When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle formally stepped back from their roles as senior royal family members in March 2020, it also signaled another ending. While we’re accustomed to regular, although fleeting glimpses of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s three children, Harry and Meghan’s son baby Archie would then be protected from the constant gaze of a camera lens.
Throughout 2020, we got all but two glimpses of the little royal — the first on his birthday in May when the couple shared a cute video from story time, and the second in the Sussexes Christmas card in December. In the cartoon illustration, a then 19-month-old Archie stole the show as he shared a precious family moment with his proud parents and their two dogs in the garden of their California home.
But now, royal fans have been gifted several more glimpses of the adorable tot.
During Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview with Oprah in March, the pair opened up on a wide-ranging of heartbreaking topics like the troubling concerns over Archie’s skin color, Meghan’s mental health battle and Prince Harry and Prince William’s fraught relationship.
But there was some light amongst the darkness in the form of Harry and Meghan’s son Archie and the fact he’s set to become a big brother to a baby sister in a few months’ time.
Harry and Meghan shared a snippet of never-before-seen footage of their son running on the beach.
In the home video, a delighted Archie dashes between his mother and father as he explores the shoreline with a stick in hand — a touching moment of unbridled joy for the family-of-three. In the footage, Archie looks adorable in a buttoned-up cardigan, long pants, and a pair of sneakers.
“This year has been crazy for everybody. But to have outdoor space where I can go for walks with Archie and we can go for walks as a family and with the dogs or have a hike or go down to the beach, which is so close,” Harry reflected of the grounding impact his son has on him and their low-key lifestyle in Santa Barbara.
“The highlight for me is sticking him on the back of the bicycle in his little baby seat and taking him on these bike rides, which is something I was never able to do when I was young. I can see him on the back and he’s got his arms out and he’s going ‘Woooo!’ Chatting, chatting, chatting, and he’s going, Palm tree! house!” and all this stuff,” he added of the sweet way he bonds with his son.
Oprah also asked the couple what their chatterbox son’s favorite word to say was, to which Meghan replied, “Oh my gosh, he’s on a roll. In the past couple weeks, it’s been ‘hydrate,’ which is just hysterical.”
“But also, any time anyone leaves the house, he’s like ‘Drive safe!'” Harry pointed out.
“‘Drive safe!’ He’s not even two yet,” Meghan laughed.
Harry recently revealed to James Corden his son’s first word was crocodile so we’re not surprised he’s already talking about road safety!
Royal fans were also given another close-up glimpse of Archie in March when Meghan’s long-time close friend Silver Tree, who is a director, shared a gorgeous series of images along with a stirring caption as she defended Meghan in the lead up to the Oprah interview.
In the candid, personal photos from Silver Tree, one included little Archie — fans immediately flocked to the picture in awe of how much he’s grown. He also looks like the perfect mix of Harry and Meghan — with Harry’s dark red hair, and Meghan’s unmistakable eyes.
Then, this month, Prince Harry released his new docuseries The Me You Can’t See alongside Oprah. In one searing episode where Harry details his mental health struggles over the years, a beautiful clip of Archie playing in a backyard tree swing is over-layed.
Immediately, fans were enthralled by his uncanny similarity to his mom, Meghan.
With big doe eyes and round cheeks, Archie’s features are just like his mom’s when she was also a baby. There’s also no mistaking his similarities to Meghan now — we all know those eyes from a mile away!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.