Harry and Meghan to celebrate Archie’s second birthday

Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son Archie during a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Toby Melville/PA) (PA Wire)
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will celebrate the second birthday of their son, who helped inspire his mother’s new picture book.

Archie turns two on Thursday and has spent much of his life living in north America with his parents, Harry and Meghan.

The duchess has revealed her son and husband and their special bond was the inspiration behind her first children’s publication, The Bench.

The little boy has only been seen rarely during the past 12 months, but did feature in a black and white video clip released in March, showing him walking along a beach watched by his parents and the family’s pet dog, Guy.

As he walked towards his father, who filmed the moment, the youngster ducked down and walked through the gap in his legs.

When he made a surprise appearance in the Sussexes’ first podcast for Spotify in December, his American accent could clearly be heard as he was encouraged to say a few words for the audience.

The Sussexes’ Christmas card was decorated with a stylised image of Archie and his parents sitting in front of a Wendy house, thought to be at their Californian home, with the couple’s pet dogs.

The image was based on a photograph taken by Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, and a tiny Christmas tree in the picture had been decorated with ornaments selected by Archie.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor 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 him for the first time.

Meghan’s mother, a yoga instructor and social worker, was pictured at the 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.

For his first birthday Harry and Meghan released a video of their boisterous son playing up for the camera as his mother read him the popular children’s tale Duck! Rabbit!

Fans will be hoping the couple follow royal tradition and release a picture of Archie to mark his second birthday.

Since stepping down as working royals and moving to the US the Sussexes have forged ahead with their lives.

Oprah Winfrey interviews Duke and Duchess of Sussex (PA Media)

The couple have signed lucrative deals, thought to be worth well over £100 million, with Spotify and Netflix, that have given them the capital to pursue their new lifestyle and public goals.

They have also bought a multi-million pound home in the celebrity enclave of Montecito in California, launched a non-profit foundation and announced Meghan’s pregnancy, with the baby girl due in the summer, after a miscarriage last year.

Harry and Meghan’s recent interview with Oprah Winfrey left the royal family in crisis after they alleged the monarchy was a racist and uncaring institution.

The couple claimed a member of the family, not the Queen or the late Duke of Edinburgh, made a racist comment about their son, and how the duchess had suicidal thoughts but her approaches to the monarchy for help were turned down.

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