Prince Harry Opens Up About Becoming a First-Time Dad in Moving New Speech
The royal dad-to-be took part in a roundtable discussion with young leaders from across the Commonwealth and gave a speech about making a better future
The Duke of Sussex took part in a roundtable discussion with young leaders from across the Commonwealth at the Lancaster House in London on Wednesday. The 34-year-old dad-to-be, who is expecting his first child this spring with wife Meghan Markle, shared the importance of overcoming obstacles faced by young people by banding together in a speech – even touching on his impending parenthood.
“As someone who is about to become a father, I am acutely aware of our shared responsibility to make this world more resilient and its inhabitants more accountable for the next generation,” Harry told those gathered from around the world.
“The only way to see real progress is not by chance, it’s by change,” he concluded. “Let’s get to work.”
Harry took over the role of Commonwealth Youth Ambassador from his grandmother Queen Elizabeth.
“Nearly 12 months into the job, I can honestly say I feel more passionate than ever about the huge opportunity we have here: To empower young people across the Commonwealth, you who are here in this room today, and the millions around the world who are part of this global collective of change makers,” said Harry.
He continued, “Some may say it’s our responsibility, but I see it as our privilege, to equip you with the tools and the platform you need — to continue your cause driven work at the highest level — driving positive and effective change.”
During their tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, Harry and Meghan undertook several engagements targeted on the Commonwealth — the group of 53 nations linked to the U.K. And in the summer, they helped host a reception in London.
Reflecting on the tour, Harry said on Wednesday, “In all of these places, it’s been incredibly humbling to see how young people like yourselves are creating innovative and clever solutions to the diverse challenges you face — whether it be better mental health for everyone, eradicating extreme poverty and improving access to education for girls, or highlighting the very real effects and daily battles of climate change.”
While Prince Charles is excited to be expecting his fourth grandchild, he has expressed concerned about the planet they will inherit.
The 70-year-old royal, who has a lifelong commitment to conservation and the environment, spoke during his November visit to Ghana about how the new generation will be affected by current pollution.
“I am about to have another grandchild actually. I suspect quite a few of you may too have grandchildren or will do soon,” he said, according to the Telegraph. “It does seem to me insanity if we are going to bequeath this completely polluted, damaged and destroyed world to them.”
Charles continued, “All grandchildren deserve a better future.”
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Meanwhile, Meghan had a solo outing of her own. She made her first public outing to the National Theatre in London on Wednesday – three weeks after it was announced she had adopted it as one of her initial four royal patronages.