Royal couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have caused an uproar following their decision to step back as senior members of the royal family, but David Beckham made sure his fellow Brit knows he’ll always have his back. In fact, the former soccer star praised the Duke of Sussex for being one incredible dad to 9-month-old son Archie.

“I think he’s enjoying being a young father for the first time and that’s what we always spoke about,” David, 44, recently gushed to Entertainment Tonight. “When you are a parent, it changes everything for you.”

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The legendary athlete — who is a proud dad himself of sons Brooklyn, 23, Romeo, 17, and Cruz, 15, as well as 7-year-old daughter Harper with longtime wife Victoria Beckham — couldn’t help but commend Harry, 35, for his dedication since welcoming baby Archie with the former Suits actress, 38, in May 2019.

“He always needs to be happy,” he insisted. “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. Every father wants to be loving to their children and that’s what I see with him.”

Although David marveled over how “proud” he is of his royal friend, the doting dad of four noted he has yet to talk to Harry about the pair’s decision to split time between the U.K. and North America. “I haven’t spoken to Harry about him moving,” he stated. “We speak as friends and that’s the most important thing for me.”

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Earlier this month, a source close to the proud parents of one, who tied the knot in May 2018, told Closer Weekly all about their new life since moving to a quaint town called Vancouver Island in Canada. “Being in the middle of nowhere surrounded by a beautiful landscape is heaven. That’s what Harry says,” the insider exclusively shared. “He finally feels at peace and has never been happier — and the same goes for Meghan.”

However, Meghan and Harry aren’t quite out of the woods just yet. “Harry and Meghan’s decision to move to North America will be reviewed by Queen Elizabeth in a year,” a separate insider told Closer. “She could easily demand that they return to London if things don’t run smoothly so they need to be on their best behavior and avoid doing anything that could upset her over the next 12 months. She’s keeping a watchful eye over them.”