The Duke of Sussex took his two-year-old daughter to enjoy a 4 July parade in Montecito

Prince Harry’s ‘protective’ parenting of Princess Lilibet revealed as father-daughter duo brave crowds

Taking his two-year-old daughter Princess Lilibet to a 4th of July parade in Montecito, close to the £11 million home he shares with Meghan Markle and their kids, Prince Harry was every inch the devoted father on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old Duke of Sussex was seen in photos obtained by the MailOnline cradling his young child while navigating the crowds. Princess Lilibet had adorable pigtails in her auburn hair and wore a blue floral dress.


Meghan Markle holding daughter Lilibet during her first birthday party
Photo: Twitter / Misan Harriman

With one arm, the Duke carried his daughter, holding her close to his face while she put her arm around her father’s neck. The young royal wore adorable red buckled shoes and white knee-high socks.

Body language expert Darren Stanton told HELLO! that Prince Harry’s affectionate parenting style is evident in the way he held onto his daughter.

You can see how devoted he is to his children and how seriously he takes his role as a parent. I can tell he is very happy in that moment and protective of her from the way he is holding her, says Darren.


The whole family helped Lilibet blow the candle on her cake
Photo: Netflix


A service in Edinburgh honoring his father King Charles and stepmother Queen Camilla’s Scottish coronation preceded Prince Harry’s outing with his daughter.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex opted to stay in the United States with their kids while the Prince and Princess of Wales were present.

It is evident that he is happiest when spending time with his kids and Meghan, according to Darren. He and Meghan demonstrate that they have always been very hands-on with their kids.Harry seems to be a very hands-on father, and it’s important to him to be that way with his kids, based on his body language. He doesn’t hesitate to say that.


Prince Harry carries Lilibet
Photo: Netflix


Princess Lilibet hasn’t been spotted in public before; the only exceptions are the intimate photos featured in Prince Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary series.

In episode four, there was one touching image of Lilibet that generated a lot of excitement because it was the first time anyone had seen the Princess’ gorgeous golden hair that matched her father’s.


Harry kissing newborn baby Lilibet Diana
Photo: Netflix


In a 2022 episode of her Archetypes podcast, Meghan discussed what it’s like to raise two young children.

She stated: “Lili has just begun walking at the time. She has been alive for about a year and a half. Archie is only three years old, so I’m still toddling through it.

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