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Prince Harry Reveals The ‘Maximum’ Number Of Children He And Meghan Markle Want To Have

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might expand their family in the future, but not by much.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are new parents to their first child, Archie.

Soon after Archie’s birth, sources said that the parents were already talking about growing their family.

“They definitely want to. Meghan has talked about having one more,” a source told People in May.

Harry confirmed that number during an interview with Dr. Jane Goodall for the September issue of British Vogue, which Meghan guest-edited. He said that he and Meghan want to have “two, maximum.”

The topic arose while Dr. Goodall and Harry were chatting about the environment and their concerns over the future of the planet.

Harry has long had a love for nature, but he says his worries about the state of the world have intensified since having a child. He wants to leave something better behind for the next generation — which apparently will include a maximum of two of his own kids.

Meghan Markle just welcomed her first child in May. Unbeknownst to most fans, she was quietly working as a guest editor for the September issue of British Vogue during the second half of her pregnancy.

“I was about five months pregnant when this process began, and by the time you hold this issue in your hands, my husband and I will be holding our three-month-old baby boy in ours,” Meghan wrote in her editor’s letter.

Snippets from the issue are now available digitally, and there’s so much great material there! Meghan chose to feature a wide range of topics, including an interview between herself and Michelle Obama and an intro from Prince Harry.

One standout piece is this interview between Prince Harry and Dr. Jane Goodall. The legendary primatologist stopped by the couple’s Frogmore Cottage home for a candid conversation about the environment, climate change, and our responsibility to future generations.

“We are the one species on this planet that seems to think that this place belongs to us, and only us,” Harry said.

Dr. Goodall agreed, pointing out that humans will continue to battle over resources until we learn to live in harmony with the natural world.

“What we need to remind everybody is: these are things that are happening now. We are already living in it,” Harry said. “We are the frog in the water and it’s already been brought to the boil. Which is terrifying.”

Dr. Goodall replied, “Happening and happened. It is terrifying. Especially as you’ve just had a baby.”

“I know,” Harry replied with a laugh.

“Well, it does make it different, doesn’t it?” Dr. Goodall pointed out.

“It does make it different,” Harry agreed. “I think, weirdly, because of the people that I’ve met and the places that I’ve been fortunate enough to go to, I’ve always had a connection and a love for nature. I view it differently now, without question.”

“But I’ve always wanted to try and ensure that, even before having a child and hoping to have children…” Harry continued.

“Not too many!” Dr. Goodall cut in.

“Two, maximum!” Harry replied.

“But I’ve always thought: this place is borrowed. And, surely, being as intelligent as we all are, or as evolved as we all are supposed to be, we should be able to leave something better behind for the next generation,” Harry said.

So yes, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are apparently only interested in having one more child.

This declaration is in line with previous intel about possible future Baby Sussexes. In May, a source told People that Meghan had talked about “having one more.” Even before Meghan got pregnant, Harry shared that he’s not interested in having a huge family.

In July 2018, a fan in Ireland told Harry, “My husband also has red hair and he gave me five children — when are you and Meghan going to get going?”

The fan told People that Harry laughed in response and said, “Five children? — too many.”

Fair enough! For the Sussexes, two is just right.

Harry’s conversation with Dr. Goodall wasn’t the only meditation on parenthood in the pages of British Vogue. Meghan’s interview with Michelle Obama was essentially a Q&A on motherhood. Michelle gave Meghan advice on being a new mom, and her words left Meghan “speechless.”

Meghan asked Michelle what motherhood has taught her.

Michelle answered:

“Being a mother has been a masterclass in letting go. Try as we might, there’s only so much we can control. And, boy, have I tried — especially at first. As mothers, we just don’t want anything or anyone to hurt our babies. But life has other plans. Bruised knees, bumpy roads and broken hearts are part of the deal.”

She went on to explain that her job as a mother is to give her daughters the space to explore and develop into who they are, not who she wants them to be.

Michelle also reflected on the early days of parenting Sasha and Malia as infants. She and Barack spent hours just watching them sleep.

“There is something so magical about having a baby in the house,” she said. “Time expands and contracts; each moment holds its own little eternity.”

She ended by advising Meghan and Harry to “savor it all” while they still can.

Maybe, someday, Meghan will be asking Michelle for advice on welcoming her second baby!