Meghan Markle and Harry show Archie as 'more independent' in 'puzzling' new birthday snap

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Meghan Markle and Harry show Archie as 'more independent' in 'puzzling' new birthday snap
The snap of Archie was posted on the website of Archewell, the charity founded by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The sepia tone photograph shows the back of Archie’s head as he stands in a large garden holding a bunch of balloons.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, body language expert Judi James suggested the picture has a traditional feel.

She said: “The choice of sepia tone for Archie’s second birthday photo is a puzzling one.

“Meghan and Harry have always been keen on monochrome photos and, although these have always had a nod towards the days before colour printing, they are also recognised as the cool, fashionable and modern option.

“Sepia is still very much associated with the Victorian era though, making this look more like a historic photo rather than a current one.” 


The traditional tones seem to give a nod to the Christmas card released by the Sussexes last year, which showed a photograph of the family turned into a painting.

The expert continued: “This look, along with the pose, with its very traditional echoes of a small boy with balloons, seems to be in keeping with Meghan and Harry’s last Xmas card, which they styled to look like an illustration from an Enid Blyton book.

“It suggests both parents are keen on nostalgia and encouraging the kind of idyllic childhood that they might have read about in books when they were children themselves.”

Although the picture echoes the style of some snaps previously shared by the family, it is notably different from the last time the royals gave a glimpse of their son.

“Here though we appear to be shown a small boy becoming more independent, facing away and absorbed in the balloons rather than the camera or his parents. 

“We also see Archie from back view. This is a theme used by Meghan and Harry for their iconic wedding photo when they stood with their backs to the camera, gazing in awe at the fireworks.

“Now we see Archie also turned away, gazing in awe at some huge balloons.”

As well as sharing the picture, Meghan and Prince Harry asked people to share donations. 

A statement on the Archewell foundation website said: “We will not be able to truly recover until everyone, everywhere, has equal access to the vaccine.

“And with that intention, we are inviting you to contribute whatever you can – if you have the means to do so – to bring vaccines to families in the world’s most vulnerable places.

“For a donation of just five dollars, you can cover the cost of a dose for someone in need. And because we were able to secure matching support from a number of organizations, that $ 5 you give will automatically turn into 20 dollars – covering the cost of four doses.”

The royal line of succession – who outranks who?

The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.

It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.

Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.

Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.

The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.

Prince Charles, 72, is currently first-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 38, his oldest son.

Then comes Prince William’s children, George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 36. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.

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