Archie will 'have video dates with Queen and cousins' on his birthday

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will video call the Queen for son Archie’s second birthday and put differences aside to speak with the Cambridges, royal expert claims

  • Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, are celebrating Archie’s 2nd birthday
  • Couple are planning to mark the day at their $14 million California mansion 
  • Royal expert revealed the trio would have a ‘video call’ with the Queen, 95
  • Katie Nicholl said Prince William, 39, would also put differences aside for the day
  • Said there will be a call with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis 
  • The royal expert added: ‘Prince Harry will make a really big fuss of Archie’

Birthday boy Archie will ‘have a video date with the Queen and his cousins’ to celebrate his big day, a royal expert has claimed.

Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, who are currently living in their $14.7 million Californian mansion having stepped back from royal duty last year, are marking their son’s second birthday today.  

Royal expert Katie Nicholl said Prince Harry and Prince William, 38, would put their differences to one side and come together for a Zoom call with Kate Middleton, 39, and Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, for the occasion. 

Speaking to Okay! magazine, she said Harry, Meghan and Archie would also likely join the Queen for a call, adding: ‘Lockdown is lifting and the sun in California is shining – I’m sure they’ll have a lovely celebration at home…Harry will make a really big fuss of Archie.’

Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle’s, 39, son Archie will ‘have a video call date with the Queen and his cousins’ today for his birthday, a royal expert has revealed

Katie said Prince Harry faces a difficult challenge in trying to help his children bond with their cousins.

She revealed: ‘He always wanted his children to grow up close to William and Kate’s…Sadly it’s looking increasingly unlikely for Archie.’ 

Meanwhile despite difficulties in their relationship over the last 18 months, she said it was ‘hard to imagine’ the Cambridge’s wouldn’t be in touch with the Sussexes on Archie’s birthday. 

Earlier today the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William and Kate Middleton all publicly sent well-wishes to Archie on his second birthday.

Katie Nicholl said Prince Harry and Prince William, 38, would put their differences to one side and come together for a call with Kate Middleton, 39, and Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, for the occasion

The official Royal Family Instagram account led the birthday greetings this morning with a photo of Harry and Meghan introducing their son to the world at Windsor Castle in May 2019.

Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge followed suit with photographs taken at Archie’s Christening in July 2019.

The day will be a particularly poignant as the Royal Family have not seen Archie in 18 months. 

The toddler, who is seventh-in-line to the throne, was last in the UK in the autumn of 2019, before the Sussexes left to spend Christmas in Canada.

Meanwhile Katie also revealed Prince Harry, Meghan and Archie would also likely join the Queen for a video call

On Archie’s first birthday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a video of him reading a book with his mother in support of Save The Children but it remains to be seen if fans will be given a fresh glimpse of the toddler today.

Katie’s comments come after a royal expert said Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will likely develop a close bond with their cousin Archie later on in their lives. 

Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine and author of Prince Philip Revealed: A Man of His Century, suggested the Cambridges are likely to build a relationship with Archie despite the apparent rift between their parents.

She told the Express that the cousins will value each other because it is ‘difficult for royal family members to form friendships outside’ the Firm.

 Katie’s comments come after a royal expert said Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will likely develop a close bond with their cousin Archie later on in their lives

Ms Seward said: ‘I am sure Diana would have wanted her sons’ offspring to be friends as she would have known how difficult it is to form friendships outside the family as people cannot be trusted not to let some indiscretion slip out.

‘But they may be friends with Archie when they are older. How cool to have a Californian cousin who is going to be such a dude as Archie. So exciting for them to go and stay with him too and vice versa.

‘So they may not have the childhood bond, which they really don’t need as they have lots of little friends, but they will really appreciate Archie later on in their lives.’  

The Duke of Sussex returned to the UK to attend Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17, after stepping down as a senior royal in January 2020 and subsequently having his titles stripped by the Queen.

Despite their differences, a spokesperson for the Sussex couple confirmed they privately wished Kate and William a happy 10th wedding anniversary last week

He flew back to California days later, missing the Queen’s 95th birthday on April 21.

Charles, William and Harry were said to have talked after the interview but they were believed to have been ‘unproductive’.

However, a spokesperson for the Sussex couple confirmed they privately wished Kate and William a happy 10th wedding anniversary last week.

William and Harry are expected to meet again in the summer when they unveil a new statue to Princess Diana at Kensington Palace.

Insiders hope the July 1 event – done to commemorate what would have been their mother’s 60th birthday – will help mend their relationship. 

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