Prince Harry and wife Meghan have been given an award for their ‘enlightened decision’ to have just two children.

Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, are the proud parents of Archie Harrison, who was born in 2019, and Lilibet Diana, who was born this year.

The couple previously confirmed they planned on having a maximum of two kids to try and reduce the impact on the planet.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Now, charity Population Matters have hailed the couple as positive role models for opting to have a small family.

In a statement the charity said: “To mark World Population Day 2021 on 11 July, we are giving awards to individuals and organisations across the globe for their progressive, effective and brave work promoting reproductive rights, defending the environment, and enlightening the public about the challenges we face and the solutions that are available!

“Having a smaller family reduces our impact on the Earth, and provides a better chance for all our children, their children and future generations to flourish on a healthy planet.

“We commend the Duke and Duchess for taking this enlightened decision, and for affirming that a smaller family is also a happy family.”

The couple will be given ÂŁ500 to donate to a charity of their choice to coincide with the UN’s World Population Day on 11 July.

Harry has previously said he and his wife will limit the number of children they have to two.

In an interview with Dr Jane Goodall for Vogue back in 2019, the Duke said: “I think, weirdly, because of the people that I’ve met and the places that I’ve been fortunate enough to go to, I’ve always had a connection and a love for nature. I view it differently now, without question.

“I’ve always wanted to try and ensure that, even before having a child and hoping to have children…”

The famed conservationist jumped in to say she hoped the couple weren’t planning on having ‘too many’ children.

To which Harry replied: “Two, maximum!

“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.”

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