Harry and Meghan share new photo of Archie on his second birthday

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Prince Harry and Meghan have shared a new image of their son Archie on his second birthday, as they call for donations to help ensure the coronavirus vaccine can be made available worldwide.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor turned two on Thursday, celebrating in California where he now lives after Harry and Meghan stepped back from their senior royal duties.

The couple later added this picture of their son to the post. (Archewell)
The couple later added this picture of their son to the post. (The Duke and Duchess of Sussex)

Harry and Meghan initially shared a post on their Archewell website asking for donations to Gavi, the vaccine alliance, which buys coronavirus vaccines for countries which cannot afford them.

A few hours later, they updated it with a new image of their son, who is set to become a big brother later this year when Meghan gives birth to their daughter.

The picture was taken at the duke and duchess's home and shows Archie with his back to the camera, looking up at a huge bunch of balloons.

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Harry and Meghan have been very careful about how much information and what images have been released of their son, who has not been in the UK since November 2019.

They took legal action against a picture agency after photographs of him were taken while they were in Canada in January 2020, settling after the agency went into administration.

And they took action against unnamed paparazzi when drones were used to take pictures of the garden of the home they were staying in when they first moved to Los Angeles.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor
Archie on Meghan's lap in South Africa in September 2019. Photo: Getty

But when they were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in March, they included some black and white home footage of Archie playing on the beach, and Harry revealed that he was enjoying taking him for bike rides, or to walk their dogs.

They also shared details of the latest words he was learning, with Meghan saying he liked the word "hydrate" which she found "hysterical".

Harry said he told people to "drive safe" when they left their home.

Archie also appeared in one of the two photographs which the couple shared when they announced Meghan was pregnant with their second child.

The Queen, along with other members of the royal family, shared a 'Happy Birthday' message via her social media account for her great-grandson Archie's birthday.

But royal fans spotted a 'sad' detail about the photos used by her Majesty's account, as well as William and Kate's, and even Charles and Camilla's post.

"Is that the only photo they have, taken two years ago?" one person asked.

"It's sad that The Royal Family doesn't have an updated photo of Archie. The heartbreak... 馃槩"

While a third wrote: "Very sad state of affairs when the supposed future king cuts the mother of his grandchild out of the photo with which he chooses to share. Yes, they haven鈥檛 seen Archie for over 12mnths, but to not include Meghan."

Reporting by Rebecca Taylor.

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