Royal fans can expect a rare special gift in honor of Archie Harrison’s upcoming first birthday. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be releasing a new photo of their son to celebrate him turning one next month. “You can expect to see him,” a spokesperson for the couple told the Sunday Times. Meghan and Harry seem to be following in Prince William and Kate Middleton’s footsteps. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge mark their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis’ birthdays by releasing new photos.
Unlike William and Kate who have their Kensington Royal account, it’s unclear how Meghan and Harry will share the new image of Archie since they are no longer using their Sussex Royal platform. With their decision to step back from royal life, Archie’s parents said goodbye to their personal social media account because there are specific UK government rules surrounding the use of the word “royal.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their first child on May 6, 2019 at London’s Portland Hospital. Since his birth, Archie has been largely kept out of the spotlight. The last time royal watchers saw a new photo of Meghan’s son was on December 31. At the time, an adorable snapshot of Archie and Harry in Canada was included in Sussex Royal’s 2019 year-in-review video.
Earlier this month, the Duke and Duchess revealed the inspiration behind their son’s moniker while confirming the name of their new foundation, Archewell. “Before SussexRoyal came the idea of ‘arche’ — the Greek word meaning ‘source of action,’” the couple told The Telegraph. “We connected to this concept for the charitable organization we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son’s name. To do something of meaning, to do something that matters. Archewell is a name that combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes the deep resources we each must draw upon.”
Archie and his parents have been enjoying “family time” while self-isolating in their new home, Los Angeles. The Sussexes recently relocated from Vancouver Island to Meghan’s native L.A. Back in January, Dr. Jane Goodall revealed that Harry does not want his son to grow up the same way he did. Jane told BBC Radio 4 Today’s Mishal Husain: “I know that Prince Harry really felt constrained and he desperately wants little Archie to grow up away from all the pomp and royalty. I know that.”