Little Archie Mountbatten-Windsor Turns 3 - Royals Wish Meghan & Harry's Son A Happy Birthday

There happen to be a lot of royal family members celebrating their birthdays at this time of year and today is no different — it's Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor's 3rd birthday! The first child and only son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is still relatively young but in the last few years, we've seen the little guy grow up.

Born in the early morning of May 6, 2019, at the Portland Hospital in London, until now, Archie remains the 7th in line to the British Throne. For a boy with only three years under his belt, Archie has certainly moved around the world. After he was born in London, Archie moved with his parents to Vancouver Island for several months before they moved back to Markle's home state of California. Then, after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as working members of the royal family, the family moved to Los Angeles — a familiar place for former actress Markle — in March of 2020.

However, not satisfied with the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles life, the trio decided to settle in Montecito, Santa Barbara, for some more privacy. Since he's moved a countless number of times between three different countries and even toured South Africa with his parents, the little toddler is certainly well-traveled, not to mention well-loved.

One month after Archie's second birthday in 2021, the Sussexes welcomed a daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, which means that Archie is now an older brother. In honor of the young royal's 3rd birthday, let's take a look at his life so far.
Archie's birth in 2019 was a momentous occasion for Prince Harry and Markle. The proud father addressed the public after his son was born and he announced that his wife had delivered a "very healthy baby boy," as he assured everyone that both baby and mother were well and resting.

Then two days later, the young family made their first outing as a unit, with the newborn making his debut as the newest member of the royal family. That same day, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex formally announced their son's name – Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. It was a month later that the world got another glimpse of Archie after the Sussexes shared a photo of their firstborn clenching at Harry's finger.

"Happy Father's Day! And wishing a very special first Father's Day to The Duke of Sussex!" the caption read.

Two months after his birth, on July 6, 2019, Archie was christened in an intimate ceremony at Queen Elizabeth's Private Chapel in Windsor Castle. To mark the special day, the Sussexes released two new photos of their son: one surrounded by his extended family and a second, more intimate shot with his parents.

Interestingly, Archie does not hold a royal title, unlike his cousins, the three children of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The reason for this is because of a letters patent — which is a legal order of the monarch — from 1917, which states that only certain people may have the title of "prince," and Archie sadly does not qualify. While the happy parents were given the option to choose the subsidiary, honorary title of Earl of Dumbarton for their son, they decided not to, according to Time Magazine. The Sussexes decided they wanted a more private life for little Archie.
For Archie's second birthday, the family celebrated quietly at their home in Montecito, California. It was also reported that Archie's grandmother, Doria Ragland, spent the day with her grandson and the Sussexes. It's well known that the royal family has many traditions, but in 2021 it was revealed that Markle reportedly has her own birthday tradition for Archie that was taught to her by her mother. The duchess once wrote on her old blog, The Tig, about a birthday tradition that she does every year that was taught to her by Ragland. According to Elle, Markle wrote on her blog back in 2016:

"My mum has always said that birthdays are your own personal New Year. Your own chance to make resolutions just for yourself and what you prognosticate for your year ahead."

Since Archie spent his birthday with his parents and grandmother in California, it's possible they passed down this tradition to him. Another tradition that Archie partook in for a previous birthday was the popular American tradition of cake-smashing, in which a baby gets their own personal cake to smash and eat on their first birthday.

This year as well, many royal family members wished Archie a happy 3rd birthday on social media. This included his aunt and uncle, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Posting a throwback picture on their Twitter account, the couple included warm birthday wishes. The official royal family Twitter account, posting on behalf of Queen Elizabeth, chimed in as well, also including a throwback picture. Since pictures of Archie are hard to come by, as his parents wish for him to stay out of the spotlight, this is not terribly surprising.

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