Father’s Day quotes: what Prince Charles, Prince William, and other royals have said about becoming dads

The best Father’s Day quotes and what being a dad means to members of the Royal Family

Father's Day quotes from royal dads
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As people all over the world celebrate Father’s Day, let’s look at some of the funniest, heart-warming and most relatable quotes from royal dads about what being a parent has meant to them.


Prince William’s quotes about being a father

Prince William celebrated Father’s Day this year by sharing an adorable snap with his three children while on a family holiday, and William has shared some touching insights into what being a parent has meant to him over the years.

On being a father, “I'm a lot more emotional than I used to be. I never used to get too wound up or worried about things. But now the smallest little things, you well up a little more, you get affected by the sort of things that happen around the world or whatever a lot more, I think, as a father."

Prince William and his three children

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In an interview with TalkVietnam, “There's wonderful highs and wonderful lows. It's been quite a change for me personally. I'm very lucky in the support I have from Catherine, she's an amazing mother and a fantastic wife. But I've struggled at times. The alteration from being a single independent man to going into marriage and then having children is life-changing."

On raising children in the public eye, William told GQ, "I could not do my job without the stability of the family. Stability at home is so important to me. I want to bring up my children in a happy, stable, secure world and that is so important to both of us as parents. I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don't want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there.”

Prince William with Prince George and Princess Charlotte

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On being emotionally open with his children, “It is a time to reflect on my responsibility to look after not just the physical health of my two children, but to treat their mental needs as just as important a priority … if your son or daughter ever needs help, they need their father’s guidance and support just as much as they need their mother’s.”

Joking about the other side of parenting, William has joked in the past, “I do need toothpicks to keep my eyes open because of the kids.”

When visiting New Zealand, “I hope that George doesn't keep you up. He's at his most vocal at 3am, as you may have noticed -- I swear I heard him doing the haka this morning!"

Prince Charles’ quotes about his sons and grandchildren

Prince Charles on his sons growing up, “It’s always marvelous just to see them develop and start to get good at some things and develop interests and all that. It gives me enormous pleasure and satisfaction and pride.”

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When discussing his closeness with his grandchildren, Charles said, “I’m thankful to have them to look after me when I’m tottering about.”

On becoming a grandfather, “Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone's life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather.”

Prince Charles has opened up about what being a grandparent has meant to him

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What Prince Harry has said about his father, and being a dad himself

On becoming a dad, “The moment you become a father, everything really does change.”

Harry on how Prince Charles protected him and William after Diana’s death, “One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died. How you deal with that, I don't know. But, you know, he was there for us.”

“He was the one out of two left and he tried to do his best to make sure that we were protected and looked after. But you know, he was going through the same grieving process as well."

Harry, Meghan and Archie

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