Can you believe it’s been a year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their firstborn into the royal family? Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor celebrates his first birthday today, and you won’t believe how big he has gotten!
To commemorate the occasion, the proud parents released a sweet video of baby Archie during storytime, presumably in their new Los Angeles home. In only his third appearance on camera, Markle reads one of their favorite children books, “Duck! Rabbit!” to Archie as he wiggles in her lap. He even assisted with turning the pages and adorably tossed things to the floor like any toddler would.
Prince Harry can be heard laughing and cheering behind the camera. “Bravo!” he says when the book is finished. (P.S. Anyone else think Archie is the spitting image of his dad?)
The video was shared on the official Instagram account of Save the Children UK, a non-profit the royal family has worked with for over 50 years. The organization is currently collecting donations for vulnerable families during the pandemic, and the video will be used to help raise funds for the #SaveWithStories coronavirus campaign.
“Thank you #DuchessMeghan for helping us to raise urgent funds for our coronavirus appeal,” the caption reads.
The organization goes onto explain how followers can help: “By donating to Save with Stories, you can support the most vulnerable families in the UK and around the world by helping to provide early learning packs, supermarket vouchers, essential household items and virus protection. Please donate today by visiting our website.”
Previous celebrities who have participated in the #SaveWithStories campaign include Poppy Delevigne (who is leading the British campaign), Helen Mirren, Rita Ora, Mindy Kaling, and Jimmy Fallon.
This is baby Archie’s first charity campaign, and we don’t expect it to be his last, considering charitable partnerships are such a big focus of his parents. A spokesman for the Sussexes said: “As they celebrate this family moment, the Duke and Duchess wanted to continue to raise awareness around the urgency of bringing food and learning resources to millions of children.”
Prince Harry and Markle recently stepped down from their official royal duties to focus on their new non-profit organization and public work. The Commonwealth, youth empowerment and education, gender equality, mental health, and veteran welfare are some of the cause near and dear to the couple.