Prince Archie's awesome gift for his 4th birthday that brings ‘much joy’ Prince Harry and Meghan reveal

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have personally thanked local bike shop for surprising gift.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and drop in of Prince Archie
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Prince Archie has received an awesome gift for his 4th birthday that brings 'much joy' Prince Harry and Meghan have revealed. 

Prince Archie received an awesome new bike for his 4th birthday as Prince Harry and Meghan reveal it brings him 'much joy' as they personally thank kind hearted business owner.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrote a letter to the owner of Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop in their hometown of Montecito, to show their gratitude for gifting their son Archie a new bike for his 4th birthday.

Shop owner Jennifer Blevins and her partner Martin decided to surprise the royal youngster by hand delivering him a specialised kids bike with training wheels on the day of his birthday, which fell on the same day as the King's Coronation.

The youngster, who is reported to have had "intimate" star-studded birthday plans,   was delivered the red bike to his home, at the time, the shop shared a snap of the delivery on their instagram without naming that it was for Archie. 

They captioned the snap, "We hope yesterday’s special birthday boy had a wonderful day surrounded by lots of love, friends and family. Martin gifted him a new kids bike out of our Montecito shop! We really hope he enjoys it. His little sis can ride as well when she gets a bit bigger."

While some kids learn to rise on balance bikes, the bike pictured is a specialised Riprock Coaster 16 which is currently on offer for $249.99.

Specialized Riprock Coaster kids bike - was $300 NOW $249.99 / £199.35 |

Specialized Riprock Coaster kids bike - was $300 NOW $249.99 / £199.35 |

This bike is riding in its simplest element - fun. The bike is designed with cool features including a coaster break for simple stopping, wide 16x2.3" tires that increase stability and confidence and tough components that will stand up to years riding. 

And upon receiving a letter of royal thanks a month later, Jennifer explained to PEOPLE how the delivery came about, "He (Martin) went and he got one of our little specialized kids' bikes — they're really nice little bikes — and he's like, ‘This one's perfect, it's got training wheels.'

"And so he went and got some birthday balloons, and he got some flowers for Meghan and a birthday card, and he said, ‘Okay, I'm gonna bike over and take it to their house.’”

Security stopped Martin in his tracks and asked him if he had an invitation from the royals. To which he replied, "‘I'm just a British business in town that wanted to give Archie a gift.” But a background check later and security allowed him to leave the gifts. 

And he had his own unexpected delivery a month later - a thank you note from Prince Harry and Meghan.

“A courier came by our little shop on Coast Village Road and he dropped off that letter,” said Jennifer. 

Martin recalled, "I was making a joke, I said, ‘It better be a thank you letter,’ and it really was!” I wasn't expecting that. I had no idea.”

The letter from Harrison Colcord, the office of Prince Harry and Meghan, read, "On behalf of Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, please accept their sincere thanks for the thoughtful gift you sent to Prince Archie for his fourth birthday. The bike has brought much joy, and is most appreciated by the family. They asked that I convey their gratitude at the lovely surprise."

“It was so thoughtful because, you know, they took the time to write something personal and not just a generic thank you,” Jennifer added.

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Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)