The holidays came early this year with one of the greatest gifts of all—news of a royal baby on the way! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their pregnancy Monday, and we've been brainstorming name options and royal-worthy gifts ever since. Plus, given Harry's track record with wooing children, there's no doubt that he'll be one of the goofiest, most doting parents out there—and we have the photos to prove it.
In honor of the newest addition to the royal fam (coming spring 2019), we scoured the web and compiled 23 photos of the redheaded royal chilling with children. Lucky for you, since revealing the exciting pregnancy news, the couple has conveniently bumped into plenty of tiny fans recently during their official visit to Australia. But, thankfully, there's also no shortage of snapshots documenting the royal's many child-friendly interactions, dating all the way back to his teenage years. Keep scrolling to see some of Prince Harry's best moments with youngsters from around the world that foreshadow his soon-to-be-stellar parenting skills.
He won't be a regular dad—he'll be a cool royal dad.
Meghan and Harry were greeted by a curious 5-year-old, Luke Vincent, during their official Australia tour earlier today, who couldn't get enough of Harry's beard! Here, we can see the 34-year-old royal working his silly magic, which seems to be doing the trick.
So. Much. Excitement. Just look at his face! Those hands! We're smitten.
Already working on his fatherly pep talks.
Also during the pair's visit to Australia, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex crouched down to interact with Dasha Gallagher, 6, and Findlay Blue, 4, and our hearts subsequently melted.
Clearly, even as a royal, Harry never thinks twice about squatting to the same level as his mini counterparts.
During another official visit October 3, this time to Sussex, Prince Harry greeted local school children with fist bumps. Future cool dad status? Check.
Our hearts are about to explode. Harry was all smiles interacting with an excited child at the annual WellChild Awards in London September 4. The awards honor seriously ill children, as well as their families and caregivers.
Royal by day, balloon artist by night. Also during the WellChild Awards, the Prince held a pink balloon animal for Poppy Slater, who won the Inspirational Child Award.
Balloons! Sunglasses! You can't beat this level of cuteness. The Duke of Sussex celebrated the opening of The Dining Hall at Phelisanong Children’s Home in Lesotho on June 23, which was funded through Sentebale, the charity he co-founded.
Greeting a flower-bearing young girl with a polite handshake, Harry attended the Commonwealth Service (a celebration of the Commonwealth) at Westminster Abbey on March 12.
Always making time for well-wishers! Prince Harry posed for a quick photo on October 23, 2017 while paying a visit to the Sir Tom Finney Soccer Development Centre and the Lancashire Bombers Wheelchair Basketball Club in Preston, England.
Talk about the ride of a lifetime. This lucky lady, five year-old Daimy Gommers, chauffeured the Duke of Sussex during a Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge as part of the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.
Let's not forget about the notorious popcorn stealing sitch from the Sitting Volleyball Finals, also at last year's Invictus Games. Harry kept his cool while young Emily Henson, daughter of Invictus Games athlete David Henson, unashamedly helped herself to his snacks.
Add athlete to his lengthy list of accolades. A group of kids participating in a handball game through Fit and Fed, which provides free activities for children, made Prince Harry a welcome member of the team.
The Duke of Sussex hosted an event at Buckingham Palace May 13, 2017 for children who have lost parents in the armed forces. There, he bonded with a young Spiderman impersonator, three-year-old George Hinchliffe.
Harry embarked on an official visit to The Caribbean in November 2016, where he had a bit of fun with this little boy before scoping out a Turtle Conservation Project.
Clearly a pro at handling infants, Prince Harry entertained a baby in Barbados on the same trip. We hope to see this pose in action with his own child.
He also seems to be quite the interesting storyteller.
Harry ventured to Nepal for an official visit in March 2016, where he cheered up five-year-old burn victim, Pemba Sherpa, at the Kanti Children's Hospital.
He can hang with the best of 'em. Prince Harry enhanced his playground cred in April 2014, hanging (literally) with children from Gainsborough Primary school in London.
An avid attendee of the WellChild Awards ceremony, Harry smiled for photos in 2008 with the recipient of the "Best Brave Child 2-5" award, Lily Slater.
That same year, Prince Harry and soldiers from the Household Cavalry worked in Maseru, Lesotho to rebuild a school for disabled children. He took a quick break from his work to give an adorable local a little push.
Throwback to Harry's first charity trip to Lesotho in 2004, when the then 19-year-old befriended Relebohile "Mutsu" Potsane, a four-year-old orphan who won the royal's friendship. The pair remained so close, Harry even invited him to his wedding.