Dear Royal Baby: Be A Warrior Prince


When you are born a prince, like the newborn Prince of Cambridge, there are a lot of ways to live your life.

You can be a Prince Charming, wooing the ladies. You can be an Evil Prince, scheming for the throne. You can be a Wise Prince, living with melancholy and sadness. Or a Rebel Prince, born to privilege and given to sneering.

Personally, I think you ought to plan to head for Warrior Prince territory, Baby Prince. Not only do you get to look cute in the uniform, you get to take part in the battle yourself.  That’s the life you should be aiming for.

Since you are a member of the British Royal family, you are required to serve in the military anyway. Your very birth was marked by a 41-gun royal salute from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. All Her Majesty’s ships, at home or abroad, are flying the Royal Navy Ensign flag to mark the occasion. That is so cool. You have job security!

Here are some things I think you need to keep in mind for your ultimate awesomeness:

Hold out for a cool name. I know everyone is expecting you to be named George or James. But as a warrior prince, I’m thinking you should angle for King Arthur or King Leonidas. Granted, you probably won’t be king until you are an old man, but Warrior Princedom goes much better if your name is not … say, Sheldon.

Drink a lot of milk. Whether your mom decides on breast or bottle. Plan to up your calcium intake. Toting a weapon requires a strong bones, so start early.

Learn to love running. Walking is for babies. What you wanna do is run. Scoff at your toddler peers when they get all addicted to their alligator shaped rain boots. Hold out for your own combat boots. You wanna get used to running in those early so you can be like those lean, sinewy infantry guys who can run for three days without getting tired.

Study something. Your family already has princes who have been in the infantry or flown helicopters, but they don’t have a single submariner. Think of how cool it would be if you studied really hard and understood nuclear physics. How Warrior Prince is that?? You could skulk around under the Atlantic worrying people with your intentions.

Plan your badassitude.Who knows what the future holds? While we have great need for thoughtful, gentle intellectuals in world politics, maybe there is some room for being a little badass in the right way. Consider going a little Lord of the Rings on us and become an Aragorn or Legolas. Think of the hair!

Listen to your Uncle. If your Uncle Harry ever tells you that a certain Warrior Prince thing you want to do isn’t gonna fly, believe him. He probably knows.

Be good to your mama. You don’t need a mom to be in the military, but it is always good to have at least one person in the world who actually likes you no matter how bad you smell. The Duchess of Cambridge could put together a prodigious care package if pressed.

And if you are going to be a Warrior Prince bringing peace to the nations you are going to need a lot of care packages before you get to happily ever after.

About the Author

Jacey Eckhart
Jacey Eckhart is the former Director of Spouse and Family Programs for Since 1996, Eckhart’s take on military families has been featured in her syndicated column, her book The Homefront Club, and her award winning CDs These Boots and I Married a Spartan?? Most recently she has been featured as a military family subject matter expert on NBC Dateline, CBS morning news, CNN, NPR and the New York Times. Eckhart is an Air Force brat, a Navy wife and an Army mom. Find her at
  • Cute post!!!

  • Chris

    Stupid article…… BTW name him Shaka Zulu Windsor

  • bbert

    British royalty are not required to serve in the military, but are are often granted titular honorifics as patrons, such as “honorary colonel-in-chief”. Many have indeed served, but on their own decision.

  • Ruby

    This was a fun post! But seriously, although hereditary nobility is not something we go for in the States, what I do appreciate about Britain’s royal family is that their elite have continued the tradition of military service. It was not uncommon here in the past, but for the last two or three generations, there’s been a great divorce between our elite leadership class and military service. It’s to the detriment of us all: we need leaders with a better understanding of the hardships of military service, to say nothing of the basic common sense and pragmatism you learn from sorting out logistics for a training exercise (or actual operation) or organizing a carrier deck. You don’t learn that kind of thing at Harvard Law. It’s to the detriment of our leaders as well, they don’t know what they are missing. It was an honor and a privilege to spend a few years in uniform. It was also frequently a blast, and I got to live and work with the best people this country has to offer. It’s no rose garden, but I do highly recommend that anyone planning to become a CEO or a Senator do their time.


    WIlliam II

  • Kevin

    Makes me “think.”

  • sandra

    Wow – so the three US soldiers that were killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday got a few lines on, down in the bottom. But this article gets headline billing over those soldiers’ lives? Wow. Wow wow wow. What a sad sad state our nation is in when we ignore the deaths of our sons and daughters and get excited about this stuff.

    • Kevin

      Sandra, we’ve been giving more coverage to American Idol than the deaths in our military for years.. Nothing new.

  • sabrinacking

    I am in the “who gives two flying squirrel Fs” camp about this baby. Its part and parcel with our first world problems, Kardashian crazy culture. I expect to see that sort of thing all over the media…but not here. Also, the connotation of a Warrior Prince is just weird. What do you want the kid to be Attila the Hun? I for one am tired of war and would like to see a Diplomatic Prince. Suffice it to say the only thing we can be sure of is he is a Half Blood Prince (since the mommy is not of royal blood). Maybe JK Rowling can write his autobiography….

  • Larry P.

    Come on Folks its America….We have a Fast Food mentality…What was last weeks flavor…Oh yeah George Zimmerman……

  • Drink a lot of milk. Whether your mom decides on breast or bottle. Plan to up your calcium intake. Toting a weapon requires a strong bones, so start early.