Ever since his arrival in May 2019, the world has been transfixed by every single photo of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor we can get our hands on. His parents, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, have been fiercely protective of their little boy, particularly since the entire Sussex clan
moved away from the United Kingdom and royal life to live more privately in their new home in Montecito, California.
Still, every once in a while we get a rare and oh-so-precious glimpse of Archie, grandchild of King Charles, and great-grandson to the late Queen Elizabeth II. And through interviews with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex we get little tidbits of what he’s like as a child. For instance, Prince Harry told James Corden that
Archie loves waffles so much that the queen sent him a waffle maker for Christmas one year. And both of his parents told Oprah Winfrey that their son tells people to “drive safe” and “hydrate” like the coolest kid on the planet. Archie is also the subject of a children’s book by his mom called The Bench, all about his relationship with his dad. He and his baby sister Lilibet “Lili” Diana can get tucked into bed at night with their mom’s own children’s book after a long day of playing outside. Mostly, however, Archie just seems like a very happy, very loved little boy. As evidenced by his sweet updates and photos. Archie’s Accent Is All-American
In the new Netflix docuseries
Harry & Meghan, Archie is heard speaking to his parents. And his accent is quintessentially American. As Prince Harry tries to show him some hummingbirds in the second episode, Archie is more focused on his foot. “I got a dirty foot mama because I was with you,” he’s heard saying as his parents laugh. And his voice is just adorable. Archie Is His Dad’s Boy
The couple’s Netflix documentary also gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday life of the Sussexes of Montecito. And one thing we now know for sure; little Archie is his dad’s boy. Prince Harry was having the time of his life, pushing little Archie around on a suitcase and just loving his life with his little boy. And Archie could not look happier.
Archie Is At The (Cheeky) “Why” Phase
In April 2022, Prince Harry chatted with Hoda Kotb from
TODAY about what it’s like parenting a toddler and a baby. “Archie, the age that he’s at, he’s asking all the questions. He’s just at the why stage. ‘Why this?’ ‘Why that?’” Not that his dad is trying to avoid answering his son. On the contrary. “I give him the most honest answer that I can and then it goes on and on and on until he’s satisfied.”
Prince Harry also admitted to Kotb that his son is a bit “cheeky” just like his dad. “Archie spends more time interrupting our Zoom calls than anybody else,” he said in the interview. Sounds like a toddler to me.
Archie Has A Favorite TV Show
Prince Harry also revealed during a speech at the Invictus Games that Archie has a favorite television series that is apparently inspiring some possible career choices. “When
I talk to my son Archie about what he wants to be when he grows up, some days it’s an astronaut, other days it’s a pilot. A helicopter pilot, obviously. Or Quasi from Octonauts,” Harry said at the time. “If you’re laughing, then you’ve seen it.” Archie Takes Care Of His Chickens
During an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on
The Ellen Show in November 2021, Meghan Markle gave a sweet glimpse of Archie hard at work at “Archie’s Chick Inn,” wearing rubber Peppa Pig rain boots as he fed his chickens (who had their own picnic table, if you can believe it). “He is so sweet with the chickens,” DeGeneres, who is a friend and neighbor of the Sussexes, said. “Archie is just such a gentle soul.” Big Brother Archie
Archie became a big brother on June 4 when Meghan Markle gave birth to baby sister
Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The proud parents announced her arrival on their Archewell website, explaining that their little girl had been named for her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth, whose lifelong nickname is “Lilibet,” as well as Prince Harry’s own mother Princess Diana.
As for 2-year-old Archie, he is apparently loving his
new role as big brother. A spokesperson for the Sussexes told People that he is “very happy to have a little sister,” with a source adding that his parents “prepared Archie by talking a lot about the baby.”
“He is too little to understand though,” the source went on to tell
People. “He is big enough though that he is now starting to have his own life too. He enjoys preschool and outdoor activities. He will have a fun summer." Archie Turns 2!
In honor of Archie’s second birthday on May 6,
Meghan and Harry took to their Archewell website to release a photo of the toddler clutching some balloons and standing under a tree in what looks to be his backyard. Precious. Toddler On The Beach
When the couple sat down for an
in-depth interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, they also shared a sweet little home video of Archie. So big and running on the beach like the little toddler he has become. First Christmas In Canada
Archie spent his first Christmas in Canada with his parents, and he looked adorable in a photo with his dad to celebrate the new year.
Archie Meets The Archbishop Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
During their royal tour of Africa in September 2019, Archie was introduced to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who couldn’t help placing a kiss on his little head.
Happy Birthday Grandpa
When Prince Charles turned 70 in November 2019, Meghan and Harry celebrated him with a photo of Archie.
Dazzling Little Face Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
During his visit with the Archbishop in Cape Town, South Africa, Archie was a real little charmer. And this was also the first time royal fans got a good look at his sweet face.
A Crawling Cutie
For their annual Christmas card in 2019, the
Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a photo of little Archie crawling... pretty impressive for his age. Hanging With His Cousins Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Archie was just a babe in arms when Meghan brought him to watch his dad play polo in July 2019. It was the only time he was ever pictured with his Cambridge cousins.
A Private Moment With Mom & Dad
At his private christening, Archie got a sweet cuddle from his loving parents.
The Gang’s All Here Archie’s christening in July 2019 was attended by his aunt Kate Middleton, uncle Prince William, grandparents Doria Ragland, Prince Charles, and Camilla Parker-Bowles; and his late grandmother Princess Diana’s sisters, Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale. Doted On By The Queen
It’s tough to see Archie’s face as he is all bundled up in this photo from May 2019, but the look on Queen Elizabeth’s face, as well as that of
Markle’s mom Doria Ragland, is all grandmotherly pride. Introducing Archie WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Meghan and Harry didn’t do the photo call outside the hospital when
their son Archie was born. Instead they introduced him to the world a few days later at Windsor Castle.
This article was originally published on
May 1, 2021