Everything Prince Harry Has Said About Fatherhood (So Far!): 'I'm Just Over the Moon'

From sleepless nights to showing his son the world, Prince Harry has gotten real about parenthood since the arrival of Archie. Read his best (and super relatable!) quotes.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match, in which Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex were competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England.
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After announcing on May 6, 2019, that he and Meghan Markle had welcomed a baby boy earlier in the day, the royal got candid about his new life as a father.

"I've had about two hours' sleep," Prince Harry happily told reporters off-camera after making the birth announcement.

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"It's been the most amazing experience I could ever possibly imagine," Harry said just hours after Archie's birth. "How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension. But we're both absolutely thrilled and so grateful to all the love and support from everybody out there. It's been amazing, so we just wanted to share this with everybody."

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"I haven't been to many births, this is definitely my first birth," the royal continued. "It was amazing, absolutely incredible. As I said, I'm so incredibly proud of my wife. As every father and parent would ever say, your baby is absolutely amazing, but this little thing is absolutely to die for, so I'm just over the moon."

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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"Parenting's amazing," he said during the family's first outing as a trio. "It's only been two and a half days and we're just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy and spend some precious time with him as he slowly, slowly starts to grow up."

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"Everyone says babies change so much over two weeks. We're basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month really," Harry said when asked if the baby more resembles mom or dad. "His looks are changing every single day so who knows."

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Harry interviewed Dr. Jane Goodall for the September issue of British Vogue (which his wife guest edited!), and their conversation quickly turned to preserving the world for the next generation.

"We are the one species on this planet that seems to think that this place belongs to us, and only us," the royal said, to which Dr. Goodall agreed that humans will continue to feud over resources unless something changes.

The conservationist pointed out that the "terrifying" state of the world, as Harry put it, has likely intensified for him since welcoming Archie in May.

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"It does make it different," Harry replied. "I think, weirdly, because of the people that I've met and the places that I've been fortunate enough to go to, I've always had a connection and a love for nature. I view it differently now, without question. But I've always wanted to try and ensure that, even before having a child and hoping to have children…"

"Not too many!" Dr. Goodall said with a laugh.

"Two, maximum!" said Prince Harry.

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"When I'm awake at 4 o'clock in the morning, I'll read all these," Harry told the 7- and 8-year-old students from Bayards Hill Primary school, who had made 60 congratulatory cards for him, Meghan and little Archie.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match, in which Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex were competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England.
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Prince Harry can't wait to show his son the world.

"On a personal note, I can't wait to introduce my wife and son to South Africa! We'll see all of you very soon," he wrote on Instagram ahead of their fall tour.

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Like any new parent, Prince Harry is grateful for any opportunity to catch some z's.

The royal attended an event in Amsterdam to launch a new partnership called Travalyst. But the work trip away from baby Archie had a personal benefit for Harry.

"Having spent last night here — I don't know about you guys, but it was definitely the best night's sleep I've had for the last 4 months!" he joked at the beginning of his speech.

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During Archie's royal tour debut in Africa in fall 2019, a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Harry revealed that his son "constantly wants to stand."

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The Duke of Sussex, who moved to L.A. with his family in early 2020, said coronavirus lockdown provided some "family time."

"There's a hell of a lot of positives that are happening at the same time and being able to have family time — so much family time — that you almost think, 'Do I feel guilty for having so much family time?' " he shared. "You've got to celebrate those moments where you are just on the floor rolling around in hysterics. Inevitably, half an hour later, maybe a day later, there's going to be something that you have to deal with and there's no way you can run away from it."

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As president of African Parks, Prince Harry penned a forward to the organization's new annual report, in which he talked about parenthood.

"Since becoming a father, I feel the pressure is even greater to ensure we can give our children the future they deserve, a future that hasn't been taken from them, and a future full of possibility and opportunity," he said. "I want us all to be able to tell our children that yes, we saw this coming, and with the determination and help from an extraordinary group of committed individuals, we did what was needed to restore these essential ecosystems."

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