Since welcoming their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6, 2019, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have never been happier. As they’ve adjusted to their new lives as mom and dad, the royal couple has also made big changes to make sure their son has the best upbringing.
In January 2020, the Duke of Sussex and the former Suits actress announced their decision to step back from their roles as senior members of Queen Elizabeth‘s royal family. Harry and Meghan shared their plans to split time between the U.K. and North America, as well as “become financially independent” from Her Majesty.
Following the news of Harry and Meg’s royal relinquishment — which was made permanent in February 2021 — fans wondered if the couple would continue to follow the queen’s royal traditions. However, a source close to the famous family exclusively told Closer Weekly that “Archie won’t be taught” royal protocol because “Meghan wasn’t a fan.”
“Harry and Meghan are determined to give Archie a normal life … for him to be treated like any other child,” the insider explained, noting their decision to leave the U.K. has given the duke so much more freedom as a father.
“Harry’s always been heavily involved in Archie’s upbringing. Just as much as Meghan,” the source added. “But now he’s getting to spend more quality time with Archie without any interruptions and his phone ringing nonstop.”
It seems unlikely that Meg and Harry will change their minds and return to their working roles, especially since they put down roots in Santa Barbara. The duo has been residing in the Montecito area after relocating to North America following their decision to step back from the royals.
Since settling down in California, the Deal or No Deal alum and the prince have been focusing on their lives as the parents to Archie. It won’t be long before the adorable tot isn’t an only child, though, as the lovebirds are expecting baby No. 2. The pair — who announced the news on Valentine’s Day — revealed they are having a daughter during the CBS tell-all less than a month later in March.
Considering Archie is “an independent, confident and determined child,” there’s no doubt he’s going to be the best big brother. Now that he’s getting older, Archie has developed “the cutest personality and is a mix of both Meghan and Harry,” a separate source told Closer in May 2021, noting the little one “inherited Meghan’s brains,” as well as “Harry’s sense of humor and cheeky streak.”
It sounds like Archie has a lot to teach his soon-to-be sibling!
While fans wait for baby No. 2 to arrive, scroll through the gallery below to see the cutest photos of Archie.
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