Prince Harry says he and Meghan will have 'two children, maximum' to help save the planet

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent
Meghan and Harry welcomed their first child Archie in May. [Photo: PA]

The Duke of Sussex has said he and Meghan will have “two children, maximum” to help protect the planet, in an interview published in British Vogue’s September issue, guest edited by his wife Meghan.

The magazine features a candid conversation between world-renowned ethologist and primatologist, Dr Jane Goodall, 85, and Prince Harry, 34, where they discuss environment, responsibility and climate change.

During the interview, Harry echoes his father Prince Charles, by giving his views on the importance of the natural world and why it’s important to wake up to the “the damage and the destruction that we’re [humans are] causing.”

The issue seems even more important to the duke since becoming a father to baby Archie in May.

He says: “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.”

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His Royal Highness, The Duke of Sussex interviews Dr Jane Goodall in the September Issue of British Vogue. [Photo: Chris Allerton]

In the interview, Harry also warned about the effect of ‘unconscious bias’ on racism saying that people must understand how their upbringing causes them to be prejudiced without realising it.

"Unconscious bias," he says, "is something which so many people don’t understand, why they feel the way they do.”

He continues: “Despite the fact that if you go up to someone and say ‘what you’ve just said, or the way you’ve behaved, is racist’ - they’ll turn around and say, ‘I’m not a racist’.

“‘I’m not saying you’re a racist, I’m just saying that your unconscious bias is proving that because of the way that you’ve been brought up, the environment you’ve been brought up in, suggests that you have this point of view - unconscious point of view - where naturally you will look at someone in a different way.' And that is the point at which people start to have to understand.”

Harry says young people are born without prejudice and that “stigma is handed down from generation to generation.”

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The Duchess of Sussex has guest-edited the September issue of British Vogue. [Photo: Peter Lindbergh]

When the prince began dating Meghan in 2016, he issued an unprecedented statement about the commentary of his then-girlfriend in the press, referring to “the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”

It was revealed earlier this year that Kensington Palace aides are spending hours each week monitoring their social media accounts to moderate the sexist and racist comments aimed at the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex and their fans.

While Meghan doesn’t feature on the ‘Forces for Change’ cover of the magazine, she has instead chosen 15 inspirational women who have made an impact.

Other highlights from the issue include the duchess’ Q&A with former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.

The full interview can be read in the September issue of British Vogue, which is out on Friday 2 August.