David Beckham praises Prince Harry's parenting: 'I'm proud to see him growing up'

Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY

David Beckham is praising his friend Prince Harry.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight Wednesday, the soccer star, 44, commended the British royal for his newly adapted role as a father to son Archie.

"We love him and he's an amazing person – and that's the most important thing – but I'm proud to see him growing up as an individual and being that person that every father wants to be," Beckham said. "Every father wants to be loving to their children and that's what I see with him."

Beckham said that he hasn't talked to Harry about his move to Canada amid his step back from senior royal duties, but that the pair "speak as friends."

"I think he’s enjoying being a young father for the first time and that’s what we always spoke about. When you are a parent, it changes everything for you," Beckham continued. "He always needs to be happy."

Beckham and his wife Victoria Beckham were one of the many famous faces that attended Harry and wife Meghan's royal wedding in May 2018. This wasn't the first royal wedding for the sports star and Spice Girl. The couple also attended Prince William and Duchess Kate's nuptials in 2011.

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This also isn't the first time a celebrity has spoken out in support of Harry and his family.

In January, Jameela Jamil stood by Meghan and Harry's decision "to Markle" away from the royal family.

In an interview with Access on the Grammy Awards red carpet, the British actress spoke her mind about the couple's bombshell decision to step back as senior members of the royal family.

"Harry and Meghan – how happy are we for them to be able to live their lives and do what they want to do?" asked Access reporter Sibley Scoles.

"So happy," Jamil replied. "We stan a free woman."

The same month the royals got stamps of approval from Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King.

Speaking to TMZ, Winfrey, 66, said she supported the couple's decision to step back from their royal duties "1,000 percent."

“You know why I support them?" she said. "I support them because I believe, when you have thought about this as long as they have ... these discussions have been going on for months – and when Harry said in that charity statement the other day he had to make the decision to move forward in peace with his new family, who doesn’t feel what that takes to make that decision to give up everything you’ve known your whole life to say, 'I’m going to choose this new life or what I believe to be the truest vision for myself?' Who are any of us to stand in judgement of that?” 

King, 65, concurred, saying “They didn’t make the decision in a vacuum. There were a lot of conversations. That’s why I thought it was very unfair to say the Queen was blindsided. Even the Queen’s own statement said these conversations have been going on for months.”

Like Beckham, the television personalities are friends with the royals. Winfrey attended the couple's wedding and King attended Meghan's baby shower.

Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff, Charles Trepany

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