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Meghan Markle and Harry Share Successful 1st Birthday Party With Archie

Happy birthday, Archie!

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have had a whirlwind of a year. After Meghan gave birth to their first son, Archie Harrison, the couple extricated themselves from the royal family and began to chart out a new life for themselves in the United States. After settling in Los Angeles, the couple has been keeping an extremely low profile — only showing up in the news when snapped by paparazzi for taking walks or by helping out charities like Project Angel Food in Los Angeles. 

But they’re back in the spotlight (sort of) this week to celebrate Archie’s first birthday — a huge milestone for the couple. Because of COVID-19, their original plans to head back to the United Kingdom to spend the birthday with Queen Elizabeth and co. have been nixed for obvious reasons, but Archie still, it appears, had a special day with just his two parents. 

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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

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Instead, Markle and Harry celebrated the now-toddlers birthday by posting a video on the Save With Stories Instagram page, keeping their charitable efforts on-brand even for their son’s big day. In the video, Markle reads a book with Archie called “Duck! Rabbit!” while Archie flips the pages, laughs, and is generally adorable. The heartwarming video helps efforts to fight hunger in the 30 million children who rely on school for food. The video also features Meghan and Harry (Harry is the videographer in this one) making animal noises and cheering as Archie successfully flips the pages. It’s a super cute video, and it’s almost more for us than for Archie.