Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no longer working royals, they are enjoying a different kind of life in sunny California with their two children: Archie and Lilibet. It seems that California life is offering a particular sort of freedom that Harry didn’t get in the royal family, and the latest example is the couple’s decision to send Archie to a nursery that teaches more than just traditional skills.

Meghan and Harry are certainly living the California dream in Montecito with their children Archie and Lilibet. Archie Mountbatten-Windsor is an adorable little tot, and in the few photos that have so far been made available to the public, some Royal fans are claiming that the little guy bears a striking resemblance to his dad, Prince Harry – as a baby, that is.

Since Archie was born in Spring 2019, his parents Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, have been careful about keeping him away from the public eye as much as possible. While new mothers in Buckingham Palace generally give the public a glimpse of a newborn Royal at the Lindo Wing steps at St. Mary’s Hospital the day they are born, Archie’s parents went against Royal protocol and did not invite the press for a photo op.

Lillibet was born June 4, 2021, and is a happy baby according to her mom and dad. The Duke and Duchess said that Archie made them parents, but Lillibet made them a family.

Even though he is busy working as the CIO of BetterUp and being a father of two, Harry makes time to take care of himself and his mental health as well. Keep reading to learn more about how the prince makes time for self-care and why he thinks it is important.

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On the day of Archie’s birth, his father, Prince Harry, addressed the public, announcing that his wife had given birth to a “very healthy baby boy,” assuring everyone that both baby and mother were well and resting.

Just two days later, the young family made their first outing as a unit, with the newborn making his debut as the newest member of the Royal family. That same day, Harry and Meghan Markle formally announced their son’s name – Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Unlike his cousins, the three children of Duke William and Duchess Kate, Archie does not hold a royal title. Because of a letter’s patent — which is a legal order of the monarch — from 1917, only certain people may have the title of “prince,” and Archie sadly does not qualify.

While the happy parents were given the option to choose the subsidiary, honorary title of Earl of Dumbarton for their son, they decided not to, according to Time Magazine. Harry and Meghan decided they wanted a more private life for little Archie.

For a boy with only two years under his belt, Archie has certainly moved around the world. Having been born in London, Archie moved with his parents Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, to Vancouver Island for several months before they moved back to Meghan’s home state of California.

Then, after both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down as working members of the royal family, the group moved to Los Angeles — a familiar place for former actress Meghan — in March of 2020. However, not satisfied with the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles life, Harry, Meghan, and Archie decided to settle in Montecito, Santa Barbara, for some more privacy.

Now, little Archie is off to visit a nursery school in his Californian hometown. As The Mirror reports, the school Meghan and Harry have chosen for their son offers more than the traditional kinds of teachings – although those are still represented, of course.

The usual first things a child is taught are still offered: reading, writing, their numbers as well as first bits of Spanish, music, dance, theater and even coding. Aside from these scholarly approaches, however, the nursery school also focuses on teaching what they call “emotional literacy” and mindfulness, which reflects an emphasis on mental health and social skills that the Duke and Duchess have previously stated to hold in high regard.

Prince Harry is the Chief Impact Officer for BetterUp, which is a coaching agency dedicated to mental health that is working to “unlock greater potential, purpose, and passion.”

Class sizes are small at the nursery, The Mirror reports, and children spend time growing their own vegetables and plants in the nursery’s gardens that feature fruit trees, a variety of plants, and many possibilities to get up and close to nature.

The British magazine The Mirror spoke with a parent of one of the other children visiting the nursery. Unsurprisingly, little Archie seems to garner a lot less attention than he would get if he were to visit an English nursery school:

“Harry often drops Archie off and picks him up, and seems like a good dad. All the parents have been laid back in welcoming Harry and Meghan, without making a fuss. And to the other kids, Archie is just one of them. They don’t know his parents are royalty, and probably wouldn’t care – unless Meghan was a Disney princess.”

Prince Harry doesn’t just talk about mental health, he practices self-care every chance he gets. The father acknowledges that as busy parents, sometimes caring for your own needs gets lost along the way. “The self-care is the first thing that drops away. I’m happy to admit that — as a husband, as a dad,” he said.

But the Duke still makes an effort to find time for himself. “Okay, one of the kids has gone to school. The other one’s taking a nap. There’s a break in our program. It’s like, right, it’s either for a workout, take the dog for a walk, get out in nature, maybe meditate,” Prince Harry shared.

Harry advocated for more help for working parents who do not have the time to regularly practice self-care. “You can’t expect people will put in work on themselves if you don’t give them the time to do it,” he said. “When people focus on inner work, these people are better at work and are better at home.”

Even as a member of the Royal Family, Harry struggles to be a perfect parent just like anyone else. “No matter what I put into it, I’m always kicking myself going, ‘If you’d done this, this, this, which you know works for you, then you wouldn’t be in this state now,’” Harry said.

Fortunately for both Meghan and Harry, Lillibet is much calmer than her older brother. The dad said: “We’ve been very lucky so far. … (She) seems happy to just sit there while Archie is running around like crazy.”

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