Life is about to change for little Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and he doesn't even know it yet. The 8-month-old son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is at the center of one of the biggest news stories possibly of this year, but naturally he's too young to realize it. Nonetheless, Archie's life after Markle and Prince Harry announced they're stepping back from their "senior" roles within the royal family will probably look significantly different for him. And, truly, it doesn't seem like that's a bad thing at all.
Last week, Markle and Prince Harry announced their plans to "step back" from their senior royal roles and become "financially independent" from the British monarchy. They plan to split their time between North America and the United Kingdom, and as they explained on their Sussex Royal Instagram, this decision was at least partially made with their son in mind. "This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity," they wrote.
So how will their son's life look different? After all, he will still be the great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth II. But it's the distinction between senior royals and the rest that matters. For Archie, this could mean a life that will look very different from his royal cousins.