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03rd Jul 2019

Prince Harry on how he wants to be a role model for son Archie Harrison

Keeley Ryan

Prince Harry has told how he has “newfound clarity” since becoming a father.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcome their first child together, Archie Harrison, in early May – less than a year after they said ‘I do’.

The 34-year-old was recently discussing how becoming a father has given him “newfound clarity” about becoming a role model.

Speaking at the National Youth Mentoring Summit, organised by the Diana Awards charity, earlier this week, Harry said [via GoodtoKnow]:

“I’m struck by a few things today, most of which is the power of the invisible role model.

“The person who may be sitting here today that doesn’t realise that someone looks up to them, that – for that person – you inspire them to be kinder, better, greater, more successful, more impactful.

“Perhaps it’s the newfound clarity I have as a father knowing that my son will always be watching what I do, mimicking my behaviour, one day maybe even following in my footsteps.

“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 realise how inspirational they are to those watching.”

He also spoke about how his mum had been a role model for so many people around the world without even realising it.

He continued:

“My mother, Princess Diana, was a role model to so many, without realising the impact she would have on so many lives.

“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.

“Being a role model and mentor can help heal the wounds of your own past and create a better future for someone else.”