Duchess Meghan reads to Archie on his first birthday, in a Save the Children video

I still wonder what the original, pre-coronavirus plans were for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I still strongly suspect that they would have spent May and June making a series of launches and announcements, from their new Instagram to their new foundation to their business plans. I still believe that the OG plans probably involved posting new photos or videos of Archie Harrison on their own social media for Archie’s first birthday. But we’re here now and Harry & Meghan are rolling with the punches. For Master Archie’s first birthday (today), we were promised some new glimpse of him. We got it in the form of a video of Meghan reading Duck! Rabbit! to Archie, which was posted on Save the Children UK’s Instagram page. From the IG:

Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex reads “Duck! Rabbit!” for Archie’s birthday

“Duck! Rabbit!” with Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex (and Harry, The Duke of Sussex behind the camera), read to their son Archie for his 1st birthday. Happy Birthday, Archie!
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[From Save the Children UK’s Instagram]

Archie is adorable, by the way. He still looks just like Harry. I’m still a tad surprised – given Meghan’s small frame – that Archie ended up such a big, chonky baby. He is well-fed! Also, I find it *interesting* that Meghan did the video this way, with Archie on her lap, perhaps hiding a small baby bump?

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Other royal houses posted birthday messages to Archie as well:

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  1. Belli says:

    Archie saying “dadada” at the end really got me straight in the heart!

    I hope he has a happy birthday!

    • Tessa says:

      Darling child.

    • Olenna says:

      Yes, that “dadada” was too cute, and Meghan’s “That’s a rabbit”, while looking at dada was too funny.

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      Meghan’s father is huge and large-boned @Kaiser. Thomas Markle Sr also has a brother who is nearly 7 ft tall reportedly. Meghan’s father is where Archie gets his size. Even as a baby, I thought Archie’s feet were large for a few days old newborn, and he also has sizable limbs and a large head too. Harry is not a shrimp either — he’s tall and lanky, just as his mother, Diana. I won’t be surprised to see Archie always the biggest in his class and to see him grow even taller than Harry. He will surely tower over Meghan. 😊

      The video is really sweet. Meghan looks very comfortable handling Archie, but he’s obviously a handful. She seems to have the reading to a busy toddler downpat though. And Harry heard off-camera is clearly doting and adoring toward both his wife and his son.

      Archie’s attention-span was quite busy, but he did seem to like fiddling with the book and hearing Meghan make the animal noises. It was cute seeing Archie tackle the book and start chewing on it once Meghan finished. And then Archie looks at Harry and says ‘Da da da…’ like most one-year-olds tend to do. LOL 😍

      Archie’s hair is not coming in too fast, and it looks to be more of a reddish, darkish brown at the moment. The thing is, he will probably look completely different again when we see him next. He doesn’t look so much like the Christmas and New Year pictures we saw.

      I don’t think Archie looks exactly like Harry. He has Harry’s coloring at this stage (pale red), and he has Harry’s forehead and ears. Archie’s eyes, nose, lips and size are from Meghan’s side of the family. Meghan took after Doria’s small-boned frame, luckily. But she passed on a lot of her father’s ‘large-framed’ genes I think, to Archie.

      • Yvette says:

        Prince Harry is 6’1″ tall and Prince William is 6’3″ tall. It’s possible Archie’s height (and girth) comes from Prince Harry’s side of the family. Remember George as a baby? Diana was 5’10″ tall and her brother (Charles, Earl of Spencer) is 6’3″ tall.

        I don’t know, I just think that Meghan would be taller than 5’6″ if Thomas Markle’s genes were that dominant in her makeup (and yes, I’m aware that Paternal Genes are more dominant in offspring than maternal genes).

      • L84Tea says:

        That’s quite an assessment. When did you manage to see Archie’s newborn feet?

      • Lady D says:

        The Sussex’s published a Mother’s Day photo of his few-day-old feet and Princess Diana’s favourite flower, the forget-me-not.

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        ^^ Yes, thanks @Lady D. The famous photo is still on M&H’s old Instagram page. I noticed then how large Archie’s feet were, and it registered later when we saw how big he was, even at four months old.

        @Yvette said:
        “… It’s possible Archie’s height (and girth) comes from Prince Harry’s side of the family.”

        Height for sure is on both the Markle and Spencer sides, but height and girth are undeniably coming chiefly from Thomas Markle Sr! Markle also has brothers who are quite tall and large-framed.

        I’m not sure what you mean by ‘paternal genes being dominant in offspring.’ I doubt very much that’s true. It doesn’t matter how tall Meghan is, she can still pass on huge size traits from her father to her son.

      • pottymouth pup says:

        height is the product of additive alleles. My brother barely eeks 5’8″ my SIL is 5 feet tall, their oldest was a very long ( Tall) baby and, based on bone measurements, was expected to be a all adult, He’s 18 and I think he’s 6 feet tall. Their younger son is more petite

      • BabsORIG says:

        @songbirds_thrive, I see where you are trying to lead this thread to, but NO you have no idea whom this child got his predominant genes from. It could well be from his father Harry more so than from the distant relative grandfather Thomas Markle. If Meghan looked like her father, then yeah I could see her pass on some of those looks but she looks nothing like her father (of course other than the light skin), Meghan looks like her mother. And if we are arguing grandparents dominant genes expressed in their grandchildren, let’s consider that Prince Charles is Archie’s grand father too, so he could have taken after prince Charles no? And Archie looks nothing like Harry but looks more like Meghan’s side of the family? Uhm okay, LOL x1000. The fact is, no one knows who’s genes are predominantly being expressed in Archie, that needs science and biology to determine. What we all do know though is Harry (who is Archie’s father) a tall guy and he DID pass on his genes to his son Archie, case closed. No need to twist ourselves into pretzels, or over reach to make sure we drive the point home about how Archie is a carbon copy of Thomas Markle (RME).

      • Yvette says:

        @songbirds_thrive, I again point out how very big Prince George was as a baby. Remember how this Blog and Lainey always referred to George as Big George or Big G? People seem to have forgotten that and now view Archie as the biggest royal baby they’ve ever seen. Just scroll back and look at photos of Big, Cranky George as a baby (sorry, but that’s what I remember most about George’s early childhood, that he was Big and nearly always cranky). Archie has nothing on Big G. :)

      • Heather says:

        My daughter was a huge baby. She was 9lbs at birth and was a big rolly poly chunk of a baby. Fast forward to now, aged 16. She is 5’4″ and 110lbs, a pre-professional ballerina, and quite petite overall. The size a child is as a baby has no bearing on how big they’ll be later on.
        Archie is absolutely adorable, as was his birthday video overall. I loved the “dadada” at the end. So sweet.

    • Travelin says:

      He is absolutely adorable but really Songbird to say this-

      “Height for sure is on both the Markle and Spencer sides, but height and girth are undeniably coming chiefly from Thomas Markle Sr!”

      His Girth comes from Thomas Markle? He is a baby! A sweet chunky perfectly healthy baby. To imply that he is obese or any other implication of girth is from his estranged grandparent is so mean spirited. And you make it clear in another quote that ”luckily” Meghan got her mother’s small boned genes.

      Yikes

      • Tessa says:

        HE may look more like Charles. I am puzzled at some comments that I read that pigeon hole Archie into looking like his maternal grandfather.

      • PrincessK says:

        While we are all piling…..l think he’s got Charles ears….

  2. Abby says:

    He is adorable😍😍

    • VS says:

      He is indeed adorable

      My goodness, I thought Archie would look like Meghan!!! instead he is all Harry now……I hope Meghan gets her revenge if they ever have a second kid

      • Ali says:

        Archie is Harry’s twin.

      • VS says:

        @Ali — you are right; that means he has the Windsor genes (I know he would have had them anyway) but I had hoped it would have taken more after Meghan not Harry…..oh well, Meghan gave birth to a duplicate of her husband

      • AnnaKist says:

        Genes are strange things. We have a Maori friend who married an Australian lady. They had a daughter. Until she was about 15, she was the spitting image of her mum – lean and very blonde, with waist-length curly hair and light coffee complexion. They packed up and moved to America. About 112 years later, he came back for a visit, saying his daughter had moved back home for work. He showed us photos of his nowgrown-up daughter. She looks nothing like her mum now, but like his side of the family – curvy, darker skinned, with jet black hair, and still gorgeous.

        Archie will likely look more like his mum as he gets older and the melanin builds up.

      • Emmitt says:

        Archie likely will not get too much darker. I don’t know why people are on a melanin watch with this child.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        @ Annakist

        112 years later? And she still came back alive AND gorgeous? 🙃

      • bluemoonhorse says:

        I’ve swung from looking like my father to my mother, to my sister. These things keep evolving as you age. I expect the same with Archie.

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        Again, this happens all the time when people look at one overall feature or see a few features and think that means the child looks exactly like one of their parents. We put too much emphasis on skin color. I say that from experience in my own family made up of people with various different skin color shades. Everyone thought my younger sister’s first child looked like her because they are both fair-skinned, and her husband was a darker brown. In actuality, their older child looked quite a bit like Dad, except for being fair-skinned, like Mom (my sister). LOL

        Archie is pale red like his Dad. He has Harry’s ears, head shape and forehead, but Meghan’s eye coloring, nose and lips. As well, a lot of people may not be noticing that although Archie’s eyes are dark like Meghan’s, they are not deep-set. Meghan has deep-set eyes which she gets from her father, but the dark brown color is from the Ragland side.

        A big difference between Harry and Archie is not only eye color, but also the fact that Archie’s eyes are wider-spaced and not deep-set. Harry has deep-set eyes that are very close together, a European trait which Harry gets from his father and his grandfather, Philip. I think Archie’s eye shape, spacing and color are like his grandfather Ragland’s eyes. Plus Archie definitely has Meghan’s nose and lips.

        We’ll for sure see more changes in Archie as he grows. Babies are quite unpredictable. 😊

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        @Ali said:

        “Archie is Harry’s twin.”

        LOL. Archie slightly resembles Harry’s baby pictures, but not in the nose, eyes and lips details, just the head, forehead and pale red coloring details. They are not twins, which will probably become even more obvious as Archie grows. As we know, babies are unpredictable. But obviously Archie Harrison is Harry’s son.

        @VS said:
        “… I thought Archie would look like Meghan!!! instead he is all Harry now……”

        Archie has simlar traits to both of his parents. Look more closely to distinguish the details.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I’ve heard (take with a grain of salt) that most babies look more like their fathers at birth as nature’s way of assigning paternity.

      • BabsORIG says:

        @Songbirds_thrive, everyone sees differently, your assessment and/or view can’t be the ONLY accurate and correct one no? If you see what you see in Archie, someone else sees Harry in the kid, why is it so important for to you to challenge every single post that says the kid looks like his father? Is it that important to drive the point home that Archie looks like Thomas Markle? If so, why is it so? You see Thomas, everyone else sees Harry, I don’t think Archie looks like any of the above, it’s all good. My goodness.

      • PrincessK says:

        l think that he has Meghan’s eyes.

    • Becks says:

      Sweet chunky baby!. This video is super cute, I love how he is trying to turn the pages on his own, lol.

    • DarlingDiana says:

      The whole thing was really cute! Archie is precious.

    • BabsORIG says:

      I’m just dying to know how much this video collected in terms of donations. Of course Archie is a very cute baby and it was so nice of the Sussexes to share him with us today. But I am truly moved by how these two continue to make a difference for the better in other people’s lives. Their charities must be so proud to have such thoughtful, passionate and compassionate patrons.

      • PrincessK says:

        Yes, l was hugely impressed by the originality and naturalness of the video, which was a lovely surprise for all of us. The fact that it raises money is a wonderful bonus.

  3. Rae says:

    He is a big baby! The Da-da-da at the end…squee.

    ETA: props to them for keeping to low key.

    • LadyMTL says:

      He is a little chonky boy, and he’s adorable. My brother and SIL had a baby girl late last fall, and she’s developing the same look…I love it. (My SIL is maybe a size 2, so it’s kinda hilarious to see her with this roly-poly baby.)

    • minx says:

      I love big babies! They’re so pinchable.

  4. Becks1 says:

    Happy birthday to Archie!!

    I love this video. Its just so…..normal/natural. Any mother can sympathize with trying to read a book to babies and they chew them, grab them, wont sit still – you just need them to sit quietly for TWO MINUTES for the photos or the video or whatever and they refuse to do that, they want to squirm and reach etc. I love that Meghan’s hair looks like she might have just gotten out of the shower or pool. I love that she’s wearing shorts, that Harry is cracking up behind the camera, I love that Archie is just in a onesie….its just so adorable.

    I saw some comments about how sad it is that the other accounts aren’t using a more recent picture, but I’m sure they were asked not to, to use other pictures that had been released before. The one from KP though…..

    • ArtHistorian says:

      Regarding the pictures on the various Royal insta accounts – they all chose previously released pictures, which may be because they are official (or maybe because they don’t have any other pics with Archie and the various RF members). The CH account showed a pic with Charles and Archie (+ Harry), which makes sense since it his official account. The same with the RF account where it is the Queen and Philip with Archie, his parents and his maternal grand-mother. I assume that is the Queen’s official account. The KP account released a group picture from the christening, which I find only slightly odd. It would have been a bit more personal if they had released a pic where it was just Will and Kate with Archie and his parents. I wonder if any such pics exist – or that any was taken at this event.

      I do think that it is intentional that all the pics chosen were from official photos since Meghan and Harry appear to want to be the ones who control when and where private pics of Archie is released since they are his parents.

      • Becks1 says:

        Yes, exactly. I doubt its because there are no other pictures of the family with Archie (although maybe there aren’t.) To me its clear they were asked to use only those previously released pictures (and yes, The Royal Family is the queen’s account). I find the KP one odd because its such a formal picture compared to the other two, and unlike the other two, it shows no interaction between the account owners (Cambridges) and Archie.
        But, if they wanted to only use an official previously released picture, that would be all they had.

      • Carrie says:

        Yes, especially after that calendar at the beginning of the year titled Kate’s cuties ended up with Archie’s photos included. Very weird.

    • rawiya says:

      I, personally, don’t believe that any other photos exist except the ones posted. Perhaps there’s an informal Charles/Archie floating around, but I can’t see there being a Cambridge/Archie photo…if I’m being nice, I’ll say there *may* be one with the kids only, but that one’s going to be held on until good PR is needed.

    • S808 says:

      Honestly? I think all they have are those official photos. The Queen doesn’t deserve but the photo with her is iconic.

      • Smices says:

        Archie hasn’t been in UK since last November so any pics They had would be out of date.

  5. Nev says:

    Happy Birthday Master Archie!!!!
    Awwwwwwww so cute.

  6. Clémence says:

    I thought that she looked pregnant too !

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      We really can’t tell whether Meghan is pregnant or not with Archie and the book in her lap. Archie’s a big boy so if there’s any bump, he was solidly covering it.

      Still, although Meghan looks blooming and very happy, we won’t know if she’s pregnant for some time. Maybe they are still waiting since Archie is such a handful at the moment. We’ll see what happens though. They do probably still have help from the nanny, unless she didn’t wish to travel to North America with the Sussexes.

      In any event, I do not see the Sussexes rushing to tell the world when/if Meghan becomes pregnant, or if she is currently pregnant. Surely they will keep it to themselves for as long as possible. She could well be pregnant, as she seems so blooming healthy and happy. Motherhood definitely seems to fulfill Meghan.

  7. Giggles says:

    What a precious chonk! It’s exciting to watch him grow. Meghan looks great too! 👏👏👏

    • ItHappenedOneNight says:

      My boy was a super chonk too! Big fat butter ball. And now, he’s a lean and skinny kindergartner – constantly moving and constantly hungry and growing tall like a weed. I miss my chubster – but, happy to see Archie looking so juicy and chubby!

  8. Dee says:

    That was lovely.

  9. Hotsauceinmybag says:

    He’s so cute! Definitely looks like Dada. Happy birthday to my fellow Taurus (my bday was Monday)!

    Also, I have gone back and forth on whether I want to have children. This little video got me right in the ovaries lol

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      ^^ If you look closely, it’s possible to see that Archie has Ragland eyes, with Meghan’s nose and lips, and Harry’s pale red skin coloring, head shape, forehead, ears, and possibly some reddish or reddish brown hair.

      Archie’s hair is refusing to come in too fast. LOL

  10. Romi says:

    They should continue popping up on different accounts with no own account so william can stop his i have more follower nonsense. Would be fun! I am wondering if harry and william have any contact at all at the moment. I think they don’t. And harry is happy about it.

    • Guest with Cat says:

      I agree with you but I don’t think Harry is happy if he has no contact with William, maybe under less stress and tension is the better way to put it. He is probably working on making his peace with the fact his brother isn’t the kind of man he thought he was.

      The fact that he beamed a sincere smile at William during their last public engagement shows me he tried to keep his heart open to William to the bitter end. There’s probably a hole in his heart where the idea of his loving brother used to be. I suppose that brother was just a mirage. He existed only as long as Harry “knew his place” and kept it. I think we all have known at least one friend or family member like that in our lives. It’s never a happy thing to ghost them out but it does facilitate personal growth and development to do so.

      • sarphati says:

        That is so true! My sister slept with my husband. Its been 35 years since I have seen her and we live 10 miles apart. For some unknown reason, her treachery was the most difficult to bear. I’ve seen her a few times since and I am happily married to my college best friend. But she pissed away 35 years of sisterhood for that loser. I ended up in a wonderful place. But I have no sister anymore.

      • booboocita says:

        @sarphati, I’m so sorry, and I’m right there with you. My sister didn’t sleep with my husband, but she spent 28 years mocking, gaslighting, and generally abusing me. I have to admit, the primary reason I’m so interested in Harry and Meghan is that I see a lot of my relationship with my sister in Harry and PenisWithTeeth’s dynamic. I finally cut my sister off and out of my life, but I didn’t do so until I was 28, almost three decades ago. And it’s been a great life without her, frankly, one in which I’ve thrived. I have high hopes for Harry. But if I could give him one piece of advice, I’d tell him that it takes a few years to detox and decompress after leaving a toxic family member behind. And in some ways, one never quite heals completely.

      • Jaded says:

        @sarphati and booboocita – so very sorry for your situations. I too had a toxic narcissistic sister (6 years older) who beat up on me emotionally, mentally and physically from the time I was about 3. I finally had to go no-contact with her for a couple of years in my mid-thirties during which time her various personality disorders went over a cliff. She ended up drinking herself to death. Ever since then I’ve wondered what my life would have been like had she survived…would our family have been able to talk her into therapy? Could we have turned her life around? My parents and her husband were the ones who truly suffered and blamed themselves for her mental state but she’d always been her own worst enemy. So I truly feel for Harry, I think we all know what he’s going through.

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        @Guest with Cat said:
        “… Harry is probably working on making his peace with the fact his brother isn’t the kind of man he thought he was…
        The fact that he beamed a sincere smile at William during their last public engagement shows me he tried to keep his heart open to William to the bitter end. There’s probably a hole in his heart where the idea of his loving brother used to be… [That brother] existed only as long as Harry ‘knew his place’ and kept it.”

        Ah @Guest with Cat, sadly I agree with you. This unfortunate state of affairs you have eloquently expressed.

        I remember listening to one of the straightforward tarot card readers on Youtube awhile back (before all the Wales brothers rift rumors). The tarot reader saw in the cards that Harry is going through a difficult feeling of loss and acceptance (having nothing to do with his mother’s death).

        Harry has gained deep love and happiness with Meghan that has helped fill the void created by his mother’s death, but in turn, he’s lost brotherly trust, though I’m sure love for his brother is still there. It’s possible to love a sibling, while at the same time not liking them very much.

      • Jaded says:

        @songbirds – “It’s possible to love a sibling, while at the same time not liking them very much.”

        That got me a bit teary-eyed. It is spot on in that you can love someone dearly even though you don’t like them, that was the situation with my sister.

    • howdy says:

      ummm projecting much ladies? You know none of these people.

  11. Priscila Bezerra-Fischer says:

    This was lovely. Well done! and they keep saying Harry is ” unhappy” being far from his family.

    Racists, HARRY IS WITH HIS FAMILY! and what is more- he loves them!

    • Chrissy says:

      And they love him!

    • Ginger says:

      Harry’s happiness is evident in the video. His ‘quack’ and him laughing. You can tell this move was the best for them as a family.

    • lilly22 says:

      I’m sure he is happy with his family of Meghan and Archie, and the other stories are mean. I’m not sure I find those story racist though. What I do find racist is people talking about Archie and his skin color. Can we please stop that on here too please. It has serious cultural implications and really is wrong. Archie is adorable. Hope he has a great birthday. Let’s leave it at that.

      A couple of other things, all the kids are adorable and none of them asked to be born into this. Can we at least let them be until they are adults. Just enjoy cute pictures, videos, and if the parents can bring light to wonderful causes with some pictures and videos so be it. In this instance it is all good. Also, can we stop speculating on women’s bodies and pregnancy. I keep wondering why people are staring that closely. It’s just so wrong.

      FYI a lot of people aren’t dyeing their hair now, as you might want your hairdresser to do it to not damage your hair. Home hair dyes are harsher on your hair. My sister got this cover up, but even she wouldn’t put it on if she had her hair in a bum. I think they all look so cute.

      • Emmitt says:

        I agree, I find this obsession with Archie’s skin color to be quite disturbing. Speculating on if he has Harry or Meghan’s features? That’s fine (he has Charles’ ears, I think!)

        Obsessing & speculating over his skin color, when he’s been the same complexion his entire life? Not fine. Archie’s coloring is perfect for him, Meghan’s coloring is perfect for her and Harry’s coloring is perfect for him. Leave Big Arch alone!

      • Market Street Minifig says:

        @Emmitt I’ve been in situations where people pretending not to see my colour felt no less racist than having it be disparaged. There’s nothing wrong with seeing colour. It becomes a problem when you attach a weighted value to it.

        Indicating that commenters can go to town on discussing his other features but have to erect a great big barrier around colour doesn’t embrace diversity or make it a less charged subject—it simply attaches shame to being *the wrong colour.*

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        I’m sorry @lilly22, and @Emmitt, but there’s nothing wrong with discussing color differences in humans. Such differences are across the spectrum. Melanin is an important biological substance, and people of color (including Asians and Africans, but especially people of African descent have the most of it). Humans all originated out of Africa and migrated to all parts of the world in very ancient times. In varying regions and climates physical characteristics began to change in order for humans to adapt to those climates.

        Sadly due to 300 + years of being indoctrinated with prejudiced beliefs, we are all impacted by the faux concept of ‘race.’ There’s only one race, the human race! And among humans there are only 4 blood types. DNA technology and anthropological discoveries, etc irrefutably tell us the truth which is hard for many to wrap heads around because prejudice is so ingrained in our global culture.

        We need to re-educate our thinking. Maybe Harry, Meghan and Archie came along to help aid the world in that process. There is still hope. The Sussexes aren’t the only ones either. There are so many young people of varied backgrounds in relationships today and it’s a beautiful thing.

        It wasn’t until the mid-1700s that ideas about differences and concepts of ‘European superiority’ began to develop via various writings, coupled with the riches that slavery in the New World brought. We can overcome the hate, ignorance and prejudice if we stop being defensive and try to open our minds. At the moment, so many of us are confused and emotional about this topic. Everyone has different skin colors and undertones and they change over time among all people. It’s not a big deal, and it certainly was not a big deal in the ancient world.

        Dark-skinned Moors ruled half of Europe, until Christianity won out over Islam and the Inquisition further disenfranchised the Moors in Spain. Civilization and scientific knowledge was brought to Europe from Africa. There are many historic people of color whom we don’t realize or recognize were people of color because recent history has deceptively covered over that less visible past, in order to perpetuate myths.

        It was not a problem in the 1700s for King George III to marry a dusky German/Portuguese young woman with ancient Moorish ancestry on her mother’s side. It was not a problem in the 1300s for King Edward III to marry a young brown-skinned, dark-eyed, dark-haired woman (Philippa of Hainault) from Normandy. No one was self-conscious about or prejudiced against darker-skinned people in the distant past.

        Melanin is a good thing and you really can’t have too much of it. 😉 Honestly, we should try and get over our skin color hang-ups, which we all have to varying degrees, but sure in this day and age, that’s a big, complicated task.

      • Priscila Bezerra-Fischer says:

        Did I miss something? I did not see people speculating about Archie´s skin tone in the comments.

  12. S808 says:

    A big, healthy boy! Meghan looks in her element I’m so glad they made the move to California. Harry was an excellent cameraman and cheerleader! Happy birthday Archie! A year has flown by and so much happened.

  13. Cali says:

    What a beautiful baby, he’s looking so much more like his father, and that red hair 😮😊❤️

  14. LouBear says:

    Did Clarence House crop Meghan from that photo? Ah HERE. The pettiness

    • Sofia says:

      The Sussexes have released that photo before (on SussexRoyal I believe) and Meghan was never in it the first place.

      • Becks1 says:

        Yup, Sofia is right. they released that photo….I think for Charles’s birthday. Meghan wasn’t in it in that version either.

    • Yoyo says:

      I don’t think she was in that picture, it was just the guys.

    • Belli says:

      I think that picture was always just Charles, Harry and Archie.

  15. CidyKitty(CidySmiley) says:

    What a chonk!!! I have heart eyes!!! He looks just like Harry. So adorable.

  16. Eleonor says:

    Archie is all grown up! I think he takes from Harry: both the brothers are tall, and I always had the impression that Philipp was very tall in his youth.

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      Archie has characteristics from both parents, and he’s continuing to grow and to change. Every time we see a new picture of Archie, people change how they view him.

      After the South Africa pictures: ‘Oh, Archie looks just like Harry.’

      After the Christmas and New Year’s pictures: ‘Oh, Archie looks more like Meghan. I thought he was going to be spit-image of Harry.’

      Now it’s back to: ‘Archie is Harry’s twin!’ 🤣

  17. Toot says:

    Really cute video. I love the end.

  18. Erinn says:

    This was super cute. I love that Harry was chiming in with duck sounds haha.

    Archie is a big guy, and so freaking cute – I can’t believe he’s only a year old, but at the same time it’s hard to believe it’s been a full year already!

  19. Mina_Esq says:

    They call him Arch! Meghan is so great at this, especially considering the squirmy toddler in her lap!:) I love how casual and relaxed they are (are those grey hairs?). California agrees with them.

  20. Sofia says:

    Oh how adorable! This video kept me smiling from the start to the beginning. Happy Birthday Archie!

  21. AGreatDane says:

    I kinda love that in the one picture everyone has of the Queen with Archie, Doria is there too.

  22. Chica1971 says:

    Grey hairs? No hair dye while pregnant?

    • Hotsauceinmybag says:

      Everyone’s greys are showing as no one can get to a salon due to quarantine…

    • Erinn says:

      And dark box dye is one of the worst things you can do if you normally have color mixed by a professional. While she could be pregnant, I think mostly she’s just being smart and not ruining her hair.

      • Joanna says:

        ^^Yes! My hair is a blah brown, so I use a semi permanent color. It’s fading out and you can see my grays but I dare not use a box color. A flat dark color looks so bad, I’ll just wait.

      • AnnaKist says:

        I always colour my own hair, using a trick my best friend, a hairdresser, showed me. She’d come any time to do my hair, but I don’t like to impose… Anyway… I use a lighter shade than my own hair colour. I only ever re-touch the roots, otherwise the colour keeps building up on previously coloured areas. Then I pick up random strands of hair, and from about 1cm further than the grey areas, I wash off the dye with a wet flannel. I do this in 10-12 spots around my head. It stops that flat, home-dye-job look. Worth a try until you can get to a salon. Use a decent-quality colour, though.

  23. heygingersnaps says:

    Awwwww. That was so cute! Happy, happy birthday to Archie!

  24. Yoyo says:

    Meghan back in her trusty denim shirt and shorts, her legs will drive the RR crazy.
    Archie, looks like he will be a rough and tumble kid.
    No one knew where Archie’s picture would pop up, and here is turning pages and dropping books.

    • Calibration says:

      @yoyo I had a quick look at the Fail and they put that end bit of the vid on the cover. There will be endless pearl clutching over it, as they (the Fail) intend.

  25. SJR says:

    Awww!
    Just a sweet and happy story with a cute chubby baby.
    Archie is all wiggly, helps turn the pages, eats corners, grabs book #2….good job baby!
    Who doesn’t love this? Grinches, only grinches would not love this.

    • JanetDR says:

      OMG! So adorable and sweet! I was just drinking him up with my eyes and so happy to see more than a photo <3

    • Dinah says:

      I like his facial expression after he threw the book for the second time on the floor. He knew he was being naughty. And then he asked his dad to pick it up. He clearly said: picking it? The nerve 😅😅😅😅. He must be running the show in the household already. So cute.

  26. LeaTheFrench says:

    It’s a cute and relatable video, doesn’t feel staged or contrived. I love it. Meghan looks radiant, Archie is adorable. And for a very worthy cause !

  27. Liz version 700 says:

    This is such a great video! Archie is adorable and he is definitely daddy’s mini-me. Meghan looks so happy and relaxed I am so happy for them.

  28. Bohemian Angel says:

    Happy birthday Archie!
    What a lovely video and that baby is just the cutest.

  29. Linda says:

    Awwwwww such a cute video. My Son also turned one last week and I know the struggle of trying to read to a restless baby. Happy birthday Archie.

  30. Charfromdarock says:

    Adorable!

  31. S808 says:

    Just noticed the ‘Archie’s book club’ sticker on the front cover! So cute!

    • Woowza says:

      I heard it might be a gift from Oprah! Apparently she gifts all her friends a box with books with a big sticker “Baby’s Name Book club”. If true that’s so cool!

      • S808 says:

        I think it is! She gave Mindy Kaling’s daughter a bookcase full of books with the sticker too. Such a great gift.

      • Becks1 says:

        Aw, that is actually a really cute gift idea from Oprah. It’s something personal that the kids will use (hopefully, ha.)

  32. Chelle says:

    That’s was so cute!! He’s so cute. Hasn’t changed much just longer. He looks big tho as in tall big.

    For some reason, Archie has always looked like an Eric to me. Like his name should be Eric. I don’t know.😂😂😂.

    So glad they shared him with us in this way. Plus, plus, you can tell that trading to him in this manner is habitual!! Go Sussexes!

  33. Taylor says:

    This is perfect. Happy bday Archie! Meghan still has great comedic timing.

  34. Harper says:

    Happy Birthday Archie!! What a precious, hilarious, cutie pie. I’m sure he’s getting into EVERYTHING. But still the tabloids will continue to insist that Harry is sitting around and moping, missing Kate and the army and the ROTA.

    By appearing in just his basic baby white t-shirt and diaper, there is no online stampede to buy his outfit. I’m now awaiting the story on how he is the first Royal baby to ever appear in his underwear and how the Queen was disrespected by that.

    • Yoyo says:

      In the US, it’s called a onesie (bodysuit).
      They still will be a rush on white onesies.

    • Tessa says:

      The Pearl Clutchers on the blogs are complaining about the “underwear.” If Kate dressed Louis that way it would be “precious” to them.

  35. Brooke says:

    That’s a really sweet video! I love that the actual reading did not go as smooth as they probably wanted. Before my first daughter was born, I bought dozens of books. I had my husband build a little reading nook in her room and I had this lovely idea that we were going to read there every day. Well, that did not work out. She hates when we read. She cant sit still long enough for me to read and when she does she tells me the words are all wrong and I am saying them wrong. She has literally offered up her books when we were having a bonfire outside. I never thought I would have a book burner!

    I like the pictures that Kate post of her kids on their birthday. They are cute but I much prefer something like this. It’s not perfect but its real life. Things don’t always go perfect with kids and that’s ok!

    • damejudi says:

      Totally agree. I think the “realness” of the video is what I’m loving. Makes them very relatable, while at the same time, the impact is to raise funds/awareness for charity.

      Very well done. I always read to my son, every night after his bath. Makes me miss those wonderful, snuggly times!

      • Harla says:

        I especially liked the moment when Archie threw one of the books to the ground, the look Meghan gave Harry was a look I’ve done and seen a thousand times.

    • Ginger says:

      This is why I respect Harry and Meghan. They are not trying to sell you a fairytale. They are showing you real life.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yes, cute pictures are nice, and I enjoy seeing the Cambridge ones, especially as the kids are getting so big, but I really really like the naturalness of this. Its not staged beyond the concept of “Meghan is going to read to Archie for his bday to raise money for charity” – Archie is so energetic and bubbly and Meghan and Harry are clearly besotted with him.

    • Bella says:

      @ Brooke

      Your daughter sounds hilarious!

  36. Lisa says:

    Happy birthday to Archie. I love that they did it this way for his birthday. Archie is adorable and big.

    • lisa says:

      He is huge. He looks as big as a 5-6 year old, not a one-year-old!! Either there is a major optical illusion here or she is teeny teeny tiny.

  37. Natalee says:

    I was expecting this to be cringe as so many of these “celebs reading kids books” have been, but this was perfect.

  38. Digital Unicorn says:

    Thats really cute – at first I thought it was Harry shooting the video but maybe not.

  39. Marivic says:

    Meghan’s idea of presenting Archie’s 1st birthday via video and attaching it to a charity is something original and noble. It is a far cry from the usual birthday presentation of the other royal children. I love how PHarry makes his presence felt in the video. Beautiful family . Happy birthday, baby Archie !

    • Nic919 says:

      I think attaching the video to the promotion of a charity was an excellent idea.

      • S808 says:

        Agreed! When members of the BRF post their kids it doesn’t really benefit much (not that it has since they’re personal photos) except the tabs but Sussexes have gone the extra mile and found a way to benefit charities with the releasing of their Christmas card thru QCT and Archie’s birthday video thru Save the Children. Excellent idea!

    • Dinah says:

      Meghan and Harry are so groundbreaking original and effective at the same time. No wonder the other royals are jealous and scared of them at the sametime.

      I also like how they are so down to earth and relatable. No fuss, just homies with the kid. Most parents will recognize the scene; trying to hold a toddler’s attention. Cute.

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        ^^ Oh indeed @Dinah, M&H are savvy, smart and original. As Harry said in the engagement interview, “We make a good team, we know we do.” There’s nothing like knowing your power and effectiveness, but also having humility, kindness and compassion to go along with self-confidence and sincere altruism.

        Yet, I wouldn’t say that the other royals are ‘scared’ of them. Maybe just a little bit perturbed, frustrated and annoyed. And of course exceedingly jealous. The Cambridges may be petrified with feeling the need to compete in order to grab back the spotlight, but they are definitely going about it the wrong way, and it’s too late cuz it all could have been quite different. It’s hard to believe really just how petty and insecure W&K are. SMH

        I do hope the Cambridge kids can manage to overcome their parents’ worst failings.

      • PrincessK says:

        Yes, their originality in doing things is so refreshing…..the Cambridge’s must be getting more and more frustrated, it’s just like contrasting the old with the new. The Sussexes may be in California but they are more in demand and more relevant than ever.

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      But just wait. Now this is the model for the rest of the royals to follow! LOL! 😜

      Not that the Cambridges are expected to be expectant with any more babies. But there’s still the York sisters…

      And since the Cambridge kids are still fairly young, maybe we’ll be getting some reading related videos of at least Prince Louis, with perhaps raising money for a patronage or another good cause attached. W&K do have the Sussexes’ former social media guy to spearhead this more casual, laid-back forward-thinking approach to papping the young Cambridges in order to appease the demanding RRs, tabloids, and royal followers. 😂

  40. MellyMel says:

    That was adorable! He is the cutest and hope he has a great first birthday.

  41. February Pisces says:

    Aww I love this, it made me smile. I knew they would do a video, I just had a feeling they would do something different for archies 1st birthday. I imaging the Cambridge’s are seething that they did something different like a video, especially after they hired their former social media guy to try and copy all their ideas.I wait for their next kids birthday to see if they’ll do a video too. Also Meghan looks amazing and Archie is too cute.

    • Ali says:

      Sorry.

      I forgot that royal reporters said that Meghan would follow Kate’s lead on releasing a new photo.

      Hhahhahahahhaha

    • Aria says:

      That’s what I said that eventhough they hire Sussex social media guy but most are Meghan idea for Sussex intagram. Meghan is the one who put so much in Instagram post .

    • Amy says:

      This was an adorable video that helped a worthy cause and let us see Archie on his birthday. Why would you want to make this into some imaginary insane feud and negative.

      I don’t understand why people can’t just let this be about Archie and is family- why everyone feels this need to pit them against each other and make every Cambridges thread about the Sussex and every Sussex thread about the Cambridges. It is exhausting.

      Happy First Birthday Archie!!!

      • February Pisces says:

        I didn’t create the feud, archies uncle did.

      • Babsorig says:

        Oh my goodness Amy please calm yourself down. This is a gossip site, everyone has a right to post without fear of being reprimanded or jumped down the throat for their posts, geez…

      • Ash says:

        @Babs – I appreciate the sentiment of your comment, but also: tell that to the commenters who consistently tell anyone who voices any whisper of dissent to “go back to Tumblr”. Anyone who’s spent any time around here knows exactly who I mean.

      • Lotus says:

        Amy agreed 100%. You may think the “uncles” started this feud but its being fought by the stans. You can love Meghan and compliment her without trashing others.

      • February Pisces says:

        Is uncle William looking at this video and going “aww isn’t that sweet, Archie has grown so much” or is he saying “WTF they did a video? we have to top that”?

        I’m I calling the Cambridge mean names just to be horrible, or pointing out their competitive nature regarding social media based entirely on their previous actions? Did they not pay for bots to troll the Sussex’s Instagram With racist comments, buy followers, drive them off Instagram, and then hire their social media guy to emulate what they were doing?

        If Sussex supporters didn’t speak out against what was happening to them, then where would that leave harry and Meghan? William and Kate’s hate campaign would be 100% successful.

      • Nowords says:

        I do agree, Amy. On here the Cambridge kids’ birthday threads, like Charlotte’s, end up being more of a WK hate fest than a “Happy B-Day!” fest. And then on the DM Archie’s thread is an MH hate fest instead of a “Happy B-day” one.

        To me, a kid’s birthday is not the time for a war of hate between stans over which parents are the worst. If it is really necessary there are 361 other days for that; can we have just 4 days a year where people can put aside their hate and bepositive? It makes me sad that I’m right when I predict every and any royal kid’s birthday post on the internet/SM will have people entirely focused on hating the parents, be it MH or WK.

      • eyeroll says:

        @Ash
        Yep. We all know who you mean. I had my own experience of that just the other day…

    • Maria says:

      Why would the Cambridges be seething?

      • February Pisces says:

        @maria Because by releasing a VIDEO OF CHARITY they chose to mark archies birthday by coming up with something different rather than releasing the bog standard birthday photo via Instagram, which the can’t do because the Cambridge’s probably made them shut it down, during negotiations. Meaning once again the Sussex’s are ahead of the game no matter how much the Cambridge’s have tried to beat them down.

        Are you unaware of how competitive the Cambridge’s have been regarding the Sussex’s and social media for the past 3 years?

  42. Florence says:

    This is adorable ❤️

  43. NYCGirl says:

    Meghan is BRILLIANT. I don’t know how she always comes up with these simple but brilliant ideas to highlight charities. Archie is so sweet in the video and love the cheers from Harry behind the camera….PERFECTION!

  44. Aria says:

    I love this so much and happy birthday to little archie. She looks so natural with archie and this is just a slap for those haters who says Meghan is not natural mother and keen katie so much. She looks so natural and can clearly see the mother bond between them. Lol cambriges will release some kind of video in few days.

    • Harla says:

      Oh yeah, cue Kate reading a book on video any day now.

      • Becks1 says:

        Kate should have done this ages ago, and we have been saying it here (honestly you know how we joke about KP reading this site, when I saw this video this morning I thought, omg Meghan is reading this site! I mean obviously not, but its still funny) – that this would be such an easy PR win and would help others as well. Someone commented that Kate would not do something like the Duchess of York is doing but she doesn’t have to. Video of her reading to a kid, or helping to wash their hands, with a link to a charity at the end. She just has to do it once and if they have the influence her fans insist she has, she could raise a ton of money.

        The kids clapping is really cute, but she just has to do one extra step and it would be a hit.

      • Harla says:

        @Becks1, I’ve always thought that Kate should load up a bunch of art supplies and pop around to a local children’s hospital and do an afternoon of art with the kids. But alas, it will never happen. This is one of the things that frustrate me so much about the Cambridges, is that will a little imagination they could do so many great things. And for all the banging on about how “modern” they are, they continue to work their roles like the queen, show up, wave, grab some flowers and leave.

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        @Becks1 said:
        “… I thought, omg Meghan is reading this site! I mean obviously not, but its still funny…”

        I know you were kidding, but Meghan is soooo NOT reading this site. She’s too busy for one. She’d be too horrified for another. She values her sanity and her mental health. She doesn’t need to read such stuff regarding what strangers think about her, not even from positive, favorable sites.

        Meghan said in the engagement interview that the hullabaloo was so OTT she decided not to read anything, posiitive or negative. She’s aware generally of what she needs to know that’s being blathered about, but 99% of her time she apparently spends wisely taking care of herself, her family, and going for it with her ideas, hopes, and dreams.

      • Becks1 says:

        @sonbgirds which is why I said “obviously not” in terms of her reading this site…….

  45. Linda says:

    He is a big boy! I hope they’re all happy. I don’t doubt for a minute that they are fantastic parents.

  46. Ginger says:

    This was a perfect way to celebrate Archie’s first birthday. We get a video and they get to highlight a charity. This is so them. I adore this little family.

    I hate to give KP any ideas but this would have been perfect for Kate to do. Since she claims to be all about early childhood development, I’m surprised she didn’t do something like this. But, I’m sure in the coming weeks we will see a similar video of her doing this. Compete with messy bun and shorts.

  47. Amy says:

    That is a sweet video, i enjoyed Harry laughing in the background. And Archie looks so much like his dad its surprising but he’s a cutie. I wouldn’t read to much into her reading with Archie on her lap how else was she going to read to him? I mean she wouldn’t do it with him sitting on the floor- that isn’t really engaging with your child.

    I felt a little bad for Meghan she is trying to read this story and raise money for the Save the Children and Archie is like nope I want this one. Made me laugh but Archie was just like not going with the plan. Made it cute and sweet.

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      @Amy said:
      “… Archie looks so much like his dad its surprising …”

      Wow guys. I get it as he’s a male baby with his Dad’s coloring and a somewhat similar look. Still Archie Harrison does NOT have all of his Dad’s features.

      In fact, Archie looks more like himself (unique and special) than he looks exactly like either of his parents. 😋

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      Of course @Amy, there’s nothing to be read about Archie sitting in Meghan’s lap. Where else would he be sitting?

      I was not intimating anything about Archie being in Meghan’s lap, except to point out that it’s impossible to really see whether she’s pregnant, like many of us secretly want to know. 😉 And as someone else was speculating about upthread.

  48. Case says:

    Awwww, this is such a happy video. Meghan seems like such a sweet mama and Harry is so cute in the background. Archie looks JUST like Harry, especially his eyes.

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      ^^ 🤣🤣🤣😂😜

      Where are you getting that?! Harry has exceedingly close together, deep-set blue eyes, while Archie’s eyes are dark brown, more prominent in his face and wide-spaced.

      Archie has Ragland eyes with Meghan’s dark brown color. He also shares similar nose and lips to Meghan. Archie does not have either his father’s nose, eyes, or lips that I can see. But he seems to move his mouth in somewhat similar ways and expressions that we’ve seen with Harry.

      • MsIam says:

        Why are you being so adamant about who this baby looks like? You keep going to every post with this nonsense. I think he looks like Harry with brown eyes instead of blue but that is my opinion. Just like you have yours. I certainly don’t think he looks anything like Thomas Markle, unless you mean because he’s chubby with thin hair?

      • Becks1 says:

        Songbirds give.it.a.rest. People can speculate about who a baby looks like and generally no person is absolutely right. Everyone sees something different when they look at a person.

  49. Harla says:

    Happy Birthday Archie!!! What a cutie!! and how sweet was that “da da da” at the end!! Harry must be over the moon with joy! I’m so glad that the Sussex’s got out and are living their best life!

  50. Beach Dreams says:

    Such a sweet and wonderful way to highlight Archie’s first birthday! Wishing all three a fantastic time today.

  51. RoyalBlue says:

    Archie really does live up to his name and looks exactly like he’s Harry’s son!

    i don’t comment on the children posts but will for this one because it’s so natural and sweet.

    yes Meghan’s graying hairline looks exactly like mine now. she looks at peace and Harry is a hoot. i would love for her to go full curly hair just once.

    • Bella says:

      @ Royablue
      I too am loving “natural Meghan”. That shining simplicity suits her. She’s got the sort of skin tone that gray hair actually complements, lucky thing! It’s a cliche to say it, but she really is a beauty inside and out.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        @bella i co-sign to that. she is beautiful inside and out. i love her letting her simplicity shine through. hair in a bun, resplendent greys, shorts, denim shirt. we can all identify with Meghan.

    • Nowords says:

      When do people normally start greying? My aunt (dad’s sis) was all grey in her 40′s and her son, my cousin, is going grey in his early 20′s.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        gosh it varies. e.g. my dad was around 60 and my mum in her 30s and me in my 40s.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        It really is individual – probably due to genetics. I knew a guy who had really grey temples at 25 whilst my dad still has some of his original black left at 84.

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      ^^ LOL. Meghan had enough of thick curly, hard to manage hair when she was growing up. She likes wearing her hair straight and I doubt she will change just to please someone other than herself. Straighter hairstyles can be easier to style, but upkeep with the straightening is not a piece-of-cake.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        songbird my daughter is 11 and actually looks just like meghan at that age. she has been told so time and time again. her hair is also similar in texture. it takes more than an hour to comb daily and i just could not handle it. we let it grow really long and twice a year would let the hair dresser flat iron it. it would reach her waist. we have started keratin treatments once or twice a year and recently cut it to fall maybe 4 inches below her shoulders. this is not the same as putting a perm in and she is finally able to take care of it herself.

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        ^^ Aww, that’s so great @RoyalBlue. It reminds me of the video of Meghan at age 11, with her curly ponytail. It’s so wonderful that less harsh keratin treatments are available these days. I believe Meghan began getting her hair straightened at some point in middle school because when she was her school’s valedictorian at age 14, she wore her hair in a long flipped under straight style.

        I had a head of thick, heavy kinky-textured hair that my Mom or grandmother would spend hours straightening — a difficult task with 3 young daughters close in age all with thick heads of long hair. My older and younger sisters’ hair were a bit easier to handle because the younger sis had a softer less kinkier texture, but no less thick, while my older sister had a strong texture of long wavy hair (and she’s dark-skinned). For some reason people always wanted to think she came from the Islands. SMH!

        We later had a 4th sis, who had a wavy, curly texture of thick long hair. Definitely straightening gives curly hair even more length and styling versatility.

        When my older sister was in her twenties her hair began going gray in streaks that looked cute at that age. Ha ha, when she got into her forties, she started dyeing it and then she was later convinced to cut it off in a short style. She has such a strong texture of hair, that the gray was steel-like and gorgeous. She had a tuft of the gray at the top side against the black until she let the gray grow in fully. She rocked that for awhile until she divorced her second hubby and then went back to long styles and dyeing her hair again.

        My hair was so difficult to straighten with perms in my twenties and thirties, I’m just over it already. I wear my hair natural (twists), and change off with straight wigs on occasion.

        Thanks for telling me about your beautiful daughter and how much she resembles Meghan. That’s why Meghan is so relatable. I feel a lot of connection to Meghan, even though of course I don’t know her and I’ll surely never have the chance to meet her.

  52. MerryGirl says:

    Happy Birthday Archie! He is so adorable and I love the informal, homely video…so natural and cute. They all sound like they are enjoying their lives in LA.

  53. KellyRyan says:

    Big beautiful baby boy. He does look like Harry. Love his brown eyes.

  54. K2Squared says:

    Love this! Happy Birthday Archie!

  55. TheOriginalMia says:

    Archie is adorable. Chunky, drooling and happy. Happy Birthday, Archie!

  56. Suki66 says:

    It just dawned on me – Archie is going to have an American accent.

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      Mmmm, well Harry is not going to lose his British accent, so we’ll see. It depends upon where they send Archie to school. If they bring him up in California, they may decide to send him to a British-related school, just as when living in Britain, they planned to send him to an American International school.

      They will also be traveling around the world. So Archie may end up with a cosmopolitan accent which incorporates a variety of inflections.

  57. Mrs. Peel says:

    I was really hoping he’d inherit Meghan’s gorgeous locks, but sadly, no. Nary a hair even at 1 yr old.

    • SwirlmamaD says:

      It will come. My younger daughter was bald as a cue ball at 1 year old and now she’s 6 and has a full head of curls.

    • Bella says:

      @ Mrs Peel
      We can only pray…

    • Dee says:

      I stuck a bow on my daughter’s head when she was one because she had only a little fine blond hair and kept getting mistaken for a little boy. Now that she’s a young adult, she has the same thick luxurious hair that I have. So heavy that she gets ponytail headaches. Hair and features change as kids grow up. He’s cute as he is.

    • PrincessK says:

      If she is greying it must have been the stress of being in the royal family…she is not 40 yet. Her mother at 60 plus is only a bit grey. I believe Kate is grey haired because of stress.

    • PrincessK says:

      I can see signs that Archie will have curly hair. It is not as straight as Harry’s was. Diana had dead straight hair.

  58. BUBS says:

    Good God, this child is beautiful!!! And Meghan is wearing shorts…thank God for freedom!!!

    • Ruby_Woo says:

      ROYAL SHOCK! Meghan breaks yet ANOTHER royal protocol wearing summer short shorts showing off her sexy biracial Hollywood Diva legs whilst exiled in the New World!!!

      • L4frimaire says:

        California is having some glorious warm sunny weather right now. Definitely shorts and sandals time.

      • Kkat says:

        Im in southern California and it’s been in the upper 90′s this week. Freaking hot 😬🙄

    • Dee says:

      And that baby is dressed like a baby! Where is the sailor suit that William and Harry wore back in the 20th century? Why are they leaving that child half naked? He should be wearing short pants and ruffles. (sarcasm)

  59. TeamAwesome says:

    My favorite part is how Archie is clearly an old pro at reading time with Mama. So important!!
    I bet they picked his “favorite” and then he still was like hey, read me this other one. Loved that look from Meghan to Harry.

    • Harla says:

      I love that the corner of the book has clearly been chewed upon!

      • Nic919 says:

        That was my favourite part. That’s a story time book that doubles as a teething book.

    • damejudi says:

      That’s one aspect of the video that I love-learned a lot about the Sussexes. Clearly, Archie is read to regularly-he’s grabbing the pages from habit, and “knows” this is how reading a book progresses. Also, these parents are lovingly connected to each other and their son; shows in the look when Archie starts to drop the other book, Dad chiming in to quack along with the story.

      Some of this stuff just can’t be faked or managed on social media. My takeaway from Harry, Meghan, and Archie on this video is-lovely, genuine, all the good feels.

      • Emmitt says:

        That’s just it. The Sussexes are being themselves and that shines through on their social media. Many of the popular social media accounts, the account holders are just being themselves and people really connect with that. The Cambridges can “steal” their former social media guy and have all sorts of staged photo-ops* but the authenticity will never shine through and they’ll never get the connection the Sussexes have.

        I actually hope the Sussexes DON’T have a dedicated social media account and just pop up on other accounts from time to time.

        *Little Louis was so adorable in his birthday pic.

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        Yes, @Emmitt, I actually don’t mind if the Sussexes don’t bother with another Instagram, at least not right away. They are busy with Archie and working on their new nonprofit or foundation, whichever it turns out to be. Plus, having another child will surely keep them busy.

        They can always start up another Instagram whenever they feel the time is right, likely well after the court case is settlied, in order to give as little fodder as possible to the tabloids at the moment. Be prepared for another record-breaking launch, if/when they go back on Instagram.

        Right now, there are plenty of Sussex-related fan accounts on Instagram. I’d love to see Meghan re-develop something similar to the Tig down the road as well. And especially another cookbook.

        The Sussexes are always surprising us with the way they think outside the box, in an effortless, living in the present moment kind of way. Meghan gets so much of her sweetness and lightness of spirit from her mother and maternal grandmother, I think. Plus Harry has a lot of the good qualities of empathy and caring from Diana.

    • Jules says:

      Lol, super cute. It looks like they had a moment when Archie took over and Meghan was wondering if they should keep filming or start over?!

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        Archie seems quite a handful. Looking at the video reminds me of how parents have to be on-their-toes and have a lot of energy just to keep up with young ones.

        It must be hard to develop a balance between giving such a child the world, while also not over-indulging and spoiling him at the same time. Just looking at Archie, their hearts must melt every day. But practical necessities surely snap them out of poignant reveries. There’s always so much to do as young, first-time parents.

  60. Karmak says:

    Happy Birthday Archie!

  61. Cosmo says:

    Amazing video. That little boy is adorable. I loved when he said da da at the end. Harry must be beaming.

  62. Kittylouise says:

    What a beautiful big boy! And he has an adorable smile.

    She has such a lovely voice too, and looks glowing.

    I wish them all the luck and hope that things get less stressful for them.

  63. Loretta says:

    Archie is too cute and it looks so much like Harry.
    Adorable video!

  64. Marivic says:

    Just like most children at that age. Impossible to keep them still. But what got me is that he wanted his mom to read him another book. Maybe they’re doing reading all the time. Good habit. Start them young. He just might be like his mom when he grows up—- a bookworm.

  65. Bunny says:

    This is sweet. They’re so incredibly relatable and down to earth. California must agree with them.

    Also, Archie is Harry’s twin. The “Da da da” at the end is the best!

    Happy birthday Archie!

  66. Aria says:

    It’s interesting no post about this in british tabloids . What it means ?? They cant post archie photo ??

    • Becks1 says:

      This video was just released this morning, so they might not have had time to write about it yet. Chris Ship did post about it though.

    • Calibration says:

      The Fail had it a while back. I read the top three comments all on how they hate Megs guts. Stopped after that. Other top comment. why don’t they go away. See, they’re too dumb to realise they’re reading /commenting on the rag that reports on them incessantly

      • Bella DuPont says:

        If you insist on rewarding the Fail with your clicks (plus your time and attention), they will reward you back with even more hit pieces of Meghan. That’s how it works, (sadly).

      • calibration says:

        probably a bit unnecessarily snarky, Bella. thanks for the ‘splaining’ I do NOT continue to reward the fail, I glance at it for various reasons (IE my freaking job) about once a month. I looked at the front page and the first few comments. So thanks for the snark. this page always rewards with the holier than thou jumping to conclusions in their blazing ignorance

    • PrincessK says:

      Most of the papers have the story on Thursday editions, and some have the pics on the front page.

  67. HELEN says:

    moving back to california is the best thing she’s done for her family, she looks like she’s back to herself, settled and fulfilled, which is the most important for archie!!

  68. Sunday says:

    Happy Birthday, Archie! What an adorable video – of course Meghan would find a way to help others with a simple birthday post, and what I love most about this is that Meghan, Harry and Archie have essentially now participated in the Sussex squad’s Archie Day fundraiser for charity. It’s just lovely, and all the inevitable hate and ridiculous spin that will follow will just look even more obviously spiteful and jealous of this loving, happy family.

  69. ABritGuest says:

    Cute and very relatable video. The bit when Archie dropped the book at the end and Harry laughed and she kind of dead panned. I have a feeling her boys give Meghan the run around lol.

    Nice that the Sussexes highlighting this Save the Children campaign will surely give a huge boost to a charity that Princess Anne is a patron of.

  70. Em says:

    Still teary over the sweetness in this video – they look and sound so joyful and, it reminds me of when my children were that age.

    I have to say, I’m a bit puzzled by the bump speculation… I certainly used to hide my ‘mum tum’ by sitting the babies on my lap in that way… but I’m not sure what other way you could make a video like this??

    • S808 says:

      yeah I’m on the “may be pregnant” train but I don’t think this is evidence of it. Archie probably would’ve wandered off if she wasn’t holding him.

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        I don’t think sitting Archie on her lap was intentionally purposeful of Meghan trying to hide anything. It was normal and natural positioning. I was simply responding to someone upthread speculating that Meghan might be pregnant. My response is we really cannot see one way or the other. But not because Archie was being used to hide anything.

        It doesn’t matter at this point. It’s just their own business, and they don’t have to announce anything. After all the outside hate Meghan went through during her first pregnancy, I’m sure they are not in a rush to tell the public anything about their personal plans regarding another pregnancy.

        If and when Meg becomes pregnant again, I wish her a blessed and safe time without being targeted and dragged in the media. Enough is way more than enough already.

    • Ruby_Woo says:

      I was teary towards the end when they were all cheering.

  71. February Pisces says:

    On a separate note, meghans skin is flawless, I would love to know what skin care or foundation she uses.

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      ^^ @February Pisces, Meghan did a lot of beauty features with various publications. You can easily find Meghan Markle beauty tips in online articles and on Youtube. Also go to Meghan’s Mirror and check their Meghan’s skincare tips archives and Tig-related archives. It’s a handy, comprehensive site.

      There are plenty of interesting clues about Meghan’s former lifestyle in photos from her former Instagram that someone uploaded on Youtube (there’s a fast version and a slower version). The first place I went to when I learned about Meghan dating Prince Harry was to her former Instagram, and later to her Tig. I learned a lot about her that way, at least what she shared and it was well-curated, with a lot of depth, whimsy, uplift and inspiration.

      Anyone who really did their homework on Meghan at that time began to realize how lucky Harry is to have met her. The nice thing is that Meghan feels blessed to have “the two best men in the world.”

    • notasugarhere says:

      I wouldn’t visit that MM site. They’ve been seriously anti-Meghan in the past while still making a buck off of spinning info about her.

  72. Kittylouise says:

    I made the mistake of reading the comments on the DM article, and it’s upsetting. What is WRONG with people. There’s so much venom and hatred for these two, and even for the poor baby. It makes me so low to think that there are people out there who have so much hatred for them.

    • Imogene says:

      I did the same thing out of curiosity. Wow. It’s just so bizarre, I truly don’t understand the hate and the delusion.

    • Ruby_Woo says:

      I did the same, but you have to remember, these people are just very unhappy people.

      There was one lady who complained about Meghan being in the video whilst simultaneously moaning about Harry not being in the video.

      Others complained that the video was ‘too much’. That they should just have released a photo of Archie – no sound, no text, no substance.

      And others keep on mentioning how Save the Children is Princess Anne’s charity. No offense to Princess Anne, but considering that she’s supposed to be the hardest working Royal, I, nor most of the public had any idea what she patronises or what work she does. Cutting ribbons and visits might be fine, but with the Pandemic, it’s clear to see that these people don’t bring any tangible results.

      With a short video clip of storytime, the Sussexes drew attention to Save the Children (and donations) in a way that I don’t remember Princess Anne ever doing.

      Anyone who is wishing for a perfectly happy couple to break up; wishing for a father to leave his wife and baby in another country, so strangers could ‘have him back’; speculating that there isn’t a bond with a mother and baby are just very sad, venomous individuals. Things will never be well with them. Just thank your lucky stars you not like them.

      • Bella says:

        +1, Ruby_woo

        And I would think Princess Anne would be delighted for her patronage. Plus they are not part of the Firm anymore, as we keep having to remind haters.

        The fact that anybody even sees it as stepping on PA’s toes, as opposed to being a lovely gift, shows that their priorities are all wrong.

      • Emmitt says:

        For all we know, Harry could’ve rung up Anne and asked her if it would be ok if they did this. They probably did, I don’t see them stepping on Anne’s toes with her patronage without her knowledge.

    • February Pisces says:

      I think we have to remember that most of those comments are troll bots, bought and paid for. And those who are actually real, are most likely crazy and unhinged. Plus they never let in any nice comments about them, ever, so it’s just fabricated nonsense.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      BOTS. Most of them are Bots, 100%. And whoever is paying for them is spending a lot of money to elicit exactly that reaction from you. If all goes well (for Bot buyer), eventually you’ll feel so negatively towards them that you either stop following them (self preservation), or even turn against them. You hear it often enough, “I used to like them until….”

      For some funny examples of this, listen to the Sussex Squad Podcast, episode 70, from about 1 hour in. I just discovered them and they’re pretty entertaining and astute.

    • Ginger says:

      There was an article yesterday that said they are bots and paid employees of the DM leaving nasty comments. It’s to push their narrative. If a real person leaves a positive comment it is quickly deleted.

    • PrincessK says:

      The Daily Mail is to blame. They have been stoking up hatred from day one. There is an agenda against the Sussexes and a campaign to raise the profile of the Cambridge’s….an unwritten editorial policy.

  73. Cate says:

    Archie looking up at his dad at the end and saying dadada was just too much. I don’t have kids, not into them but that even melted me. Such a cute chonk. So happy for this family. They deserve all the joy coming their way after everything they’ve been through.

  74. Lowrider says:

    Adorable! He’s a big baby and looks like Harry.

  75. Ruby_Woo says:

    I cannot believe that the other Royal households even have the cheek to acknowledge him after how they’ve behaved. Ugh!

    Chris Ship tweeted an article moaning about how little we see of Archie and linked to an article of all the pictures we have of him, just before this video was released – gross!

    And then there are usual Petty Betty’s literally complaining about Meghan being in the video, but Harry not, lol!

    But that aside; it’s lovely that they look so well and happy and hearing Harry cheering in the background. And it’s lovely that they linked it to a charity. I hope they have a happy life.

    • Ginger says:

      I really don’t get why they are upset he isn’t in the video. He is the one filming it. Who else would film when it’s just them? I don’t think it would be wise to have someone come over to film this so they both could be in the video. The fact that it is Harry himself makes it more sweeter. I love that you can hear him in the video and doing the duck sounds. People need a reason to complain.

      • Ruby_Woo says:

        These people are just miserable and will complain about anything short of seeing Harry leaving Meghan and Archie. Seeing the Sussexes happy and together just makes them even more hateful.

      • MsIam says:

        Exactly, all of the Cambridge stans love when Kate takes pictures but doesn’t that mean she’s not in the picture? They don’t have a problem with that do they? Plus we had that picture Meghan took of Harry and Archie while they were in Canada.

    • Nic919 says:

      Archie has been seen more in his first year than George and Charlotte ever were so this is a false statement from the tab reporters as always.

      • Nowords says:

        Really? I was looking at old posts and it seems like both George and Charlotte were seen a decent amount in their first year and the number of times we’ve seen Archie seems very consistent with that. So, yeah, in reality we’ve seen him the standard number of times not less lol

      • Nic919 says:

        George was seen for his christening and before that the day he was delivered but then he wasn’t seen in person for months after that. He did the tour in Australia at about the same age that Archie was when he visited South Africa. Outside of that they had a few photos here and there but he was not shown out and about that much. Which was understandable since he was so young. Charlotte also was not seen in person for months at a time either. Louis has been a bit more visible in photos but not more than Archie. George and Charlotte have been seen more now that have started school, and being in weddings, but really none of the royal kids are seen that much before they start pre school.

        Chris Ship is making things up by claiming Archie isn’t seen as much as it is a false narrative.

      • Nowords says:

        What about candid pictures at polo games and stuff? I remember seeing those and Kate took a bunch of pictures they personally released.

        But yes, Ship is clearly confused and getting his info wrong. We’ve seen Archie more than enough for a 1 year old. It’s creepy to demand photos of kids.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I only remember two polo photo op appearances of George, long before Meghan came along. They were after the RRs complaining about not seeing George ever. One of those was the trip where Autumn Phillips had to rescue George from the polo ponies, because Kate was too busy posing on the hill to pay attention to her child.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      There is no possible version of this birthday celebration they wouldn’t complain about. Don’t let them upset you.

  76. Guest with Cat says:

    Hey folks, did you all notice this was for the charity Princess Anne is famous for promoting? Just a few weeks ago there was the article talking about her extensive work with Save the Children and how she wishes the younger royals would go more old school and simple in promoting their patronages. I wonder if Anne invited them or contacted them to do this. It would be sweet if she did. I’d like to think there isn’t bad blood between Harry and his entire family.

    I do think the way the other royals celebrated Archie’s birthday on social media was appropriately formal and dignified and respectful to his privacy. I hope they will be kind and loving when next they see him and Meghan and Harry in person. I don’t expect it of all of them. But I hope for it.

    This video was a fantastic and sweet way to celebrate Archie’s birthday and spotlight this worthy charity. And it shows they still very much care about the UK.

    Archie is so adorable and so relatable. So is Meghan. She does glow, though i think that term is absurd, but she really does. I love this video and it recalls happy times reading to my own daughter when she was a baby. I held her in my lap, too.

    This book is actually a bit long for a one year old. I had the same problem keeping my daughter focused with “Goodnight Moon” until my baby was about 14 months old. Then it became a game of pointing out the mouse. Lol.

    There is one thing that really bothers me about this video, though. Was that thing a duck or was it a rabbit? I feel I shall never know! Lol.

    Happy Birthday Archie! I hope someday to see a video of your mother or father reading “Fox in Socks” to you! My daughter is now 15 and we still read that one together and dissolve in fits of laughter.

    Thanks Meghan and Harry for sharing him with us in this meaningful and sweet way. I see now what has Harry rolling on the floor in fits of laughter, himself.

    • Harper says:

      I noticed it was Save the Children UK Instagram too. Possibly Harry’s pick and immune to criticism, one would hope.

    • Natalee says:

      I doubt stuffy old Annie even knows what Instagram is or that this campaign exists.

      • Ruby_Woo says:

        Same here. I had no idea that Anne was a patron for STC until this video and then it’s all ‘how dare they do something with Anne’s charity’. I

    • betsyh says:

      I only see the rabbit.

  77. Mtec says:

    Okay this video was too adorable!! And hilarious that Archie is so unruly and wants to turn every page himself, haha. & Harry laughing in the background, so sweet.

    Does Meghan (and i mean this is the best way possible) remind anyone else of Julia Roberts a little bit? (Not Julia as a person) but I find she and Julia have a similar vibe or tone and inflection. I don’t know how to describe it, but she reminds me of Julia how I know her on screen. Meghan’s very charming.

    • Bella says:

      Yes.

    • Flying Fish says:

      Yes.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      Julia Roberts was asked about this in an interview. She was delighted to hear she was Meghan’s idol and that they look alike. 😬

      • Mtec says:

        Haha @Bella Dupont, I thought you were joking at first, but then googled it and it’s true! That’s so funny. You can tell the admiration is mutual.

    • Bohemian Angel says:

      Meghan’s tone has always reminded me of Laura Linney in Love Actually (haven’t seen her in anything else), but she has such a soft soothing voice, which makes me believe she’s incapable of shouting despite the story of her going to town on Kate’s staff.

      • Mtec says:

        @Bohemian Angel
        What an interesting observation! I had to go and find a clip of Linney from that movie to remember, and yeah I can totally hear it!

        And I agree, it’s hard to imagine her ever loosing her cool and getting irate at someone. She’s never given the impression she feels entitled to anything, so those stories will always be bs to me.

    • yinyang says:

      Meghan has a likeness to Julia Roberts, Kate has a likeness to Hilarie Burton from one tree hill, Harry looks like that bully from A Christmas Story, and William looks like Napolean Dynamite, ha.

  78. yinyang says:

    Oh my, what a grumpy little prince, so cute. The handsomest one in the family!! And Meghan looks like a tired proud mother–I love it!!

  79. Noodle says:

    She is a natural teacher. One of my tasks as a professor of teacher education is to watch videos of my students teaching a lesson or leading activity, then annotating within the video what I see in terms of pedagogical best practices, or provide ideas or suggestions for ways to enhance learning. It was hard for me to watch the video without drifting into teacher mode, and thinking about my comments to her were she my student. Creating the anticipation (“What happens next, Arch?”), enforcing concepts of print (“Turn the page”, “That’s the cover”), and even redirecting when he was throwing the book around were excellent teaching practices. While many parents make great teachers and man teachers make great parents, it’s awesome to see someone naturally use pedagogical strategies without it being contrived. She is a natural!

  80. Lila says:

    Goodness, that video makes me happy. They’re sooooo happy. So relaxed. So connected with each other. And Archie wanting to read all the books (or eat them, or throw them on the floor) was ridiculously adorable. What a beautiful, happy family.

  81. K.T says:

    Awwwww that was lovely! And a brilliant use of the duck-rabbit problem of Wittgenstein. It’s about logic, language & perception…so fascinating and sweet for a baby book. Meghan so smart, I can’t imagine those viper courtiers could keep up with her!

  82. Brailler says:

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  83. Brailler says:

    Sure, Meghan may be pregnant again but I am so confused by the speculation wondering if that’s why she is holding him on her lap. I legit can’t think of any other way to read to a baby. Like, how would that even work? How do you read to a baby without holding him/her? I can’t think of even one other way it could possibly be done…? Am I missing something here? Would you put him in a crib or high chair and read to him from across the room? I literally can’t think of a single other way that makes sense or is even really physically possible…?

    • Em says:

      I thought the same thing… Also, as someone said above, Archie would likely have run away if she hadn’t been holding him in her lap!

      As for Baby #2, I guess we’ll all see in due course (though I think I remember Harry saying something to/with Jane Goodall about only having one child?).

    • L4frimaire says:

      When my kids were small always read with them in my lap. It’s great snuggle time and helps them see the pictures better.

  84. Guest says:

    Lol. Archies birthday is the first non political/coronavirus story on dailymail that is at the top spot.

  85. jferber says:

    I am newly in love with this darling family. Meghan is a fabulous reader of children’s books. She also seems like a fantastic mom. Archie is just too adorable for words. Harry taking the video and helping with duck noises is precious. I so hope that chunky boy will get a sister or brother. Harry’s English family are such assholes to reject the perfection of Meghan, Harry and Archie.

  86. Flying Fish says:

    Arch, Happy Birthday.

  87. Bella DuPont says:

    For crying out loud, I can’t stop watching this bloody video. I’m at number 8 now.

    Happy birthday Archie!!!!🎂🎂🎈🎈🎉🎉🎉🍾🍾🍾

  88. nicegirl says:

    That baby is a fat piece of Heaven. I’m here for it. Yay and Bravo!!

  89. OriginalLala says:

    I love chonky babies! He is really super adorable

    • Babz says:

      He is such a big boy, and Meghan is so tiny, but she handles him with ease. This is such a beautiful video of a happy, loved baby and his gorgeous mom, with proud dad wielding the camera – this move was the best thing they ever did, for themselves as well as for sweet Archie. Back to watch the video again! Happy Birthday, little man!! 🥳🎉

  90. Mtec says:

    I wonder if Meghan and Harry know about #Archieday, it’s such a wonderful thing Sussex fans are doing.

  91. Cg2495 says:

    This is amazing! For those who questioned Meghan’s engañen power this is quite a revelation… save the children U.K. had only 91k followers after they posted this video they are up to 101k and continues to increase. This video is probably the most viewed on their Instagram with close to 450k and growing. People are donating in the name of Archie and just loving this video. I’m very happy that they decided to do this and help such a noble cause. Baby Arch is a beautiful boy and they all look so happy! Really love this !

  92. Well-Wisher says:

    Happy Birthday Archie !!
    Hip Hip Hoorah!!!!!

  93. Jean says:

    I have watched the video so many times. Can’t stop!!!!!

  94. Christina says:

    This makes me so happy for Archie, Meghan and Harry. They have what really matters. They are a beautiful family, and he’s such a big, beautiful boy!

    Happy birthday, Archie!

  95. HeyThere! says:

    He looks like an adorable, happy, typical energy filled baby and that makes me so happy to see! He really is a doll!!

  96. Busyann says:

    He is such a cutie! Happy Birthday Archie!
    Yep, Ive been thinking Meghan is pregnant since she wore a black top to volunteer a few weeks ago. There was a side photo of her and I thought, “yep”. The way Meghan was taking great care to position Archie in front of her towards the end of the video solidified it for me even more. I hope it’s a little girl.

  97. IntheKnow says:

    Archie rules the roost!
    I think it’s hysterical..
    Archie drops book
    Meghan picks up book and put it back
    Archie is like ‘nope’, drops it again.

    LOL.

  98. aquarius64 says:

    Happy Birthday Archie! What a cutie and two front teeth. And please stop cursing this child saying he has Toxic Tom’s genes. It’s bad enough Archie shares DNA with the Markle Monsters. The royals acknowledged the birthday because it looks bad if they don’t.

  99. woohoosah says:

    I don’t know how people don’t see Meghan’s face in that child. His coloring is all dad, but he looks a lot like Meghan.

  100. Dee says:

    So nice to see a baby dressed in a onesie and not some Little Lord Fauntleroy getup from the archives. So cute and natural.

  101. MsIam says:

    Such a doll! Really wishing them the best and lots of love!

  102. lucy2 says:

    Well that was the cutest thing EVER.
    How lovely to do that to encourage fundraising for kids, and how happy their little family seems to be.

  103. Wilmarama says:

    Why is Archies head the same size as Meghans? He is one enormous baby.

    • yinyang says:

      Because a baby’s head size doesn’t grow as fast a rate as his body, that’s why babys have bigger heads in proportion to their body, while adults have smaller heads in proportion to their body. (That’s why infants heads need to be supported).

    • tempest prognosticator says:

      It’s got to be an optical illusion. Otherwise, he’s an unusually large one year old.

    • ennie says:

      Have you seen Natalie Portman in Cold Mountain? she was a tiny woman holding a huge baby. I only found a pic and it does not do justice on how overall big the baby was. I think it made the scene more heart-wrenching. . And many times in real life it is like that, small framed women carrying big babies.

      • Jaded says:

        It’s because Archie is closer to the camera than Meghan. Yes he’s a chonky baby but he’s a year old now. Meghan isn’t teeny tiny BTW, she’s 5’6″.

  104. kyliegirl says:

    I love that it is not perfect. Especially now when many parents are struggling and feeling like they are just getting by. This video shows a loving, connected family, but not perfect. Clearly the book is well loved, and well chomped on. :) It also reflected the times as many of us are still in our PJ’s or sweats that they are not dressed to the nines. They shared a bit of their daily lives with us and brought much needed attention to a well deserved charity. Well done! Happy Birthday Archie!

  105. Nowords says:

    Agh, what a happy video and SO refreshing to see. Happy birthday to the sweet little one! Thanks for gifting me a smile on your birthday :)

  106. Ann says:

    Super cute. Did any of you notice that he liked the page with the bread? Hearing the word “bread” and turning to that page made him smile after a bit of fussing . . he wanted to stay on the bread page! :-)

  107. Lily says:

    He is such a cutie patootie :)

  108. Exhausted says:

    He’s so big!! I love chunky babies! Happy birthday, Archie!

  109. Awkward symphony says:

    Aww he is indeed “to due for”😍bless him. I agree with you Kaiser he might be different when we see him next time! His hair is no longer reddish it’s almost brown. Still, I think he’ll have harry’s features more than meghan

    What a lovely way to celebrate his birthday. Proves how others are so clueless and useless. This is already raising thousands for two charities. Well done H&M&A

  110. David says:

    Aw, happy birthday!

  111. paddingtonjr says:

    Happy Birthday Archie! What an adorable happy chunk! It’s great to see how glowing and relaxed Meghan seems, especially after all the drama of the last few years. And hearing Harry from off-screen being supportive and doing voices is so fun. This video is very Sussex: informal, accessible and benefitting charity.

  112. L4frimaire says:

    This video was so cute. Meghan looks so pretty and chill, and love how she reads to him. Archie is doing typical baby stuff, love when he throws the book down, and Harry cracking up in the background. Also when they both quack, lol. So great they did it for a good cause. I donated for Archie day, but going to donate to Save the Children now. That book is well read and well worn, with his little teeth marks on it. Really made me smile today.

  113. lili says:

    Lovely casual look. Perfect PR wise. Also nice that Cambridges wished him happy b-day.
    To native English speakers – what accent will Archie have?

  114. Mandy says:

    Why are they showing their baby’s face on the internet? The words “safety” and “privacy” mean nothing to celebrities.

    • Jaded says:

      What on earth do you think is going to happen? They’re in a well secured, gated community and nobody knows where it is. This is the first we’ve seen of Archie in months, it’s not like they’re shilling him out like the Kardashians.

    • Gingerbee says:

      Here a thought Mandy. Non celebrities also show their children on the internet. Give it a rest. My god, you people complain about every little thing when it comes to Meghan.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Ah, another troll lost their way from the Fail.

  115. Reece says:

    He’s so cute and chonky! And when he drops the book and looks up at Harry! 😍😍

  116. Gingerbee says:

    So adorable. I am so glad that H&M shared the video. Sussexsquard is very happy.

  117. Ladiabla says:

    Love the video, Archie is adorable and Meghan seems so happy and at ease, just a natural at being a Mom. Harry must be so proud. No frills and no formality, so happy for their little family! His mama must be smiling down on them too 😇

  118. Molly says:

    I’m going to be very petty with my comment……but Archie clearly has Royal genes. On the other hand Cambridge fans literally twist themselves all sorts of ways to fine Royal genes in the Cambridge children when they all look like the Middletons….ok I’ done but that felt soooo good!!!

  119. Awkward symphony says:

    Sorry I meant “to die for”😅
    This was so natural and sweet. I bet KeenKueen will do something like this next week lol. As someone who’s all about children’s development and emotional wellbeing of pupils, families..etc she shouldve done something like this weeks ago like on international day of books Ap23.

  120. MA says:

    Notice the authenticity. No decorative books here *cough*, that book is clearly well-used and well-loved.

    Also interesting that none of the BRF have new photos of Archie to share. They can GTFO with their fakeness

  121. blunt talker says:

    Archie is bubbly and energetic in this video. He rules the roost in his parents house. So very natural with allowing Archie to be Archie is a great thing. His parents are very involved with his developments-he is beginning to talk and his teeth are starting to come in. Meghan mentioned these things back in March in the UK. I have looked at the video at least 5 times because it makes me smile during a gloomy time in this world. I have heard that the DM have paid bots to make statements negative towards the Sussexes. May God have mercy on their hearts and souls. To direct hate towards any person and call yourself a good person or a godly person -you will have answer for this behavior in God’s kingdom. The Daily Mail and all the other tabloid rags are a sign of evil and and meaness that will not be tolerated in God’s kingdom.

  122. blunt talker says:

    PS-Some woman author named Emily said something very nasty towards Meghan and then later apologized and tried to explain herself. Regardless of her reasons-this is Meghan and Harry son’s and mother’s day is this Sunday-what she said doesn’t make sense. When you look at this author she reminds you of all the other nasty Beckys who make these type of statements-then say it was not racial. I prefer honesty is the best policy-If you disapprove of interracial marriages just say so-a negative rant won’t be necessay-if you disapprove of Meghan’s racial backgroumd to marry in the royal family just say so-everyone will know where you stand. This constant I dislike her but cannot explain what she did to you personally is complete stupidity and nonsense. Did she do anything that would change/harm your life in any way? NO Her marriage to Prince Harry-did it change/harm your life in anyway?NO Her having a baby with her husband-did it change/harm your life in anyway?NO Dishonest and evil-hearted people towards this couple show their true colors everytime. The women who dislike Meghan but usually cannot give a definite answer as to why-really the bottom of the barrel in society. They are weak links with small minds to not be able to say and define their stance. If the Sussexes are satisfied with choices-will these choices effect your daily life in anyway?NO I don’t like the season of summer-I don’t like to sweat-it messes with my hair-I have to change clothes 2 or 3 times a day-I have water plants and grass everyday-Does this particular season effect my life?YES There is a difference between disliking something/someone and it affecting your life. None of the things people say about the Sussexes affects their life at all. It is of no concern except to the Sussex and family.

  123. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    OMG! Archie is simply the cutest! I definitely see Harry in him, but Meghan is there as well. He is just an adorable little chunk.

  124. Sass says:

    This was the CUTEST! He is such a cute baby!!!