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Prince Harry Opens Up About Becoming A Father In Inspiring Speech

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are still a few months away from welcoming their first child, but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have proven to us on more than one occasion that they're ready to be parents.

From the way the couple interact with children while carrying out their official duties to their impassioned speeches about the role today's youth play in shaping the future, there's no doubt that they will do a good job raising their kid.

This week, while Meghan paid a visit to one of her new patronages, the National Theatre, her husband made an appearance at London's Lancaster House to take part in a Commonwealth Youth Roundtable discussion.

Harry, who was appointed Commonwealth Youth Ambassador by the Queen last year, took the opportunity to open up about his impending fatherhood.

The royal admitted that his outlook on life is changing, and no only has he become more aware of his responsibility to the world, he is more determined than ever to create change so the world can be a better place for the next generation, including his own children.

"As someone who is about to become a father, I am acutely aware of our shared responsibility to make this world more resilient and its inhabitants more accountable for the next generation," he told the young group. "There is now, more than ever, a pressing urgency to saving the planet - the clock, as you all know, is ticking."

He added, "The only way to see real progress is not by chance, it’s by change. Let's get to work."

The 34-year-old dad-to-be said that he feels "more passionate than ever" to "empower young people across the Commonwealth."

"Some may say it’s our responsibility, but I see it as our privilege, to equip you with the tools and the platform you need — to continue your cause driven work at the highest level — driving positive and effective change," he said.

Harry's inspiring words echo those of his father, Prince Charles, who called for people to take better care of the Earth after confessing that his biggest worry is his grandchildren will be left with a damaged planet.

"I am about to have another grandchild actually. I suspect quite a few of you may too have grandchildren or will do soon,” the Prince of Wales said while visiting Ghana last November. "It does seem to me insanity if we are going to bequeath this completely polluted, damaged and destroyed world to them."

"All grandchildren deserve a better future," he added.

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