This weekend, all eyes were fixed on London for King Charles’ Coronation. However, another royal celebration was unfolding over the Atlantic in California as Prince Archie marked his fourth birthday. A heartwarming image surfaced during the festivities, capturing Prince Archie reaching out to a photograph of Princess Diana.
Nonetheless, the heartfelt post, shared by a close friend of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, triggered mixed reactions… The weekend witnessed a jubilant atmosphere in London. On May 6, dignitaries and world leaders from all corners congregated in the city as King Charles III ascended the throne, ushering in a new era.
But May 6 held a unique significance for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle beyond King Charles’ coronation. It marked the fourth birthday of their cherished son, Archie – a special occasion deserving its own recognition. According to reports, the couple made it clear that if they were to attend the coronation, Archie’s birthday had to be acknowledged.
As per author Christopher Andersen, Harry's biography revelations would make his presence at the coronation "awkward," rendering Meghan's choice to stay in the US with their children reasonable, enabling them to evade intense scrutiny. Royal expert Omid Scobie emphasized Archie’s birthday as a pivotal factor in Meghan's decision to remain in the United States. "I understand Archie’s fourth birthday (also on May 6) influenced the couple’s decision," Scobie conveyed on Twitter. He further added, "Prince Harry’s trip to the UK will be brief, as he will only be attending the coronation at Westminster Abbey."
The question lingered over the weekend: How would Archie’s birthday be celebrated? On this significant day, it seems the King didn’t forget his grandchild. According to accounts, Charles raised his glass in a heartfelt tribute to Archie’s fourth birthday.
This touching moment unfolded during a private family dinner on Saturday, following King Charles’ coronation at Westminster Abbey and the family’s appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony in London. As per the Daily Mail, King Charles raised his glass in honor of “those who couldn’t be with us,” extending warm wishes to Prince Archie on his birthday. It was a poignant gesture to a grandson he hasn’t seen in years.
An insider from the tabloid described it as a genuinely heartwarming moment. Regrettably, Harry was absent to witness this touching toast. Though invited to the private family gathering, he declined, promptly returning to California to celebrate Archie’s special day. As accounts reveal, Harry wasted no time, boarding a flight to the United States mere hours after his father's coronation.
In this momentous instance, it's apparent that Harry prioritized being with his son, underscoring the profound bond between father and child even amid significant royal ceremonies. The Duke of Sussex reportedly caught a 3:45 PM flight, touching down in Los Angeles around 6:55 PM local time.
The drive from the airport to Harry and Meghan’s sprawling residence in Montecito, California typically takes about 90 minutes. A source revealed that Harry was determined to return in time to personally tuck Archie into bed.
Archie’s birthday gathering was described as a “low-key” affair. Meghan herself reportedly crafted a fresh lemon cake from fruits harvested in their garden. Though the exact guest list remains undisclosed, it's believed to have comprised immediate family members, creating an intimate gathering for the celebration
The image was sourced from the Netflix series The Sussexes. While the image and statement didn't spark extreme controversy, some on social media interpreted it as photographer Misan Harriman subtly overshadowing or critiquing King Charles’ coronation. However, the majority of comments were positive, with many expressing that it was a heartwarming image.
"Happy Birthday, Archie," one commenter wrote. "You are loved by your family and by us. Looking forward to seeing some pictures soon. Blessings. Saluting you. Today is special because of you."
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