The Key Reason Archie’s Public Introductions Have Been so Wildly Different From his Cousins’

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is only four months old, but he’s already had several adventures — that’s the life of a royal grandchild. This month, he traveled to Africa with his parents. Before they left, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took Archie out for a very British tradition giving fans a rare glimpse of the littlest royal. Unlike his cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, Archie doesn’t step out for many public appearances and his parents have an important reason why.

Archie Harrison’s first outing

The Brits love to hang out in the pub, and although Archie’s mom is American, they’re teaching him the British lifestyle. Earlier this month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their son on an outing to the Rose & Crown in Windsor, a small traditional pub just a short distance from Frogmore Cottage. 

While his family ate a roast dinner and daddy drank a couple of pints, Archie was reportedly a very quiet boy for the entire two-hour meal. The rest of the patrons in the pub also allowed the Sussexes to have a quiet meal. So much so, that one person wondered if anyone even recognized them. Although they did have private security and police officers with them, they were treated like any other customer at the pub. Sounds like a wonderful, relaxing meal. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle try to keep things as ‘normal’ as possible

(L) Prince Harry and (R) Meghan Markle who is holding their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
A ‘normal’ visit to the pub is right in line with what how the family wants to live | Toby Melville/Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been very vocal about wanting to live as “normal” a life as possible and especially provide a “normal” life for Archie. But it may be this desire to live normally that often makes them the subject of plenty of controversies. The latest being their use of private jets after telling the world they were passionate about saving the environment. 

Several times in the last month, Harry and Markle made comments that seemed to be lecturing the public over their duty to protect the environment. During an interview with Jane Goodall for Vogue, Harry said that he and Markle planned to have only two children “maximum” so as not to contribute to overpopulation. British citizens felt that the Duke was lecturing them, but it was also seen as a slight against his brother, Prince William, who has three children. 

A message posted to the Sussex Instagram also drew attention to the Duke and Duchess as eco-warriors. The message, posted with a collection of photos, read, “There is a ticking clock to protect our planet- with climate change, the deterioration of our natural resources, endangerment of sacred wildlife, the impact of plastics and microplastics, and fossil fuel emissions, we are jeopardizing this beautiful place we call home- for ourselves and for future generations. Let’s save it. Let’s do our part.”

After this, and several other examples of the Sussexes claiming to care about the environment, they took four private jet rides over an eleven-day period. Critics immediately jumped on the royal couple as acting hypocritically. The British people felt like the Duke and Duchess were telling them what to do, but acting like they were above all that. Something that’s not in line with the image the Sussexes try to portray.

The jet controversy, along with other PR disasters, like the list of rules the Sussexes gave their neighbors, and their general perceived attitude — acting as celebrities instead of royals — has caused the British people to turn against the couple. Royal officers are reportedly worried about the damage the Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are doing to the crown’s reputation and that begs the question: How far are they willing to go to live “normally” as members of the royal family?

Archie’s adventure in Africa

Recently, the Sussexes have landed in Africa where they’ll carry out an official tour of the continent. Everyone is hoping their work in Africa will help mend the reputation of the Duke and Duchess, especially since they’ll be showing off Archie in several stops. 

Archie is still very young, so it’s unlikely that he’ll remember much of his first tour of Africa. But it’s a place his father loves, and so he’ll probably be returning there often throughout his childhood. Archie is a very lucky baby — he’s already seen more of the world than many of us in a lifetime.

The purpose for their visit to Africa will likely mean we’ll continue to see more of Archie in a royal capacity — much like we often see his cousins. Although Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may try to stick to minimal “normal” outings while at home, there will be much more cause for official outings on this royal tour and many royal fans are eager to see more of the seemingly very happy baby.