Meghan Markle reads with son Archie in sweet video released for his first birthday


MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have shared a sweet video reading a book to baby Archie to celebrate his first birthday.

The mum was seen reading ‘Duck! Rabbit!’ to the birthday boy as proud dad Harry filmed them – heard quacking in the background.

Meghan Markle is seen beaming as she reads to baby Archie
Meghan was filmed reading Duck! Rabbit!

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The little boy – who is seventh in line to the throne – is expected to mark his first birthday with Zoom calls to his aunt Kate and uncle William.

The royal family today wished the little boy a “very happy” first birthday.

In a message posted on Twitter this morning, the Cambridges wished Archie a “very happy first birthday” today.

The sweet note was shared online along with a photograph of the family posing at his christening.

Proud grandparents Prince Charles and Camilla also joined the birthday wishes, sharing a photo of Prince Harry cradling Archie at his christening as his dad looks on.

They wrote: “A very Happy Birthday to Archie, who turns one today.

“This photo of Archie and his grandfather was taken following his christening in July 2019.”

And the Royal Family Twitter account also shared a message to the littlest royal.

They wrote: “Happy Birthday to Archie Mountbatten-Windsor who is celebrating his 1st birthday today!

“Archie is The Queen’s eighth great-grandchild.”

And Archie and his parents Meghan and Harry are also expected to call the Queen for the one-year-old’s birthday.

The Cambridges shared a birthday message to little Archie along with a photo from his christening. It shows the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Sussex, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Prince of Wales, Doria Ragland, the sisters of Princess Diana Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale and the Duke of Cambridge

Baby Archie will celebrate his first birthday today in LA

Baby Archie will celebrate his first birthday today in LA
Clarence House wished little Archie a happy birthday
Birthday messages were shared online by the Royal Family to little Archie

It will be a relatively quiet day for the family in California, having moved to LA just before America went into lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The couple have made Los Angeles their home and they and other residents of California have been living under a “stay-at-home” order made by the state’s governor Gavin Newsom.

And royal write Katie Nicholl said Archie was likely to chat with his cousins George, Charlotte and Louis online.

Speaking to OK! Magazine she said: “The Queen will wish him happy birthday this week via Zoom as will the Cambridge children.

“They haven’t seen their little cousin in months so they’ve been looking forward to seeing how much he’s grown.”

America is where Meghan and Harry plan to bring up their son after walking away from the royal family in order to become financially independent, after their hopes of earning money while still supporting the Queen were ruled out.

The young royal has experienced an eventful 12 months since he was born at London’s Portland Hospital – first living in a cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle, then an exclusive home on Vancouver Island in Canada and now in the sprawling metropolis known as the City of Angels.

Archie was born on May 6 2019 at 5.26am, weighing 7lb 3oz, and a few days after his birth his parents proudly showed him to the world, before the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh saw the infant for the first time.

Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, a yoga instructor and social worker, was pictured at the royal gathering and she has been a constant presence in the Sussexes lives, and lives in Los Angeles where Meghan grew up and went to school.

He received his greatest exposure when the Sussexes took their son on his first royal tour, visiting South Africa last autumn when he was four months old.

The royal baby received a welcome kiss from Archbishop Desmond Tutu when Harry and Meghan introduced him to one of the heroes of the anti-Apartheid movement.

Archie made an impression with the Archbishop’s daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe, who joked the young royal favoured “ladies better” when she caught him glancing in her direction and Meghan declared “he likes to flirt”.

Earlier in 2019 Archie was photographed in his mother’s arms while his father took part in a charity polo match.

Meghan and Harry are the subject of a highly anticipated book, due for publication in August, which its authors have said they want to be a “definitive story” about the couple.

And in another development in their lives, the duchess lost the first High Court skirmish in her claim against the publisher of the Mail on Sunday over publication of a “private and confidential” letter to her estranged father.

Meghan is suing Associated Newspapers over five articles, two in the Mail on Sunday and three on MailOnline, which were published in February 2019 and reproduced parts of a handwritten letter she sent to Thomas Markle, 75, in August 2018.

In a ruling last Friday, Mr Justice Warby struck out parts of Meghan’s claim against the publisher, including allegations that it acted “dishonestly” by leaving out certain passages of the letter, following an application by Associated Newspapers.

Archie was born one year ago today
Prince Harry grins with his baby boy – who will turn one today
The seventh in line to the throne had a starring role on the couple’s Christmas card
Archie has had a busy first year of his life
The little boy was introduced to the world just days after his birth
He then met Archbishop Desmond Tutu while his parents were on a tour around Africa
The littlest royal can be seen here in his christening photo
Meghan showed off her son while husband Harry played polo soon after he was born