We Won’t See Archie Again for Some Time Following His Birthday Reading Video, Source Says

Prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry probably had big plans for their son, Archie Harrison’s first birthday. Unfortunately, California’s Stay-At-Home mandate, as well as social distancing guidelines meant that the proud parents had to drastically alter their plans.

Instead of a big blow out celebration with family and friends, we believe that the Sussexes will settle in for a slice of cake and some quality time in their Los Angeles rental home. Like the did for Queen Elizabeth II’s 94th birthday celebration, the Sussexes will probably use FaceTime and Zoom to chat with all of their loved ones.

Though we all delighted in the video of the duchess reading her son, Duck! Rabbit! one royal expert is convinced we won’t be seeing much more of Archie in the future.

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"Duck! Rabbit!" with Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex (and Harry, The Duke of Sussex behind the camera), read to their son Archie for his 1st birthday. Happy Birthday, Archie! . Thank you #DuchessMeghan for helping us to raise urgent funds for our coronavirus appeal by reading "Duck! Rabbit" by @akrfoundation, illustrated by @tlichtenheld (published by @chroniclekidsbooks). . As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, children’s lives are being turned upside down. By donating to Save with Stories, you can support the most vulnerable families in the UK and around the world by helping to provide early learning packs, supermarket vouchers, essential household items and virus protection. . Please donate today by visiting our website. Link in bio. . Or you can text STORIES to 70008 to give a one-off donation of £5. . Together, we can help families get through this. . You can only donate via text from a UK mobile. You’ll be billed £5 plus standard rate text message. We receive 100% of your donation. By texting STORIES you agree to calls about fundraising appeals, campaigns, events and other ways to support. Include NO PHONE to opt out of calls. Queries? 02070126400. Read our Privacy Policy savethechildren.org.uk/privacy The Save the Children Fund is a charity registered in England and Wales (213890) and Scotland (SC039570) . #SaveWithStoriesUK #SaveWithStories #GrowingThroughThis

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry celebrated Archie’s birthday with storytime

Though they had initially planned a birthday celebration that was to double as a”Welcome to LA” party, the Sussexes are enjoying a private birthday soiree at home. However, they did allow the public to get a peek at their adorable baby boy.

The Save the Children UK charity shared a video of Meghan reading, Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s award-winning children’s book, Duck! Rabbit! to the rambunctious one-year-old with Prince Harry cheering them on behind the camera. In the video the duke and duchess make quacking sounds to amuse their little one, and Meghan calls the little one by the adorable nickname, Arch. Archie can also be heard saying the word, “duck.” At one point he even decides he’s had enough of the book and tries to move on to another, before throwing the new book on the floor.

The video for Save the Children UK was in partnership with their Save The Stories Campaign which helps support vulnerable families and their children across the U.K. amid the pandemic.

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Wishing Archie a very happy first birthday today!

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the British royal family for Archie

Though the had several issues with the British press and public, especially when it came to continued privacy violations and the sexist and racist rhetoric spewed at Meghan, the Sussexes ultimately decided on Megxit because of their young son.

“Sometimes the right decision isn’t always the easy one,” Harry said during a leaked phone call. “And this decision certainly wasn’t the easy one but it was the right decision for our family, the right decision to be able to protect my son.”

We won’t see much of Archie going forward

The Sussexes used a charity as a clever way to showcase their baby boy. However, it had been nearly seven months since we’d last Archie out and about. Now one royal expert says we should expect to see only Archie every now and again.

“Even after lockdown is lifted they plan to keep him away from the cameras,” a source told Vanity Fair’s royal correspondent Katie Nicholl. “They want him to have an ordinary childhood away from the cameras.”

For the Sussexes, raising Archie outside of the royal family will mean giving him as normal of a childhood as they possibly can.