A year in the life of Archie! A look back at an eventful first 12 months for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son

  • We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article.
  • Being the first child of Harry and Meghan, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was never destined to have a normal life.

    Since he was welcomed into the world on 6 May last year, he’s already had quite an eventful time.

    While most babies don’t see much outside of their home town in their first 12 months, Archie has moved homes (and countries) twice already, been on holiday to Africa, and has had three more nannies than the average royal baby.

    Here, as his parents prepare to celebrate Archie’s first birthday, we take a look at his jam-packed first year.

    View this post on Instagram

    "Duck! Rabbit!" with Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex (and Harry, The Duke of Sussex behind the camera), read to their son Archie for his 1st birthday. Happy Birthday, Archie! . Thank you #DuchessMeghan for helping us to raise urgent funds for our coronavirus appeal by reading "Duck! Rabbit" by @akrfoundation, illustrated by @tlichtenheld (published by @chroniclekidsbooks). . As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, children’s lives are being turned upside down. By donating to Save with Stories, you can support the most vulnerable families in the UK and around the world by helping to provide early learning packs, supermarket vouchers, essential household items and virus protection. . Please donate today by visiting our website. Link in bio. . Or you can text STORIES to 70008 to give a one-off donation of £5. . Together, we can help families get through this. . You can only donate via text from a UK mobile. You’ll be billed £5 plus standard rate text message. We receive 100% of your donation. By texting STORIES you agree to calls about fundraising appeals, campaigns, events and other ways to support. Include NO PHONE to opt out of calls. Queries? 02070126400. Read our Privacy Policy savethechildren.org.uk/privacy The Save the Children Fund is a charity registered in England and Wales (213890) and Scotland (SC039570) . #SaveWithStoriesUK #SaveWithStories #GrowingThroughThis

    A post shared by Save The Children UK (@savechildrenuk) on

    READ MORE: The adorable detail you might have missed in baby Archie’s first birthday video

    Three nannies

    Archie’s royal nanny has never been revealed, but has been reported to be Meghan’s best friend Jessica Mulroney (below). She’s said to be the third nanny hired by Meghan and Harry since Archie’s birth last year. The first was reportedly let go after a few weeks as she was ‘unprofessional’, while the second only worked nights.

    Official photos

    Harry and Meghan have made it clear that they wish to raise their son as a ‘private citizen’, and he’s not been seen in public much. But they have released adorable photos of Archie to mark special occasions, including his birth, Father’s Day, his christening and Christmas. It’s likely we’ll get another glimpse of him on his birthday.

    Charitable beginnings

    Archie already has a charity in his name. Harry and Meghan recently announced that their new charitable venture – replacing the Sussex Royal brand – is called the Archewell Foundation. They also revealed the Greek word in the project – Arche – was the inspiration behind the name of their son and means ‘source of action’.

    Green fingered

    The Sussex Great Forest campaign was started back in November, originally setting out with a goal of 10,000 trees to be planted by the royal tot’s first birthday. That figure was reached just a month later and a new target was set of 100,000. On 1 April, it was announced that 101,079 trees have been planted in Harry, Meghan and Archie’s names! That’s an amazing achievement.

    Godparents fit for a royal

    Meghan and Harry kept most details private about Archie’s christening at Windsor Castle, but we do know who two of his godparents are. One is Tiggy Pettifer (née Legge-Bourke), William and Harry’s former nanny; the other is Mark Dyer, the Prince of Wales’ former equerry and close friend.

    Two Mother’s Days

    With Meghan being American, she usually celebrates Mother’s Day in May. Last year, she shared a very cute picture of Archie’s feet just six days after his birth, ‘Paying tribute to all mothers – past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered.’ But, with Archie being born in the UK and his dad British, he also got to celebrate his mummy on 22 March this year.

    Jet-setter

    Many children don’t get to leave the country in their first year, but Archie is already rather well travelled. As well as flying between the UK, Canada and the States, Archie went with his mum and dad to Africa for 10 days in October last year. Harry visited four different countries on the continent, while Archie stayed with his mum in South Africa.

    Three nannies

    Archie’s royal nanny has never been revealed, but has been reported to be Meghan’s best friend Jessica Mulroney (below). She’s said to be the third nanny hired by Meghan and Harry since Archie’s birth last year. The first was reportedly let go after a few weeks as she was ‘unprofessional’, while the second only worked nights.