Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Mother’s Day Photo of Archie Honors Princess Diana in a Special Way

Happy Mother’s Day from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a special message for moms — and a sweet new photo of baby Archie. Well, his toes, anyway! They also included a small but meaningful tribute to Princess Diana.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with baby Archie
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with baby Archie | Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

A Mother’s Day greeting

Prince Harry and Markle posted the photo on Instagram this morning, showing off their newborn’s feet with mom’s hand, and the message: “Paying tribute to all mothers today — past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered.”

The caption continued: “We honor and celebrate each and every one of you. Today is Mother’s Day in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Japan, and several countries across Europe. This is the first Mother’s Day for The Duchess of Sussex.”

The Instagram post included the following quote from “lands”:

my first country;
the first place i ever lived.

A special Mother’s Day tribute to Princess Diana

The couple also included a small but significant tribute to Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, not only in the caption but also in the photo. The caption noted that they were “paying tribute to all mothers today — past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered.”

The photo of baby Archie’s feet included vibrant flowers in the background: Forget Me Nots, Princess Diana’s favorite flower.

The detail wasn’t lost on fans, with comments left including: “Are those Forget Me Nots in the background? Diana’s favourite flower? Touching. Happy Mother’s Day.”

Another royal fan wrote: “Wait! Just realised those are Princess Diana’s favourite flowers in the background. Forget Me Nots.” 

Other fans passed along their well wishes to the new mom, with notes including: “Happy Mother’s Day Meghan! Hope you’re enjoying your time with Archie” and “Happiest of Mother’s Day to you Meghan enjoy a day of rest, amazing food and love from your family and your lovely mother Doria.”

The Duchess of Sussex is no doubt enjoying the day with her newborn and husband, as she noted of the two during their photocall last week: “I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.”

Is Prince Harry missing Princess Diana on Mother’s Day?

The tribute to Princess Diana is definitely emotional, as it was recently revealed that, since the birth of his son, Prince Harry is missing his mother.

Royal correspondent Imogen Lloyd Webber noted that, during his trip to The Netherlands last week, “During a bike ride around the park Harry opened up to Dennis van der Stroon, who is a former soldier who hopes to compete in the Netherland’s Invictus team. Dennis said that Harry spoke to him about how becoming a father reminded him of his late mother.”

E! News also reported that van der Stroon shared: “He said missing a mother is like missing some kind of security, how you need that as a son and it falls away when you lose your mother.”

Prince Harry also talked about fatherhood, as van der Stroon said the Duke of Sussex “talked about how having a small child was his new focus and new goal” and that Prince Harry “said he was just amazed by the miracles in the world, and how his child has made a lot of people happy.”