Prince Harry stated that the birth of his son inspired him to step down from his royal duties.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been staying in California with their son Archie for over a year now. Though the couple made various appearances in the media, royal fans have been disappointed in not being able to see little Archie.
However, a recent video shared glimpses of the young boy, who celebrated his second birthday on May 6, 2021. According to People, Archie made his debut in Prince Harry's new AppleTV+ docuseries The Me You Can't See, which he co-created with talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
The footage showed little Archie gleefully enjoying a ride in a wooden swing with his father swinging opposite to him. The video caught the attention of several fans as it was the first time Archie's face was shown out in public since the family's shift to America.
Another footage from the documentary series showed Archie at the beach with Meghan, according to Cambridgeshire Live. The duo is seen exchanging a warm hug before the little one walks away in front with what appears to be a beach shovel. Twitter users were quick to comment and share the videos. Most of them could not hide their excitement.
am i obsessed with this short clip of prince harry with his son archie? yup pic.twitter.com/mtW0RszTuW— Léna (@duchessmeghn) May 23, 2021
"Am I obsessed with this short clip of prince harry with his son archie? yup," wrote one. "This Moment Between Harry and King Archie Is Everything," wrote another.
Meanwhile, Harry's documentary series discloses the struggles he faced growing up in the royal family and throws a shade at the family's approach to mental health and parenting.
“If you’ve been through something, that doesn’t mean that your kids or that everybody else has to go through the same thing you’ve been through”— michelle (@ddarveyy) May 21, 2021
— Prince Harry #TheMeYouCantSee
archie on the beach coloured version! 🥺 pic.twitter.com/sQvJC8rfn7
"My father used to say to me when I was younger, 'Well, it was like that for me, so it's going to be like that for you,'" revealed the Prince, according to People. He added, "That doesn't make sense — just because you suffered, that doesn't mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact quite the opposite. If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences that you had, you can make it right for your kids."
Further, Harry, who has been a long-time advocate for mental health emphasized the importance of breaking the cycle of inheriting pain and suffering from your parents.
Heartbreaking to listen to what Meghan and Harry have gone through.😢😢😢Prince Harry understands "casual racism" and Duchess Meghan, Master Archie, and his future baby sister are in good hands. #TheMeYouCantSee #PrinceHarry pic.twitter.com/pcKHIjCB3j— Rani- Kali (@RaniofJustice) May 22, 2021
"Isn't this all about breaking the cycle? Isn't this all about making sure that history doesn't repeat itself?" asked the Prince. The Prince went on to reveal that his motivation to step away from the royal family came after he had his son Archie.
"I then had a son, who I would far rather be solely focused on, rather than every time I look in his eyes wondering whether my wife is going to end up like my mother and I'm going to have to look after him myself," said the Prince. He added, "That was one of the biggest reasons to leave, feeling trapped, and feeling controlled through fear. Both by the media and by the system itself, which never encouraged the talking about this kind of trauma. Certainly, now I will never be bullied into silence."
“I wish she could’ve met Meghan. I wish she was around for Archie.” pic.twitter.com/Zd02DwFSrs— best of diana (@dianaofhearts) May 21, 2021
Previously, Harry revealed one of his son's first words was "Grandma." He also divulged how his son's words left him bittersweet.
He also stated that he was passing on his mother's legacy to his son. "I got a photo of her in his nursery, and it was one of the first words that he said — apart from 'mama,' 'papa,' it was then 'grandma.' Grandma Diana. It's the sweetest thing, but at the same time, it makes me really sad because she should be here," said the 36-year-old. He added, "I wish she could've met Meghan. I wish she was around for Archie."
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