As a self-confessed big kid, the Duke of Sussex has been relishing the moment he becomes a father after years of watching others bring up their families.

Wife Meghan has given Harry the best endorsement, telling a well-wisher during a royal visit to Merseyside in January he would make “a fantastic father”.

The duke has always had an affinity with children and has enjoyed being in their company whenever a youngster has featured at a royal event.

Harry has been pictured countless times crouching down to chat to a child, pulling faces, or playing with them if the opportunity presents itself.

In the year following the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2011 wedding, Harry told US broadcaster ABC about his desire to start a family.

He said: “I’ve longed for kids since I was very, very young. I’m waiting to find the right person and someone who’s willing to take on the job.”

But in 2015 he was still talking about the prospect of sharing his experiences with that special someone during a tour of New Zealand.

He told Sky News: “I don’t think you can force these things, you know, it will happen when it’s gonna happen. Of course I would love to have kids right now, but there’s a process that one has to go through.”

In Meghan, the duke found a woman who was willing to embrace the responsibility of being a senior member of the Royal Family.

Harry has previously shown off his fatherly credentials in his interactions with nephew Prince George in front of Barack and Michelle Obama.

When the then US president and his wife visited the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Harry in 2016 at Kensington Palace, they saw George and his uncle together.

Mrs Obama said about Harry: “I have to say the most precious thing if you haven’t already fallen in love with him, is to see him with his nephew.”

But it appeared Harry was on his best behaviour as she said about George: “He said ‘uncle Harry, why are you so quiet? Why are you so quiet?’”

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