He may be thousands of kilometres away these days but that doesn’t mean little Archie doesn’t know who his granddad is.
The 71-year-old heir to the British throne was reportedly left “delighted” after a Zoom call with the 16-month-old and his parents, Harry and Meghan, at their home in Santa Barbara, California.
Charles called Harry to wish him on his 36th birthday earlier this month but it was little Archie who stole the show when he called the first-in-line-to-the-throne “Pa”.
It’s the latest word in his vocabulary, which already includes “dada”, “mama”, “book” and “dog” – clearly the most important things in his life right now.
It was Harry's first birthday away from England since he
and Meghan stepped down as working royals. And by all accounts it was a low-key
“Meghan baked a cake and Harry blew out candles. Archie made them laugh when he also blew them out. It was very pleasant,” a source close to the couple told The Sun.
Diana, Harry’s beloved mother – who incidentally was also 36 when she died in
that tragic Paris car crash – would’ve been uppermost in his mind, says royal
commentator Richard Fitzwilliams.
"His thoughts will have been with his late mother, there is no doubt about that,” he told Daily Star Online.
To mark Harry’s special day, the couple forewent celebrations, instead donating to CAMFED, a non-profit organisation that works to help alleviate poverty in Africa through girls’ education and empowerment.
After spotting an online campaign raising money for the organisation, the altruistic pair decided to make a personal donation of $130 000 (R2,8 million).
Sources: dailystar.co.uk, elle.com