Meghan Markle is seen reading the book 'Duck! Rabbit!' written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld to her toddler in the video.
The first birthday of a child is a special occasion for the parents. It's a special day to celebrate your little bundle of joy, who may not even be aware entirely of why everyone is making a big deal of them. Whether you're a celebrity or not, this day is one that is going to be forever close to your heart. Special occasions like this might be a little hard to celebrate the way you want to during the lockdown but that doesn't mean that it has to be a dampener throughout.
For Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle, their little bundle of joy's first birthday happened to be during the lockdown. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor turned one on May 6 and the proud parents celebrated the day in a special way. They released a video recorded by Harry in which Meghan can be seen reading to her little boy. The video was shared on the Instagram account of the charity Save the Children, who raise awareness about the lack of food security for children.
During the video, the Suits actress reads out the book Duck! Rabbit! written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld to her toddler, who seems very eager to hear the entire story. In the video, which is part of Save the Children's #SaveWithStories campaign, the duchess is holding her giggly son. She also reveals his nickname by chance when she calls him "Arch," as per Harper's Bazaar.
The Duchess of Sussex is helped by her son in turning the pages while she reads enthusiastically to him and to the viewers. Meanwhile, camera guy Harry is heard cheering for his son during the reading and after they reach the end of the book. At one point, the Duchess makes duck sounds and those are repeated by Harry. She ends the reading by kissing him. In the meantime, her son was ready with another book already.
The video was posted with the caption, "THIRTY MILLION CHILDREN rely on school for food. Responding to the needs of kids during these school closures @savethechildren and @nokidhungry have a new fund @SAVEWITHSTORIES to support food banks, and mobile meal trucks, and community feeding programs with funds to do what they do best—and also—with educational toys, books, and worksheets to make sure brains are full, as well as bellies."
Meanwhile, other members of the royal family also wished the youngest great-grandchild of the Queen. Her royal highness wished Archie through her official Twitter handle saying, "Happy Birthday to Archie Mountbatten-Windsor who is celebrating his 1st birthday today!🎈🎉 Archie is The Queen’s eighth great-grandchild." The photo of their first meeting was shared with the caption.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a photo from Archie's Christening featuring Prince William and Duchess Kate, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, as well as Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland. They wrote, "Wishing Archie a very happy first birthday today!" as per Harper's Bazaar. The couple celebrated their second child, Princess Charlotte's birthday on May 2 and of their youngest, Prince Louis, on April 23.
Prince Charles, Archie's grandfather, also wished his youngest grandchild through his official Twitter account. He said, "A very Happy Birthday to Archie, who turns one today." It accompanied a photo of Archie, Prince Harry, and Prince Charles. It was taken following the toddler's christening in July 2019.
A very Happy Birthday to Archie, who turns one today. 🎈— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) May 6, 2020
This photo of Archie and his grandfather was taken following his christening in July 2019.
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Harry and Meghan are in Los Angeles currently and haven't been able to travel back to the UK due to the global health situation. Travel advisories are in place across the world and non-essential travel has been restricted. Harry had spoken about being in lockdown with his family previously and he chose to see the silver lining when he said that he was able to spend a lot more time with his family.
"There’s a hell of a lot of positives that are happening at the same time and being able to have family time — so much family time — that you almost think, 'Do I feel guilty for having so much family time?''' he shared while speaking from his LA home. "You’ve got to celebrate those moments where you are just on the floor rolling around in hysterics. Inevitably, half an hour later, maybe a day later, there’s going to be something that you have to deal with and there’s no way you can run away from it," he added, according to PEOPLE.