Baby Archie has delighted royal fans by making a surprise appearance on day three of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal tour of South Africa.
The gorgeous four-month-old - whose full name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor - was on hand to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu with his proud parents on Wednesday.
Now, social media is abuzz with comparisons between the smiley bub and his dad, Prince Harry.
‘Twins’: Archie and Harry
It appears that it’s a case of like father like son if happy snaps and video from Archie’s royal tour debut are anything to go by.
The chatty, giggly tot was dressed in a white long-sleeved top and a pair of affordable baby blue dungarees which were not unlike a pair sported by his dad back in 1986.
But the resemblance didn’t end there. It looks like Archie has inherited Harry’s flaming red hair, along with his cheeky grin.
So similar were the father and son that it prompted many on Twitter to label Archie Harry’s “twin”.
Harry twin— Slaying-hombre (@SlayingHombre) September 25, 2019
Omg Archie and Prince Harry are literally twins 😍— lena (@lena_darlingg) September 25, 2019
Omg Archie looks exactly like Harry as a baby— 𝓛𝓸𝓿𝓮, Sara 🏹 (@swiftsblaze) September 25, 2019
Damn ! Archie looks like Harry. 😍— Ayo😍 Elozonam's bae (@MsAyomidele) September 25, 2019
The resemblance is alarming.#RoyalVisitAfrica
Just like his grandpa?
Others are saying that the tiny tot looks a little bit like his grandfather, Thomas Markle Sr.
Meghan’s estranged father Thomas has yet to meet his newest grandchild and was not on hand to walk his daughter down the aisle during her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.
The former TV lighting director, who lives in Mexico, used this past Father’s Day to make a public plea for the Duchess to send him a photo of Archie.
Archie looks a lot like Thomas Markle. Irony.— TrixieP (@TrixieParson) September 25, 2019
Archie looks sooooo much like M’s dad, Thomas Markle.— Donna Hudgens (@donna_hudgens) September 25, 2019
Archie’s adorable nickname
Social media is going wild for the appearance, with people calling it “the cutest” and “adorable”.
A keen-eared Twitter user noted that dad Harry refers to the little one as “Arch” in the footage, commenting on how sweet this nickname is.
It seems that Archie is fond of his monicker, with the beaming bub giggling in response to his father’s voice.
Adorable!!! 💕— 🌱 MeggyMags 🐾 (@meggymags) September 25, 2019
Archie an ‘old soul’
Later on during the Sussex’s sit-down chat with Archbishop Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe, proud dad Harry was heard saying that Archie is “an old soul”.
Thandeka remarked of the youngster, “You like the ladies. He's going to be a ladies' man.”
The Sussex Royal Instagram account shared a cute snap of the Archbishop planting a kiss on little Archie’s forehead, which was captioned, “Arch meets Archie”.
More here from their meeting. Meghan said of Archie, “He’s an old soul”. Harry said of the cameras: “I think he is used to it already.” #sussexroyaltour #RoyalTourSouthAfrica #ArchieHarrison pic.twitter.com/l9K4YN7ecR— Emily Nash (@emynash) September 25, 2019
The Sussex’s tribute to Diana
We caught a glimpse of the youngest British royal when he landed in Cape Town with his parents, Meghan Markle, 38, and Prince Harry, 35 on Monday morning.
The beanie is almost an exact replica of the one a then-four-month-old Harry was wearing while he was carried off a flight by his mum after landing in Aberdeen in 1985.
It was unclear which engagements Archie would be present at during his first royal tour and he was nowhere to be seen for the first two days, with Meghan telling 81-year-old Somaya Ebrahim, a former District Six resident, “he’s sleeping”, according to People.
However, he was honoured with a South African name, Ntsika – pronounced “in-Tsee-kah” – during the Duke and Duchess’ engagement at the South African organisation Justice Desk yesterday.
Additional reporting by Francesca Specter.
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