British Royal Family

The steps Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are taking to make sure Baby Sussex won't be spoiled

The couple are changing all the royal rules when it comes to parenting!

By Ruth Devine

Just like everything else The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do, their plan on raising the next generation of Royals is most decidedly modern.

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Whether it's Duchess Meghan walking down the first part of the aisle on her own in St George's Chapel, Windsor when she married Prince Harry in a glorious ceremony back in May to the many – and adorable – PDAs while on their first major overseas Royal Tour to Australia and the South Pacific recently, to their stance on mental health, women's rights and the environment, their take on life is in keeping with a young, hard-working couple; blue-blooded or otherwise.

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The royal newlyweds are thought to be expecting their first child in April next year. *(Image: Getty Images)*
The royal newlyweds are thought to be expecting their first child in April next year. (Image: Getty Images)

And it seems that the Sussex way of raising their first child when he or she (or 'they' if reports that the Duchess might be carrying twins are anything to go by!) arrives in April next year will be to ensure that the very youngest members of The Firm will not be spoiled but will grow up understanding the privilege into which they have been born and appreciating as much as possible what it's like to live 'normally'.

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Trusted royal correspondent from Us Weekly Omid Scobie says that the Prince, 34, and the 37-year-old former Suits actress hope to "bring up children who know the values of normal things in life."

Indeed, the couple are determined that the Sussex children will have a much more regular upbringing than their royal cousins belonging to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

As sixth in line to the throne, Prince Harry (seen here with Duchess Meghan and The Queen at Princess Eugenie's wedding in October), does not have the same pressure of royal protocol as his brother the Duke of Cambridge. *(Image: Getty Images)*
As sixth in line to the throne, Prince Harry (seen here with Duchess Meghan and The Queen at Princess Eugenie's wedding in October), does not have the same pressure of royal protocol as his brother the Duke of Cambridge. (Image: Getty Images)

As the children of the heir to the throne, Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and six-month-old Prince Louis, the Cambridge offspring have to lead a far more traditional royal childhood thanks to the fact their parents are increasingly taking on official duties in place of The Queen who is in her 92nd year.

"Meghan will take her kids on a subway. They'll have chores, and jobs one day," Scobie tells the magazine. "They won't be spoiled."

The adorably loved-up couple will undoubtedly make excellent parents to the latest addition to The Firm. *(Image: Getty Images)*
The adorably loved-up couple will undoubtedly make excellent parents to the latest addition to The Firm. (Image: Getty Images)

Duchess Meghan has in particular championed women's rights with her speech in Wellington about women's suffrage and, having had somewhat of a rocky road to adulthood herself (her mother Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle divorced when Meghan was just six with Doria largely bringing up the Duchess as a single mum), she realises the valuable lessons she learnt along the way.

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Prince Harry loved this cuddle with little Luke when he visited Dubbo with Duchess Meghan as part of the recent Royal Tour Down Under. *(Image: Getty Images)*
Prince Harry loved this cuddle with little Luke when he visited Dubbo with Duchess Meghan as part of the recent Royal Tour Down Under. (Image: Getty Images)

Both Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have already shown just what an easy bond they form with the young and the elderly wherever they go, being sure to give each one their undivided attention, if only for a second or two, on their recent Royal Tour Down Under.

Duchess Meghan's warm personality led to lots of hugging wherever they went in Australia. *(Image: Getty Images)*
Duchess Meghan's warm personality led to lots of hugging wherever they went in Australia. (Image: Getty Images)

Be it getting down to the same level as a shy child who, all shiny-shoed and tongue-tied as they present a posy to the royal pair in front of the world's press needs reassurance, cuddling a war widow on Sydney's Harbour Bridge or, in the case of the indomitable Daphne snagging both eye contact and a hug on her most recent encounter with her red-haired royal beau, Meghan and Harry are living, walking, hugging proof of the need for human contact.

Such understanding of the human psyche may have come from seeing how Prince Harry's big brother, William and Duchess Catherine interact with their children.
The Duchess of Cambridge spoke only recently about the importance of hugging their children but judging by all the times Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry have been snapped crouching down to look a child in the eye, enveloping strangers in a hug or throwing an arm around the shoulders of someone in need of a cuddle, the parents-to-be don't need any instruction when it comes to showing love and affection.

Now it seems they're just as ready to help nurture their eagerly-awaited children into becoming the Royals of the future.

There's  no chance that the Sussex offspring will be brought up as anything but thoroughly modern Royals! *(Image: Getty Images)*
There's no chance that the Sussex offspring will be brought up as anything but thoroughly modern Royals! (Image: Getty Images)