David Beckham said he did not speak to Harry on him stepping away from the royal family.
Prince Harry may have attracted some severe criticism in the media for some critical decisions he has taken in the last few weeks. But anyone who has had to protect their loved ones from outside forces knows what it's like to do what's best for your family. Despite making headlines for being a party animal in his younger years, he has grown into a dependable husband and a father. Speaking to EOnline, Harry's close friend, David Beckham spoke about his views on the recent developments in the Royal Family and also his admiration for Harry as a father to his little boy, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor.
“I think he’s enjoying being a young father for the first time and that’s what we always spoke about. When you are a parent, it changes everything for you," said Beckham, who himself is a father of four. "He always needs to be happy. We love him and he’s an amazing person — and that’s the most important thing — but I’m proud to see him growing up as an individual and being that person that every father wants to be," he continued.
The 44-year-old soccer legend, who is often photographed spend time with his four children, said, "Every father wants to be loving to their children and that’s what I see with him.” It is no doubt Harry has embraced fatherhood. The young dad has always been open about his excitement in being a father.
Apart from appreciating Harry's qualities as a father, Beckham added he was yet to speak to Harry about his decision to step down from the royal family. "Harry's a friend, you know, and we're very proud of the Royal Family. I haven’t spoken to Harry about him moving. We speak as friends and that’s the most important thing for me," said the soccer player, according to Eonline.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they will be stepping down as senior members of the royal family on 9 January, 2020. "We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen," stated the couple royal on Instagram.
"We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity," the post continued.
Though their decisions caused some initial worry in the royal household, The Queen welcomed their decision. However, they are barred from actively using the HRH titles and are even prohibited from using the "royal" brand. Moreover, they will no longer be funded using public money, according to BBC News.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry is continuing his involvement as required by attending royal engagements before stepping down on 31 March, 2020, along with his wife Meghan Markle. Harry's recent appearance in Edinburgh also indicated the transition from a royal to a normal citizen. He insisted on being addressed just by his first name and behaved as if he was one among the audience, according to BBC News.
According to People, Harry and Meghan will attend their first joint appearance after their decision to step down on 5 March, 2020 at the Endeavour Fund Awards.