Happy birthday, Archie! Queen poignantly shares birthday greetings for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son who she’s not been able to see for at least 18 months
- Prince Harry and Meghan’s son Archie celebrates his second birthday today
- Royal Family led social media well-wishes with an Instagram post
- Shared a photo of Harry and Meghan when they announced their son’s birth
- Added a short caption wishing Archie a ‘very happy 2nd birthday today’
The Queen has led well-wishes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor on his second birthday.
The official Royal Family Instagram account shared a photo of Harry and Meghan introducing their son to the world at Windsor Castle in May 2019.
The caption reads: ‘Wishing Archie Mountbatten-Windsor a very happy 2nd birthday today.’ It is almost identical to the one shared for Princess Charlotte’s sixth birthday last week.
The day will be particularly poignant for his great-grandmother the Queen, who has not seen Archie for at least 18 months.
The official Royal Family Instagram account shared a photo of Harry and Meghan introducing their son to the world at Windsor Castle in May 2019 along with a sweet caption
The toddler, who is seventh-in-line to the throne, was last in the UK in the autumn of 2019, before the Sussexes left to spend Christmas in Canada.
On Archie’s first birthday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a video of him reading a book with his mother in support of Save The Children but it remains to be seen if fans will be given a fresh glimpse of the toddler today.
Harry and Meghan have kept Archie out of the spotlight and public photographs in recent months, choosing to keep his face hidden in their illustrated Christmas card and leaving him out of the pregnancy announcement.
It is in stark contrast to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who release birthday portraits of their children each year.
Harry and Meghan, who are expecting their second child together, are expected to celebrate Archie’s birthday privately in California.
On Archie’s first birthday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a video of him reading a book with his mother in support of Save The Children (pictured) but it remains to be seen if fans will be given a fresh glimpse of the toddler today
It comes just days after Meghan announced details of her first children’s book, The Bench, which explores the ‘special bond between father and son’ as ‘seen through a mother’s eyes.’
It will be illustrated by bestselling Californian artist Christian Robinson, who called it a ‘celebration of the relationship between father and son.’
A publicity release said Meghan, who chose to use her title on the cover of the book, wanted the story to be told through an ‘inclusive lens’ and will feature a ‘diverse group of father and sons’.
In one illustration, a red-headed soldier wearing an American-style Army cap is seen holding his young son aloft as a woman watches on crying from a window. This is a likely reference to her and Harry, who served in Afghanistan with the Blues and Royals. The words read: ‘This is your bench, Where life will begin, For you and our son our baby, our kin’.
In another, a father and son can be seen from a birds-eye view as they rest together on a park bench.
The Queen, who has 10 great-grandchildren, has not seen Archie for at least 18 months. Pictured, Harry and Meghan with Archie, the Queen, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and the late Duke of Edinburgh in a photograph released shortly after his birth in May 2019
Meghan, who went by the pen name ‘Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex’, announced in a statement: ‘The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born.
‘That poem became this story. Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolour illustrations that capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens.
‘My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine.’
Sources close to the Duchess have revealed she has long aspired to write a children’s book and hopes to write more in the future.
They told Vanity Fair the royal ‘loves writing’ and is ‘very good at it.’
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