Baby Archie Brings Harry To New Life Plans
It’s been three days since the prince and his wife, Meghan have celebrated the birth of their son. The public had been waiting for this moment ever since the birth was officially announced - baby Archie finally made his appearance as the newest royal on Wednesday. Photos that were taken in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle were released, showing an adorable little Archie wrapped in a white blanket, wearing a white knitted hat. The best part? The royal baby somehow managed to sleep through his entire first public appearance.
Prince Harry held Archie, while Meghan told her reporters that their newborn has the “sweetest temperament”, with the ecstatic duke adding that he is “our own little bundle of joy.” Markle was asked about how it felt to become a parent, to which the 37-year-old duchess responded: "It's magic, it's pretty amazing, and I have the two best guys in the world so I'm really happy."
The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland were next in line to meeting the newest addition to the royal family. Ragland flew all the way from her home in Los Angeles to spend more time with Meghan, as she prepared to give birth.
The Sussex’s broke from royal tradition, by announcing their baby’s name. Not only were the chosen names, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, unique and a first for the royal family, but they also decided to opt out of giving him a royal title.
HARRY ATTENDS THE INVICTUS 2020 PRESENTATION AND OPENS UP ABOUT FATHERHOOD
The following morning, the Duke of Sussex flew over to the Hague in order to spend some time at the Hague to attend a presentation for the 2020 Invictus Games, which are going to take place in the city, before making his way back to the U.K. Prince Harry is a royal patron of the annual international Paralympic-style event for wounded and ill veterans and military servicemen and women.
We can always count on the prince and his sense of humor. The duke showed up to the event wearing a jacket embroidered with the words "Invictus Family Daddy" and "I Am Daddy" highlighted in yellow.
In honor of Baby Sussex’s birth, Prince Harry was showered with numerous gifts for Archie at the presentation. The duke was given an Invictus Games babygro that was made for his newborn son, Archie. This marks the one-year countdown to the Invictus Games 2020.
Princess Margriet of the Netherlands gifted Harry with the Invictus Games garment while visiting The Hague for an official day visit. We saw a gleeful, cheery Harry shouting “put it on!” as he held the garment up for the audience of competitors and officials, who all burst out laughing.
Harry shared with his competitors:
"I'm absolutely thrilled that many more injured, wounded and sick servicemen and women will have the opportunity to continue the journey to their recovery.
"It's your resilience, your determination and your courage which draws crowds in their thousands leaving them more inspired, moved and proud than they ever thought possible. Make these games your own.”
Prince Harry had attended a wheelchair basketball training session, where he was given another baby gift by seven-year-old Daimy Gommers. Gommers met Harry previously, about two years ago at the games in Toronto. She attended Thursday’s event with her father, Paul, 46, who competes in archery. As he unwrapped the gift, the box revealed an adorable blue and white baby’s cube that was decorated with bunnies.
Prince Harry was questioned about bringing Archie, who is seventh in line to the throne, after finishing his bike ride. However, it seems like the prince hasn’t given it much thought yet. He replied, saying “I’ve no idea.”
THE DUKE ALSO OPENED UP ABOUT MISSING HIS LATE MOTHER DURING TIMES LIKE THESE
Although it's a time of pure happiness and bliss as the couple welcomes their baby into the world, the event reminded him of his late mother, Princess Diana. The prince opened up about missing his mother during his trip to the Netherlands on Thursday.
Dennis van der Stoon, former soldier and would-be competitor, had talked about meeting with Harry. The two talked about family and losing a mother. Talking about Harry, van der Stroon shared:
"He said missing a mother is like missing some kind of security, how you need that as a son and it falls away when you lose your mother.”
The former solder continued to add how and the duke "talked about how having a small child was his new focus and new goal" and that Harry also "said he was just amazed by the miracles in the world, and how his child has made a lot of people happy."
"He also told me he's really happy that his son is so far very quiet" he added.
Fatherhood was another topic brought into question at the meet. JJ Chalmers, a former Royal Marine, Invictus Games medalist, as well as Harry’s close friend, said that the prince described fatherhood as “amazing” but “hard word”, and added, "He said that [Archie] slept for the first 24 hours like all babies do...and then he woke up." Chalmers also added:
"I see the guy with a buzzing smile on his face still. Like any father he lights up even more when he speaks about his son and how proud he is of his wife and what she's doing right now in his absence."
Its definitely been an emotional couple of days for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and we feel nothing but true happiness for the new parents! Our hearts also go out to Prince Harry, as he misses his late mother's, Princess Diana's, presence in the most important moments of his life. But with the overwhelming amount of love and support the couple has been receiving, we're positive the couple will get parenthood just right. Make sure to check out our related articles for the latest updates!