Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, celebrated his second birthday this week, and the little lad’s day was filled with Zoom calls to relatives in the UK.
He reportedly enjoyed birthday chats with, among others, his aunt and uncle, Prince William and Kate Middleton, cousins, Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3, and of course his great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen.
And, say reported royal sources, the two-year-old has picked up a “distinct American accent” in the past eight months, according to Yahoo.
With Archie’s parents unlikely to be returning to the UK any time soon, Royal expert and author Katie Nicholl recently told Okay! magazine, Zoom calls are likely to be the main way Archie connects with his cousins for the foreseeable future.
"(Harry) always wanted his children to grow up close to William and Kate's," she said. "Sadly it's looking increasingly unlikely for Archie."
Nevertheless, Katie said Archie was likely to have had an amazing day: "Lockdown is lifting and the sun in California is shining – I'm sure they'll have a lovely celebration at home…Harry will make a really big fuss of Archie.”
Harry and Meghan proudly shared a birthday photo of little Archie – and arty, sepia-tones shot showing him standing in a garden with his back to the camera, holding a large bunch of balloons.
The post was shared alongside a picture of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son taken taken just a few days after he was born.
The Sussexes also released a short video of Meghan reading the popular children's book, Duck! Rabbit!, to her son.
As well as the more personal greetings from his gamily, a message posted to the Royal Family's official Twitter account said: "Wishing Archie Mountbatten-Windsor a very happy 2nd birthday today."
Prince Harry and his wife – who are expecting their second child – posted a statement on their Archewell foundation website, saying how they had been "deeply touched" by people who had donated to charities in honour of Archie's birthday in previous years.
They went on to ask for people to support global vaccine alliance GAVI, saying: "We will not be able to truly recover until everyone, everywhere, has equal access to the vaccine.
"We cannot think of a more resonant way to honour our son's birthday. If we all show up, with compassion for those we both know and don't know, we can have a profound impact."
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