Prince Harry praised after opening up about wanting to be a role model for his son

royals 03/07/2019

Prince Harry is loving his new role as a dad. 

Little Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor may just be a couple of months old, but already his dad is boasting about him at every chance he can get. 

While speaking at the National Youth Mentoring Summit as he was presenting The Diana Award, Prince Harry opened up about the "newfound clarity" he's gained as a father, knowing his son Archie will look up to him as an example. 

The Duke of Sussex discussed how he's discovered the power of "the invisible role model, the person who may be sitting here today that doesn't realize that someone looks up to them." He pointed out that he experiences a similar dynamic with his child.

"Perhaps it's the newfound clarity I have as a father, knowing my son will always be watching what I do, mimicking my behavior, one day maybe even following in my footsteps," he said. "But it's not just my role as a father that shows me that; it's in the people I see every day that don't realize how inspirational they are to those watching."

The Duke of Sussex also tipped a hat to his mom, Princess Diana, who "was a role model to so many, without realizing the impact she would have on so many lives." He added, "You don’t have to be a princess or a public figure to be a role model, in fact it’s equally valuable if you’re not because it’s more relatable."

At the end of his speech, Harry made note of Princess Diana's birthday, which took place Monday. "To the mentees here today, I am incredibly proud of what you’ve achieved, and I can safely say that my mother, who would have turned 58 yesterday, would feel the same," he said.