Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have released a video of the duchess reading to their son, Archie, as they mark his first birthday and eagle-eyed fans couldn’t help but notice a very revealing detail about the pint-sized royal hidden in the sweet video.
The family is currently in lockdown in Los Angeles, where they moved to at the end of March, and Archie is the fourth royal to mark his birthday under the pandemic’s restrictions.
Although Harry and Meghan have been very private about their son, they promised fans a new photo for his birthday on Wednesday, and shared the video in conjunction with Save the Children UK.
It’s the first photo of Archie since the pair uploaded a video in January this year, and fans eager for a glimpse into the little one-year-old’s life were rewarded with an adorable hint as to who gifted Archie the book.
In the video, Archie sits on his mum’s lap as she reads “Duck! Rabbit!” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. On the corner of the famous book is a tiny white sticker that on close inspection reads, ‘Archie’s book club’.
It turns out the sticker was popped on there by none other than the queen of book clubs, Oprah Winfrey herself.
Bazaar.com revealed the US talk show host gifted Archie a huge collection of books upon his birth last year.
Each book chosen by the star has one of the adorable stickers with Archie’s name on it, and is a common gift-giving practice of Oprah’s, who did the same for co-star Mindy Kaling’s daughter last year.
Glimpse into LA lifestyle
Apart from dropping huge hints about the family’s future projects, the adorable video also gave fans a glimpse into their new, normal LA life.
Archie helps turn the pages and laughs along with the images, which playfully work out whether an animal is a duck or a rabbit.
Behind the camera, Harry can be heard helping to make some animal noises. At one point, Meghan adds her son’s name into the story, saying: “Look Archie, it’s flying!”
She also reveals they shorten his name to Arch.
Archie gets cheeky on camera
In a moment many parents will relate to, the young royal is distracted by another book, and pulls it up to his mother - for Meghan to tell him “we’ll read that after”.
Archie then proceeds to drop it on the floor twice, prompting Meghan to look at Harry and laugh.
Harry can also be heard cheering behind the camera when they finish reading, and says “Bravo!”
Meghan and Archie are dressed for the warmer California climate in the video, with the duchess in shorts, and Archie in a babygrow and nappy.
Meghan has a few bracelets on her right wrist and her engagement and wedding rings can be spied on her left hand.
A Sussex spokesman said: “As they celebrate this family moment, the Duke and Duchess wanted to continue to raise awareness around the urgency of bringing food and learning resources to millions of children.
“The Duchess chose to read one of Archie’s favourite stories,“Duck! Rabbit!”
The video encourages people to donate to the Save the Children stories campaign to support vulnerable families in the UK.
Meghan joins other famous faces including Helen Mirren, Jude Law, Stephen Fry and the singers Rita Ora and Liam Payne of One Direction who have read stories shared online.
Gemma Sherrington, Fundraising Director at Save the Children UK, said: “Many national education systems already face considerable challenges as a result of conflict and displacement, environmental emergencies and a lack of funding. COVID-19 further compounds these challenges. Countries are under huge pressure in responding to the pandemic, and education budgets risk being reduced.
“We’re delighted that the Duke and Duchess have chosen to focus attention on the need to protect a generation of children from the consequences of COVID-19.”