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 spent the last year adjusting to their new life as mom and dad to their son, the royal couple also made big changes to make sure Archie 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 in 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.”
Although fans were heartbroken over Meg and Harry’s decision, the door isn’t closed if they ever decide to come back. A separate source revealed, “despite everything that’s happened with Megxit, the last thing Elizabeth wants is for Harry to feel estranged from his family.”
“She told him that he’s always welcome back if he ever changes his mind about living in North America,” the source dished.
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