Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reveal Archie Reached a New Milestone in Quarantine

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s son is growing up right before our eyes. It seems like just yesterday that we were meeting Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor for the first time and now he’s already 1 year old. He has even taken his first steps — a milestone his parents said happened in the coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine.

Prince Harry, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
Prince Harry, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

The Sussexes have been quarantining in Santa Barbara, California

The Sussexes have been in the United States since March, when they moved amid the coronavirus pandemic. They spent a few months living in a lavish mansion in Los Angeles that belongs to their friend Tyler Perry before purchasing their own place in Santa Barbara.

Variety reports that Prince Harry and Meghan bought a $14 million home that features nine bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, a library, gym, game room, guesthouse, and more.

Speaking to CNN about the move, their spokesperson said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into their family home in July of this year. They have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival and hope that this will be respected for their neighbors, as well as for them as a family.”

A source told People earlier in the year that Prince Harry and Meghan were totally isolated at home during the coronavirus pandemic, enjoying time at home with just their family.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Toby Melville – WPA Pool/Getty Images

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Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor took his first steps in quarantine

Meghan and Prince Harry did a virtual interview on Oct. 11 with activist Malala Yousafzai in honor of the International Day of the Girl, where they briefly talked about their life in quarantine. Giving an update on Archie, Prince Harry shared: “We were both there for his first steps. His first run, his first fall, his first everything.”

“It’s just so fantastic — in so many ways we are fortunate to be able to have this time to watch him grow, and in the absence of COVID, we would be traveling and working more. We would miss a lot of those moments,” Meghan added. “So I think it’s been a lot of good family time.”

She also noted that she and Prince Harry have been raising Archie “in a way where everything about his nourishment is in terms of educational substance and how he can learn, how he can grow.”

Meghan Markle and Archie
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor at an event in Cape Town, South Africa in September 2019 | REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

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When the coronavirus crisis does let up, it seems like Prince Harry and Meghan will be a lot busier. In the months since leaving the royal family, they have inked several business deals, including a massive deal with Netflix to produce a variety of content. But in the meantime, they’ll likely be inside, creating more amazing memories with their family.