Prince Harry seems more confident and happy than ever before as the father to a new baby boy and over a year into his marriage with the Duchess of Sussex. The Prince, who was formerly the most famous royal bachelor in the world, has settled down with former actress Meghan Markle after a whirlwind romance and a wedding watched by over a billion people.
Prince Harry is also bringing a new brand of openness and warmth to his role as a member of The Firm, speaking frankly about his late mother, Princess Diana, mental health, discrimination and his deep affection for his wife.
He's also slipped in some digs about his brother Prince William's baldness. As he turns 35, here are a few of our favourite Prince Harry quotes.
Prince Harry quotes
Prince Harry on having a baby
"It's been the most amazing experience I could ever possibly imagine. How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension."
“We’re both absolutely delighted to be here [in Australia] and really impressed to see you serving beer and tea at an afternoon in true Aussie style. We also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce, uh…the, uh…the upcoming baby. Boy or girl.”
Prince Harry on becoming a father
“Parenting is amazing. It’s only been what, two and a half days, three days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy. We have to spend some precious time with him as he slowly starts to grow up.”
Prince Harry on Meghan Markle
"When did I know she was 'The One?' The very first time we met".
"This beautiful woman just literally tripped and fell into my life."
"I know that at the end of the day, she chooses me. I choose her. Whatever we have to tackle will be us together as a team."
"I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her. I thought, I'm really gonna have to up my game, sit down and make sure I have good chat. She's capable of anything."
"If my mother was here now, she and Meghan would be thick as thieves."
"I'm s***ing it" - what Harry appeared to say to Meghan Markle after she'd walked up the aisle towards him on their wedding day (you can judge for yourself in the video above)
Prince Harry on Diana
"My mother died when I was very young. I didn't want to be in the position I was in, but I eventually pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people, and decided to use my role for good. I am now fired up and energized and love charity stuff, meeting people, and making them laugh."
"It's something my mother believed in: If you are in a position of privilege, if you can put your name to something that you genuinely believe in, you can smash any stigma you want, and you can encourage anybody to do anything."
"Every day, depending on what I'm doing, I wonder what it would be like if she was here, and what she would say, and how she would be making everybody else laugh. Who knows what the situation would be, what the world would be like, if she were still around.
*/ Prince Harry on being a royal
"To be honest, dinner conversations were the worst bit about being a child and listening to the boring people around me."
"Part of my role and part of my job is to shine a spotlight on issues that need that spotlight, whether it's people, whether it's causes, issues, whatever it is."
Prince Harry on racism and unconscious bias
“Just as stigma is handed down from generation to generation, your perspective on the world and on life and on people is something that is taught to you. It’s learned from your family, learned from the older generation, or from advertising, from your environment. And, therefore, you have to be able to have a wider perspective.”
“It’s the same as an unconscious bias – something which so many people don’t understand, why they feel the way that they do. Despite the fact that if you go up to someone and say, “What you’ve just said, or the way that you’ve behaved, is racist” – they’ll turn around and say, “I’m not a racist.” “I’m not saying that you’re a racist, I’m just saying that your unconscious bias is proving that, because of the way that you’ve been brought up, the environment you’ve been brought up in, suggests that you have this point of view – unconscious point of view – where naturally you will look at someone in a different way.” And that is the point at which people start to have to understand.”
“You can only be taught to hate. What can we learn from nature? People always say, there is nature, then there is us. But we are part of it – we are nature. Unless we acknowledge we are part of this cycle, then we’re always going to be fighting against it. Inevitably, because we’re so good at destruction, we’ll end up winning and nature might end up losing.”
Prince Harry on mental health
"I never really dealt with what had actually happened. So there was a lot of buried emotion, and I still didn't even want to think about it."
"I really regret not talking about it. It is OK to suffer, but as long as you talk about it. It is not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognizing it and not solving that problem."
“My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television. I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.”
"Losing your mother at such a young age does end up shaping your life massively, of course it does. And now I find myself trying to be there and give advice to other people who are in similar positions."
Prince Harry on William
"I think he definitely is brainier than I am, but we established that at school - along with his baldness."
Prince Harry on Queen Elizabeth
"[To a group of visitors at Buckingham Palace] If you suddenly bump into her in the corridor, don't panic. I know you will. We all do."