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 Montecito, California. The duo has been residing 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 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.
“It’s a girl!” Harry marveled during their CBS interview on March 7, noting he feels “just grateful” to be giving Archie a little sister. “Like to have any child, any one or any two would have been amazing. But to have a boy and then a girl, what more could you ask for? We got our family — the four of us and our two dogs, it’s great.”
Archie is going to be the best big brother!
Scroll through the gallery below to see photos of the royal couple’s only child.
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