The explosive new biography Finding Freedom has shed some light on the life of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 14-month-old son Archie Harrison.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex say they were neither interviewed for the book nor contributed to the story by authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, which provides a dramatic and personal account of the events leading up to the Sussex’s dramatic departure from the royal life.
In part, the authors describe how Archie became the royals’ ‘sole source of joy’ at a time when they felt ‘so much stress in their lives’.
The book offers new insights into why the couple decided on its unusual name, meaning ‘courage and strength,’ after rejecting the more traditional Archibald ‘after thinking about it for a moment.
Meanwhile, the authors also give a glimpse into the couple’s life with Archie, whom they welcomed last June, including the name of one of his illusory ‘secret’ godparents and the swimming lessons he took over his short life.
Finding Freedom offers a glimpse into the private life of Prince Harry35, and Meghan Markle’s one-year-old son, 39, Archie Harrison.
ECSTASY AT BIRTH
According to Omid and Carolyn, Meghan felt ‘relieved’ to have her ‘beautiful sweet little boy’ in her arms for the first time.
A source told the authors: ‘Archie was alert as soon as he arrived – eyes wide open.
Meghan described the moment she first held him as “ecstasy … total bliss and contentment.”
Meanwhile, another confidant of the Royal Family said, “Like any mother, you don’t know what to expect until you’ve been through it all.”
A BRAVE NAME
Meanwhile, Omid and Carolyn write that Prince Harry and Meghan wanted a name that was “something traditional, a name that was powerful, even without a title for it.”
They write, “Archie, meaning strength and courage, fits the bill.”
Meanwhile, a friend of the couple revealed ‘with a smile’: ‘They thought about Archibald for a second. He would always be little Archie. ‘
Meanwhile, the book also reveals the reason behind the couple’s decision not to give their son a royal title.
The authors write: “They decided to forgo a title for their son because they wanted him to become a private citizen until he was at an age when he could decide which path to take.
The authors revealed how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge settled on the name Archie because it meant ‘courage and strength’
Meanwhile, a source also told the authors that the couple were both concerned about the day Prince Charles would become king and Prince Harry’s children could inherit the titles of Prince or Princess.
The couple then shared their views and ‘concerns’ with Prince Charles, who said he would’ consider issuing a new patent on letters when he became king, a legal instrument in the form of a written order from a reigning monarch , that would change this style. ‘
A source added, “Not having a higher role in the royal family, but a title, is just a burden.”
Meanwhile, the couple also sought approval from the Queen before disclosing Archie’s name with the authors writing that this was “ out of respect ” for the monarch.
SHARING NEWS OF HIS BIRTH
After Meghan gave birth, Prince Harry began texting and calling friends (including Skippy, who he was talking to more reg at this point) and family with the news.
He started with the Queen and Prince Philip, who were the first to hear of Archie’s arrival.
According to the biography, the royal family then sent texts to his father and brother along with photos of his new son, before notifying other family members through the dedicated cousins Whatsapp group of which all royals are a part.
He also made sure to tell Diana’s family – Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes and Earl Charles Spencer, as well as Tiggy, whom he wanted to choose as godmother long before he became a father.
Meanwhile, the authors revealed that Meghan’s mother Doria Thomas messaged the news that Meghan had asked her to do it because she didn’t want him to find out after the rest of the world.
The authors write that Meghan did not want to know if her father responded to her mother’s text.
A SILENT BOY
After welcoming their son into the world in June 2019, the couple got to know their son.
The authors explain, “The couple couldn’t quite get over how quiet their new baby was.
Meghan told a friend that Archie slept so quietly that she sometimes wanted him to make a noise so he knew everything was okay.
“Archie had a daycare center but also slept in a crib in Prince Harry and Meghan’s bedroom.”
The authors write how Meghan “brags” to friends about her son, often telling friends that the small royal family is “90th percentile for height.”
She detail: “She eagerly offered to take out her phone to show some of the many photos she had of her son.”
SECRET GODMOTHER REVEALED
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the explosive biography, the authors reveal that one of the secret godparents to the younger is Izzy May, who lives in West London (pictured at the Duke and Duchess’s wedding)
The Duke and Duchess never revealed the godparents of their son Archie, but rumors have long been circulating as to who might be the chosen ones.
The book confirms that Izzy May is “Meghan’s closest confidant as well as one of Archie’s godmothers and that she regularly visits Frogmore Cottage.”
Izzy, who lives in West London, was introduced to Meghan by mutual friend Markus Anderson, a director of A-member club Soho House – who arranged Meghan and Prince Harry’s first dates together.
Burberry’s former communications director even attended the royal couple’s wedding in May.
She sat in the second row on the bride’s side – in front of Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey and the Clooneys – which may have meant her closeness to Meghan.
The new details about Archie’s life were revealed in the explosive biography Finding Freedom, which is on sale today
Meanwhile, the authors write, ‘She became one of the few people in the UK who felt Meghan could trust’ anything ‘.
From the Queen herself to the royal family’s biters, including Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton, no one is apparently safe from a funny name.
Indeed, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s many nicknames is Gary, which Prince William gave her in his youth when he couldn’t pronounce ‘grandma’ correctly, instead ‘Gary’.
Meanwhile, Omid and Carolyn write that little Archie is no different, with his parents often referring to the little boy ‘Bubba’ or ‘Arch’.
SWIMMING LESSONS AND BABY LESSONS
The authors write, “Earlier in the summer, Baby Archie started swimming lessons (after his parents anxiously looked up videos on YouTube about babies holding their breath underwater).”
Meanwhile, they also describe how the little boy “liked being read by his parents” and “especially enjoyed the riddle and rhyme book Is Your Mamma A Llama? by Deborah Guarino. ‘
Later, the authors write, “Like many new parents, Meghan enjoyed taking him to classes such as the Happy Clappy music class in Windsor where she took Archie alone in Cotober (protectors were outside).
All the mothers and two fathers in the room stared as the Duchess of Sussex joined their circle with Archie going straight for the tambourine and, according to his mother, ‘loved it’.
ANIMAL SOUNDS IN AFRICA
Baby Archie joined the royal couple on their latest tour as working members of The Firm, with the authors writing about how he continued to grow and learn on the trip.
They write: ‘After the trip, he continued to achieve new milestones, including mimicking the sounds of animals during their stay at the residence of the high commissioner in Cape Town.
BABY PROVEN THEIR HOME IN CANADA
In the fall of 2019, the couple decided to take some time away from their royal duty in the UK and traveled to North America.
Prince Harry and Meghan decided to stay on board for Thanksgiving and Christmas, opting for a mansion on Vancouver Island to spend some well-deserved time with their son.
The authors explain how the couple spent time “ baby-proofing ” their Canadian home, despite knowing it was a temporary set-up.
They write: ‘Prince Harry and Meghan had done everything they could to make sure it was baby friendly. Sharp corners were covered with discreet rubber pads and certain pieces of furniture were moved out of the danger zone.
“Now that the six-month-old boy was shuffling around the edges of furniture more than crawling, they didn’t want to take any chances.”
Meanwhile, they also describe how the couple ‘took daily walks with Archie through the wooded countryside and sandy beach’.