Prince Harry Shares How He Spoke About Disabilities To His Son Archie

Prince Harry hopes to someday bring his kids Archie and Lili to Invictus Games in the future and has made it a point to teach his son about adaptive sports.

“I showed Archie a video of wheelchair basketball and rugby from the Invictus Games in Sydney, and he absolutely loved it,” Harry told People.

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“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 no-nonsense approach in speaking with Archie, calling it a “model for parents.”

Throughout the Invictus Games, Harry spoke on life in California with Meghan Markle and their kids. And during the opening ceremony, he spoke about Archie’s many dream jobs.

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“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 of his son.

“Or Kwazii, from Octonauts—If you’re laughing then you’ve seen that,” he added.

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.” In this context “you” here refers to the Invictus Games participants.

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And during his Today show interview with Hoda Kotb, Harry also spoke on the highlights of fatherhood.

He loves being a dad and admitted he adores “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.”

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