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The Best Life Lessons to Learn from Prince Harry

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When Prince Harry turned 18, he made a promise to follow in his mother, Princess Diana’s footsteps and continue with her charity work, and made a public pledge “to carry on the things that she didn’t quite finish.” Now, on his 36th birthday (September 15), Prince Harry may be reflecting on his life, his mother’s legacy, and their charitable work more than ever. The Duke of Sussex is now the same age as Princess Diana when she tragically passed away when Prince Harry was 12 years old.

He has had some of the most challenging, yet exciting moments of his life over the last few years. From getting married to starting a family, and leaving his position as a senior member of the royal family, Prince Harry has seen much change in recent years. However, his inspiring nature and charitable work have remained constant as he continues to be one of the most transparent royals and is respected for his willingness to be candid and real. On the Duke of Sussex’s 36th birthday, Vogue Man Arabia looks back at some of his best quotes and life lessons that can be learned from them.

On his responsibility as a member of the royal family

“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.”

On his wife, Meghan Markle

“This beautiful woman just literally tripped and fell into my life.”

“If my mother was here now, she and Meghan would be thick as thieves.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, December 2017

Photo: Getty Images

On racism and unconscious bias

“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.”

On mental health

“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.”

On treating people equally

“This is not just about women, we men need to recognize the part we play, too. Real men treat women with dignity and give them the respect they deserve.”

On making progress

“The only way to see real progress is not by chance, it’s by change, – let’s get to work.”

On his mother, Princess Diana’s legacy

“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.”

Prince Harry with his mother Diana and brother William, 1995

Photo: Getty Images

On being a parent

“It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever possibly imagine. How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Son Archie


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