Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s First Birthday Plans for Archie Were Ruined, Claims Insider

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex reportedly had some very different plans for Archie’s first birthday — but, given the coronavirus (COVID-19) recommendations to quarantine and practice social distancing, those plans had to change. Like many other people with birthday parties, weddings, and other events on their calendars, their celebrations aren’t shaking out the way anyone had hoped.

Prince Harry, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Prince Harry, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor | Toby Melville – Pool/Getty Images

The Sussexes were rumored to celebrate Archie’s birthday in the UK

It was believed that Prince Harry and Meghan would be returning to the UK for a visit soon and would celebrate Archie’s big day with family. “Plans have changed,” a source told E! News.

The insider continued, “I think the hope in royal circles had been that the Sussexes would return to the UK in May, either before or after their attendance at the Invictus Games in The Netherlands next month, and they were also due to attend the queen’s birthday parade, Trooping the Colour on June 13.”

“But with both those events now canceled, and Harry and Meghan holed in California where they are likely to be social distancing for the next few weeks, Archie is set to celebrate his first birthday with only his parents,” the source added.

They hope to spend Archie’s birthday with Meghan’s mother

Hopefully, the Sussexes will reunite with the royal family when things return to normal and the coronavirus pandemic is well behind everyone. “The hope had been that Archie’s first birthday would somehow be marked with some members of the royal family, cousins, grandparents and some godparents in the UK when they were over in the UK,” the insider shared.

That would have meant some quality time with Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their three children, but that’s now been put on hold.

If social distancing guidelines relax at some point, it’s believed that the Sussexes will “possibly” celebrate Archie’s birthday with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, who lives in Los Angeles.

Archie’s latest milestones were revealed

Archie’s first birthday is May 6 and, as he approaches the celebration of his first year, new reports share his latest developmental milestones.

“I spoke to someone who had been sent a video of Archie a few weeks back. He said that he is super cute and a really, really happy little boy,” royal expert Katie Nicholl told ET Online. “He’s burbling and sort of desperate to talk, but certainly already mastered cruising and is well on his way to walking. He may even be walking already. I was told very cute, very, very happy, and very confident little boy.”

The Sussexes, she noted, are social distancing in a rented “ocean-facing villa” in Malibu and are believed to be working on their new organization, Archewell, the details of which they announced last week.

“This isn’t a couple that like to sit still and do nothing. I’m told they’re really quite busy. …They are hard at work,” Nicholl noted. “I was told that the couple were not planning to release the new name of their foundation, Archewell, for a couple of weeks or certainly until the spotlight was not on the coronavirus pandemic.”

She continued, “But they were pipped to the post by a British newspaper who managed to obtain documents that they had filed in the U.S. last month trademarking, copyrighting the name Archewell. They really felt that they didn’t want a load of speculation out there. They want the focus to be on the coronavirus pandemic. They personally felt quite awkward that they’d been forced into making a statement about something they weren’t quite ready to share with the world.”