Has it really been a year already since baby Archie was born? How time flies!
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, celebrated his first birthday on May 6, 2020. And to go along with that very important milestone, the family recorded a new video in which the Duchess of Sussex reads “Duck! Rabbit!” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal to her little one.
The video was posted to the Instagram account @savewithstories, which is an initiative from actors Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams in partnership with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry. The account features celebrities from Jimmy Fallon and Kate Winslet to Jamie Lee Curtis and Reese Witherspoon reading to children in order to support vulnerable kids during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The super-cute video at @savewithstories features Archie turning the pages of the board book, making cute noises, squirming and smiling.
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“Duck! Rabbit!” by @akrfoundation & @tlichtenheld (published by @chroniclekidsbooks). Read by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex (with Harry, The Duke of Sussex behind the camera) to their son Archie for his 1st Birthday. Happy Birthday, Archie! . THIRTY MILLION CHILDREN rely on school for food. Responding to the needs of kids during these school closures @savethechildren and @nokidhungry have a new fund @SAVEWITHSTORIES to support food banks, and mobile meal trucks, and community feeding programs with funds to do what they do best—and also—with educational toys, books, and worksheets to make sure brains are full, as well as bellies. . If you can manage a one time gift of $10, please text SAVE to 20222. If another amount would work better for you, please visit our website—link in bio. There is no maximum and there is no minimum—together we will rise and together we can help. . Thank you and stay safe. XX #SAVEWITHSTORIES
The best part is getting a glimpse into the sweet and casual interactions of the young family, including Prince Harry, whose voice can be heard.
Although he’s too little to understand the importance of his birthday, the world gets it. Baby Archie, who does not have a title, received many birthday greetings from people around the world, including his royal relatives.
Here’s a greeting for him from the @KensingtonRoyal account, the official account of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Wishing Archie a very happy first birthday today! ð pic.twitter.com/dEjvnSjGGM
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 6, 2020
Here’s one from his family at Buckingham Palace:
Happy Birthday to Archie Mountbatten-Windsor who is celebrating his 1st birthday today! ð
Archie is The Queen’s eighth great-grandchild. pic.twitter.com/PMaiY6NR1a
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 6, 2020
Here’s one from Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall:
A very Happy Birthday to Archie, who turns one today. ð
This photo of Archie and his grandfather was taken following his christening in July 2019.
ð¸ Chris Allerton ©ï¸ Sussex Royal pic.twitter.com/AYxqkRxE1d
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) May 6, 2020
Despite his youth, Archie is clearly already being raised in a giving tradition. His parents recently announced that they have named their new nonprofit Archewell; the Greek word “arche,” meaning “source of action,” inspired both names. “We connected to this concept for the charitable organisation we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son’s name,” the couple told “Good Morning America” in a statement.
However, this baby is also inspiring giving, too. The birthday-related good deeds aren’t just limited to the official efforts of his family: Fans of Prince Harry and Markle started a Twitter fundraiser in the youngster’s name at the account @_Archieday_.
Inspired by Harry & Meghan, we invite you to help us celebrate Archie’s birthday w/ a global party! Seeing as COVID-19 is affecting so many lives, we’ve decided to donate to charities in honor of Archie. These charities were selected by our desire to help children: pic.twitter.com/TegMnE4gME
— Archie day (@_Archieday_) April 5, 2020
As of press time, the effort had raised more than $50,000 for COVID-19 relief organizations such as South Africa’s Nourish, the Boys and Girls Club of Canada, Children’s Aid and WellChild. The Archie Day campaign ends May 6.
Such a big influence for such a small child! Happy birthday, Archie. We can’t wait to watch you grow up!