Sweet way Archie is set to celebrate his second birthday with the Queen

Archie and Meghan Markle
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Archie Harrison's second birthday is today - and he is set to enjoy a Zoom date with Her Majesty the Queen and his Cambridge cousins, according to a royal author.

It's hard to believe that it's been two years since Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle first welcomed their first-born baby into the world in 2019 at 5.26am, weighing 7lb 3oz, as the youngster has spent more of his life living outside the UK and royal family than in it.

But despite living thousands of miles away in his Los Angeles home, with his parents who are expecting their second child, the tot is expected to be reunited with his great-grandmother the Queen and his cousins Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, over a special video call today.

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Speaking to OK!, Royal author Katie Nicholl said, “Harry always wanted his children to grow up close to William and Kate’s. That would be the childhood he enjoyed with his own cousins, Zara, Beatrice and Eugenie. Sadly it’s looking increasingly unlikely for Archie."

Archie was missing from an adorable snap of Her Majesty and the late Prince Philip with all their great-grandchildren which was published on their Instagram in tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, because he had not yet been born.

But the last official royal picture of Archie and the Queen is believed to have been taken at his Christening in July 2019.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Queen Elizabeth II watch a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England.

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Katie continued, “Very little is known about how much the brothers have spoken in recent months and what the situation is between them, but I find it hard to imagine that the Cambridge’s won’t at least pick up the phone on Archie’s birthday."

Prince Harry and Meghan's relationship with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been strained in recent months, but it is hoped that as Harry and William have spoken for the first time since the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, that they can start to rebuild that relationship.

It is also claimed that a birthday call with Her Majesty the Queen will be on the agenda. Katie added, “We know that Harry still speaks regularly with his grandmother and one of the Queen’s joys is to see Archie. I’m sure there will be a Zoom call with her on his special day."

And the Queen has already wished the youngster a very happy birthday with a sweet post on the Royal Family Instagram. It was captioned, 'Wishing Archie Mountbatten-Windsor a very happy 2nd birthday today,' and had a single red balloon emoji.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England

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And with Archie's favourite words, being 'crocodile', 'drive safe' and 'hydrate' as Harry and Meghan reveal the adorable way he says goodbye to visitors - we can bet there will be lots of new words he will now have to share and give the Queen something to smile about.

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!)