How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal baby ‘can heal divided Britain’

It was a smile which said “at long, long last, I’m a daddy”.

Prince Harry looked every inch the proud father as he spoke lovingly about his new-born son and his pride in his wife, the Duchess of Sussex.

Not long afterwards, the man who almost stole the show at their wedding, the Reverend Michael Curry tweeted: “The Jewish tradition reminds us that the birth of every child is a reminder that God is not finished with us yet. There is hope.”

Every baby brings hope for the future, but this one brings more than most.

It’s a lot of pressure to put on a baby that’s barely hours old, but Baby Sussex brings the kind of hope Britain needs right now as Brexit splits a nation in which there is ever more division and ever more race hate.


Cast your mind back a year to May, 2018, when Harry and Meghan were married at Windsor Castle.

It was the most diverse and inclusive Royal Wedding anyone had ever seen.

Mother of the bride Doria Ragland, an African American woman with dreadlocks, held on to the arm of her daughter’s new father-in-law Prince Charles, the future king of England, as he walked her down the chapel steps afterwards.

Rev Curry delivered an unforgettable sermon which had senior members of the Royal Family trying to stifle giggles. He spoke about slavery and quoted the late, great Martin Luther King Jnr.

Then there was the incredible Kingdom Choir, led by the brilliant Karen Gibson.

It was truly a historic occasion, where there was something for everyone.

It was followed, a few weeks later, by the World Cup in Russia at which England did the country proud under the leadership of manager Gareth Southgate.

Again, diversity and inclusion were at the heart of the team. The Three Lions symbolised everything that was great about our modern country in a way they hadn’t done before.

But, in the months that have followed, the warm fuzzy feeling has sadly become a distant memory.

The optimism of last summer has been replaced by division and fighting that sometimes feels like it’s never going to end.

You can’t turn on the news, radio or even, dare I say, open a paper, without people arguing about the result of the 2016 referendum and whether we should remain in or leave Europe.

Things are no better in America – which matters because Baby Sussex is half American after all.

The optimism of the Obama White House, has been replaced by bitter conflict fuelled by Twitter-obsessed President Donald Trump.

He presides over a country where black people, often unarmed young men, are still being killed by police and their families get no justice.

A country where, when a white woman was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, her family was promised £15.5million in compensation.

A country where Colin Kaepernick, the American footballer and political activist who kneeled rather than stood during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner to protest against racism and oppression, hasn’t played since 2016.

But Baby Sussex hasn’t only been born into a world in which there are searing political and racial divisions, he’s been born into a world undergoing unprecedented environmental change.

Sir David Attenborough has called it “humanity’s greatest threat in thousands of years”. Last month, Extinction Rebellion brought parts of London to a standstill as they forced the issue of climate change on to the agenda.

It’s the younger generation who are taking the lead in the fight against global warming. And Baby Sussex will be part of that generation, again hoping to change the word for the better.

Harry and Meghan have already proved themselves to be a thoroughly modern couple who do things “their way”, even if it means ruffling a few feathers.

The charities that they’ve chosen to be associated with – from the Grenfell Tower tragedy to mental health – show they are in touch with modern Britain.

So it may be wishful thinking, but wouldn’t it be great if the birth of their son is able to reignite some of that wonderful spirit from last summer?

That spirit which saw the whole nation cheer when Harry arrived with big brother Prince William and made his way nervously into St George’s Chapel as he awaited his mixed-raced American bride-to-be.

Like the royal couple, we should be looking forwards not backwards and trying to make the country better for his generation.

I, for one, look forward to seeing the baby pictures in a few days’ time.

I can’t think of a better symbol of hope for modern Britain.

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