Prince Harry's longing for a family: "He wants to create something he never had"

Watch the full interview with Dickie Arbiter, the Queen’s former press secretary, on episode two of Yahoo UK’s brand new show ‘The Royal Box' from Friday 22 June.

It's thought likely that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will start a family imminently. The couple, who tied the knot on 19 May 2018 in Windsor, have made no secret of their desire for children and Harry longs to build the home life he never had.

That’s according to former palace press secretary Dickie Arbiter, who sat down to discuss the inner workings of the royal family with Kate Thornton in episode two of The Royal Box.

“There’s an expectation with every married couple that there’s going to be a baby on the way. Harry’s made no secret that he wants a family,” says Arbiter.

“He wants to be able to create something that he never had. He had two adoring parents that gave him everything, but unfortunately they weren’t living under the same roof.

“He wants to have a family, he wants children. We’ve seen him with children; he’s absolutely terrific with children and he’ll be a terrific dad. He’s terrific with his nieces and nephews and he will be a terrific dad.”

Prince Harry’s own parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, divorced in 1996 when Harry was just 11. Prior to that, the couple had already been living separately for a few years.

Meghan’s childhood was similar. Her mother Doria Ragland divorced her father, Thomas Markle, when the young actress was just six years old.

The pair originally spoke of their baby plans in their engagement interview.

When asked whether children were in the pipeline, Harry replied: "Not currently, no. I think one step at a time."

However, the 33-year-old royal did add: "Hopefully, we'll start a family in the near future."