Since welcoming their first child, baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6, 2019, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have never been happier. As they’ve adjusted to their new life 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.
“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born,” the red-haired royal and his gorgeous wife explained at the time, “while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter.”
Following the news of Harry and Meg’s royal relinquishment, 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 non-stop.”
Royal fans are hoping Meg and Harry might change their minds one day, but for now, the two are happier than ever living in Montecito, California. The couple put down roots in Santa Barbara after relocating to North America following their decision to step back from the royals.
Since settling down in Montecito, the Deal or No Deal alum and the prince have been “teaching Archie to swim” in their new pool, a source told Closer Weekly in September 2020. Meg and Harry will also be “potty-training him,” the insider added.
“The house has a Mediterranean vibe to it — French doors and archways and a pool,” a previous insider told Closer. “It’s beautiful and spacious, but not too over-the-top. It’s the perfect place for Archie to grow up.”
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