How Archies third birthday will hold special meaning to mum Meghan
Archie Mountbatten-Windsor is turning three on Friday, with Prince Harry and Meghan likely to have plenty in store to ensure he has a wonderful day.
But while the focus will be on Archie himself, who was born on May 6, 2019, the day will have a special meaning to his mum, too.
This is because Mother's Day falls on May 9 this year for Americans, just two days after the young Royal's birthday.
Archie is the first-born son of Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, and the pair always like to do something special for Father's Day and Mother's Day, with their son often featuring directly in the celebrations.
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In the past, the pair have posted family photographs on these special days, including Prince Harry's first ever Father's Day, where they posted an adorable photograph of a newborn Archie holding onto his father's finger.
The royal couple also like to provide a little birthday update about Archie each year, having posted a video of him laughing while Harry and Meghan read to him for his first birthday, and a photograph of him holding some balloons facing away from the camera for his second birthday.
With Meghan being American, and the family relocating to Montecito after stepping back from their royal duties in 2020, the family celebrate Mother's Day on the American date, which is always the second Sunday in May, rather than being decided by Easter like in the UK.
The last time we saw a photograph of the birthday boy was at Christmas, where the Sussexes revealed the first photograph of their new daughter, Lilibet, who was born six months prior in June. The photograph, which was used on the family's Christmas card for 2021, showed Archie sitting on his dad's knee, with the Prince's arm around Archie while Meghan held up a laughing Lilibet.
The royal couple made a decision to keep the lives of their children private after stepping away from their royal duties – with a source close to the couple saying Archie would grow up as a "private citizen".
This means that when the couple are spotted in public, such as in recent weeks where the pair promoted the Invictus Games in The Hague, the children do not appear alongside them.
According to royal author Elizabeth Holmes, the Sussexes use a clever trick to keep their children's lives private.
In response to the couple's reveal of Lilibet, the author wrote on Instagram: "This is an absolutely GENIUS way to share their kiddo for the first time ever (for Lili)/a long time (for Archie) because we can see *just enough* of them.
"We know kiddo privacy is huge for H&M and by showing their faces in profile (rather than directly to the camera) helps maintain that as much as they possibly can."
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