Surprising Royal Bedtime Stories: Princess Charlotte, Archie Harrison, More

Sophie Hamilton

A relaxing one Good night story becomes part of the nightly routine when you have kids, and it turns out royal kids are no different. In fact, some of their down-to-earth reading might surprise you. Discover the wonderful children’s classics and modern favorites chosen by Princess Eugenie, Prince Harry and more of the royal family…

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Prince William and Kate

The Duke’s children Duchess of Cambridge love good bedtime stories and, like many children, love author Julia Donaldson’s recordings. During an engagement in South Wales, Prince William told other parents how much his children are fans of his Room on the broom.

He said, “I read this to our kids all the time.” William even met the author when she received her CBE for services to literature and said to her, “You know how many parents you saved from bedtime have?” The author’s other popular book, The Gruffalo, is also a hit at his house, and during William’s meeting with her he said, “I know who you are. It’s a big hit in our household.”

Room on the broom£5.99, water stones


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Prince Charles

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone£5.99, water stones


George and Charlotte I also like to hear the adventures of Harry Potter by her grandfather, Prince Charles. During the BBC One documentary Prince, son and heir: Charles at 70, In 2018, the Duchess of Cornwall revealed that her husband has a talent for storytelling. “He reads Harry Potter and he can play all the different voices and I think the kids really appreciate that,” she said.

Archie Harrison

In a recent interview with Radio Times, Prince Harry’s friend JJ Chalmers revealed that the King’s son Archie Harrison is keen on Octonauts.

Prince Harry reads in Barbuda

The children’s program streams on Netflix but was originally based on books by Vicki Wong and Michael C. Murphy. Maybe young Archie will get a chapter or two of Octonauts before bed!

The Octonauts explore the great ocean, £6.99, Amazon


Megan Markle

Little Archie may be just a baby, but his mother, Duchess MeghanShe already knows the book she wants to read to her son. During a TV interview in 2016 Meghan Markle Rapid Fire Questions, the former actress was asked which children’s book she is dying to share with her future offspring. She replied, “The giving tree.” It’s a picture book by Shel Silverstein about a little boy and his relationship with a tree.

The giving tree£10.65, Amazon


Meghan was also asked, “If your life were a children’s book, what would it be?” The famous mom replied, “The glorious adventures of freckle-faced Meg.” We wonder if she’ll write this story someday…

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Princess Eugenie

Just married Princess Eugenie recently revealed her favorite children’s book when she appeared on her mother’s YouTube channel, Story time with Fergie and friends. The Queen revealed her most cherished story guess how much i love you by Sam McBratney, about two bunnies measuring how much they love each other. No doubt Sarah read this to Eugenie and her sister Beatrice as children – and Eugenie will share it with her own children when she becomes a mother.

guess how much i love you£6.99, water stones


Sarah Ferguson herself has written numerous children’s books, beginning with Budgie the little helicopter in 1989. Speaking to Royal Central, she said: “If I’m lucky enough to be blessed with grandchildren, it will be the finest feeling of joy for me and of course I will be making up stories for them every day.”

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