Why Baby Sussex Won’t Have Commemorative Royal Merchandise Like His Cousins

Baby Sussex is here and the whole world is celebrating. Or at least it seems like it.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was born early Monday morning. The birth was announced via the Sussex Royal Instagram page with a photo that read “it’s a boy.”

“We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019,” the caption read. “Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz.”

“The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives.”

Why won’t Archie have commemorative merchandise?

When a royal baby is born, people like to celebrate. Often that is done through purchasing commemorative items surrounding the event. When each of Prince William’s three children was born, the Royal Collection Trust released new baby-themed items for people to purchase.

But since the birth of Archie, there have been no new items released.

“We have no new ranges to announce,”a spokesperson for the Royal Collection Trust told The Independent.

This could be due to the fact that Markle and Harry have decided to have their baby in a much more private manner than Harry’s older brother.

What other ways have Markle and Harry broken away from tradition?

This turn away from the usual way things are done shouldn’t be a surprise at all coming from Markle and Harry. The couple has proven time and time again that they like to do things their own way and will not be pressured to do otherwise.

Instead of taking pictures on the hospital steps after giving birth like William’s wife, Kate Middleton, Harry and Markle decided that they wanted to have the baby’s first moments be kept private and not pose for pictures immediately after he was born.

Markle also chose not to give birth at The Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital where royal women have been going for decades. Instead, she chose to give birth at a hospital closer to her new home, Frogmore Cottage.

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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe – from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.

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What commemorative items can be bought from the Royal Collection Shop?

While you may not be able to buy any Archie themed items through the Royal Trust, some of Prince Louis’ items that were released in 2018 are still available. You can purchase his Royal Baby Commemorative Pill Box for
£35.00 or his Royal Baby Commemorative Plate for £24.50.

If you’d like something more Markle and Harry-themed, you can still buy the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Royal Wedding Mug that is engraved with the couple’s initials.

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