Prince Harry doing his bit for climate change by having ‘maximum’ of two children with Meghan Markle
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Prince Harry doing his bit for climate change by having ‘maximum’ of two children with Meghan Markle

PRINCE HARRY is tackling climate change, one baby at a time.

The Duke of Sussex has revealed he and Meghan Markle are only planning on having a “maximum” of two children together.

Speaking with renowned activist and primatologist Jane Goodall in the September issue of British Vogue, Harry cited environmental concerns as the main reason behind the decision.

"What we need to remind everybody is: these are things that are happening now,” Harry said on the topic of climate change.

"We are already living in it. We are the frog in the water and it's already been brought to the boil. Which is terrifying."

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Speaking in the interview with Goodall, published as part of a special edition of Vogue guest edited by Meghan Markle, Harry admitted his stance on environmentalism had changed since the birth of his son and first child, Archie.

"I view it differently now, without question," he said. "But I've always wanted to try and ensure that, even before having a child and hoping to have children…"

"Not too many!" Goodall interrupted.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son, Archie

"Two, maximum!" Harry replied. "But I've always thought: this place is borrowed. And, surely, being as intelligent as we all are, or as evolved as we all are supposed to be, we should be able to leave something better behind for the next generation."

The environmental impact of having just one child stands at around 58.6 tonnes of carbon a year.

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The stereotypical view of life in Ireland often involves large families of four or more children but, in truth, the national average number of children per household stands at 1.4.

Large families have not completely disappeared from the Emerald Isle though.

As of 2018, there were 64,248 families with 4 or more children, 16,646 families with 5 or more children of which 4,845 families had 6 or more children.