Prince Harry shared his straightforward parenting ethos: “Kids understand so much.” Prince Harry just wrapped up a successful Invictus Games, and he’s looking forward to bringing his kids Archie and Lili to the Games in the future.
In fact, Harry has already introduced Archie to what adaptive sports are. “I showed Archie a video of wheelchair basketball and rugby from the Invictus Games in Sydney, and he absolutely loved it,” Harry told People.
“I showed him how some [players] were missing legs and explained that some had invisible injuries, too. 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.”
Fans and news outlets praised Harry’s straightforward approach inspeaking with Archie, calling it a “model for parents.” As one parent wrote in Fatherly, “Talking to our kids about disability is an important and ongoing conversation.
But how we go about having the conversations is just as important. Prince Harry did it right: keeping things matter of fact, leaving sensationalized language out of it, and showing his kids that it’s OK to see our differences.”
Throughout the Invictus Games, Harry opened up about life in California with Meghan and their kids. Notably, during the opening ceremony, he spoke about Archie’s many dream jobs: “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. “Or Kwazii, from Octonauts—If you’re laughing then you’ve seen that.” (Kwazii is one of the main characters of Netflix’s Octonauts.)
He continued, “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: You.” (The “you” here refers to the Invictus Games participants.)
Plus, during his Today show interview with Hoda Kotb, Harry spoke about the joys of fatherhood. He loves being a dad, saying he loves “the chaos, the learning, the reminder of every element of yourself, your soul. When you’re not a parent, you can get sucked into all sorts of different stuff and you maybe sometimes forget who you are.”
Archie, Harry told Hoda, is at the “why stage: Why this, why that. And instead of just trying to move it on, I give him the most honest answer that I can, and it goes on and on and on until he’s satisfied.”