Will Archie Harrison Make a Public Appearance Before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Exit Becomes Official?
The son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor — has only made a few brief public appearances since his birth on May 6, 2019. Now that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are preparing to officially step down from their positions as senior royals, many fans are wondering if they will see Baby Archie before the March 31st separation date.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want to raise Archie Harrison as a private citizen
Before Markle gave birth to Archie Harrison, she and Prince Harry made it clear that they were going to do things different than Prince William and Kate Middleton. Markle didn’t deliver at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, which meant she and Prince Harry avoided the traditional photocall outside of the hospital.
And, when the couple revealed their son’s name, they didn’t include any royal titles. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduced Archie to the world on their own terms, and the couple has since revealed that they plan to raise their son as a “private citizen.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle post pics of their first-born child on social media for special occasions and holidays. And, he made his royal debut during the Sussexes royal tour of Africa in the fall of 2019.
However, since Prince Harry and Markle’s made their shocking announcement in early January that they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family, Archie Harrison has been in hiding.
The Sussexes want a private life in Canada
According to The Express, the Duke and Duchess’ decision to “split rank” with the royal family came not long after Markle gave birth to Archie Harrison. The hope is that by splitting their time between the UK and Canada, Archie can avoid the spotlight and pursue a “normal” life.
During their upcoming 12-month transition period, the couple said that they will still need security to protect themselves and their son.
“It is agreed that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to require effective security to protect them and their son,” read a recent statement from the couple. “This is based on The Duke’s public profile by virtue of being born into the Royal Family, his military service, the Duchess’ own independent profile, and the shared threat and risk level documented specifically over the last few years.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a few more royal duties scheduled before the March 31 separation date, but the chances of Archie Harrison joining them for any of those engagements is slim.
Archie Harrison appearance possibilities
Baby Archie will turn one year old on May 6. If Prince Harry and Meghan Markle continue their habit of posting pics on special occasions, fans will probably get the chance to see new images of the royal tot.
Public appearances will be extremely rare, but there is a chance he could attend the royal wedding of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on May 29. He’s still too young to be part of the ceremony, but Archie might have a seat in the crowd with his parents.
Trooping the Colour in June is another opportunity for Archie to make a public appearance. Prince Louis made his royal debut with his family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the summer of 2019. Archie Harrison will be roughly the same age for this year’s ceremony.
Royal expert Zoe Bonser says that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle should make Archie’s relationships with his royal family a priority.
“Everyone has busy lives and the Royal Family have a lot more commitments than most so it’ll be tricky managing everyone’s diaries to create a time for a family reunion that suit,” admitted Bonser. “However, they need to prioritize so that Archie Harrison can form a relationship with his cousins and grandparents in the UK. They are in a very unique position and the bond he will have with his cousins needs to be strong to support them through the royal world they are brought up in.”