He again touched on the issue of race during his discussion with Dr. Goodall, discussing behaviors passed down from parents to children.
“Just as stigma is handed down from generation to generation, your perspective on the world and on life and on people is something that is taught to you,” the prince said.
For centuries, having several children meant that royals could ensure a steady line of succession. Queen Victoria had nine children, although her successors didn’t quite follow suit. Queen Elizabeth II had four, and each of her children had two of their own. Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, have three children — who are, among the queen’s great-grandchildren, highest in the line of succession.
Prince Harry’s statement about his own plans for children and his candid statement about racism are likely to agitate British tabloids, which scrutinize even the smallest details of royal family life.
“Is this the same Harry who uses helicopters to go from London to Birmingham & whose wife uses celebrity mates’ private jets to cross the Atlantic?” Piers Morgan, a tabloid writer and broadcaster, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday in response to the news.
Alison Phillips, the editor of the Daily Mirror, a tabloid, weighed in by saying that “many people won’t like this from Prince Harry but no doubt this is the conversation our children and grandchildren will be having in future.”
Last month, The Sun newspaper published a list of rules that it said the couple’s staff had distributed to their neighbors in Windsor, offering guidance on interacting with the Sussexes and their child.
In an emailed statement at the time, a spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace said, “The Duke and Duchess didn’t request this, didn’t know about it, and had nothing to do with the content or guidance offered.”