood.
The cheeky side of Prince Harry’s son Archie is being encouraged.

On Wednesday, the Duke of Sussex spoke with Today’s Hoda Kotb about his return to the Invictus Games, the paralympic-style competition for service members and veterans that he founded in 2014, as a father of son Archie, who will turn three in May, and daughter Lilibet, who is ten months old.

When asked how Harry spends a typical Wednesday, he told Kotb that “it revolves around the kids as much as humanly possible.”

 

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Archie | CREDIT: TOBY MELVILLE/SAMIR HUSSEIN/WIREIMAGE

 

“Working from home isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially post-COVID, because it’s really hard,” Prince Harry, 37, said. “However, when you and your children are in the same location, it’s difficult to separate work from them because they tend to overlap. So, for example, Archie interrupts our Zoom calls more than anyone else.”

“However, he frequently gets us off them, which is also a nice thing,” he continued.

When asked if Archie had inherited any of Prince Harry’s famous cheekiness, Harry said he believed he had.

 

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“That is something I try to maintain at all times. I believe that your cheekiness is what keeps you alive “he stated “In the outside world, there’s a lot to be happy about, but there’s also a lot to be concerned about.”

Harry continued, “Every day, my sort of mantra is to try to make the world a better place for my kids. It’s a dangerous one because I need to avoid burnout, but it’s a good one. What’s the point of bringing children into this world if they’re not going to be happy? It’s a responsibility that I, as a parent, feel, and that you, as a parent, probably feel as well.”

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“All of it,” Prince Harry said when asked what he enjoyed most about fatherhood.

“It’s the chaos, the learning, the reminder of just about every aspect of yourself, your soul,” he explained.

Archie, according to Harry, is at an age where he is asking a lot of questions, including “why this, why that, why that?”

 

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“Until he’s satisfied, I give him the most honest answer I can,” Harry explained.

“We can’t wait!” Harry tells PEOPLE in this week’s exclusive cover story about bringing Archie and Lili to the Invictus Games someday. — and he’s already told his son about the competition.

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“I showed Archie a video from the Invictus Games in Sydney of wheelchair basketball and rugby, and he absolutely loved it,” Harry says.

“I showed him how some of them were missing legs and explained that some of them had injuries that were not visible,” he continued. “I wanted to tell him, not because he had asked. Children understand so much, and seeing it through his eyes was incredible because it was so raw and honest.”

After daughter Lili took her first steps, Prince Harry says he’s a “proud papa.”

“Trying to keep up with her brother is her current priority,” Harry tells PEOPLE.

One comment

  1. Darlita LaRie Stephens

    He sounds like an awesome little fella. I think it’s good and paramount to let your child’s personality unfold….cheekiness and all. I hope that Sophia, and all of my other children have my spice. I wish that I could have been there to witness her first steps. I do look forward to seeing her, and any children I give birth to and/or raise personality unfold (if being able to conceive hasn’t been stolen from, me because of my age). I also look forward to learning my older children’s personalities.

    “Every day, my sort of mantra is to try to make the world a better place for my kids. It’s a dangerous one because I need to avoid burnout, but it’s a good one. What’s the point of bringing children into this world if they’re not going to be happy? It’s a responsibility that I, as a parent, feel, and that you, as a parent, probably feel as well.””….perfectly said. I agree.

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