Prince Harry & Meghan Markle release new photo of Archie for his 2nd birthday

royals 07/05/2021

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor has just turned two, and to mark the occasion, his parents Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have shared a new image of their toddler on the website of their nonprofit, Archewell. The sepia-toned photo features Archie photographed from behind as he holds a bouquet of balloons.

Alongside the photo, Meghan penned a letter encouraging the public to make donations to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to help provide COVID-19 vaccine equity for underprivileged nations around the globe.

"We have been deeply touched over the past two years to feel the warmth and support for our family in honor of Archie's birthday," read the Sussexes' open letter. "Many of you donate to charities on his behalf, and mark the occasion by giving back or doing an act of service—all through the goodness of your hearts. You raise funds for those who need it most, and continue to do so organically and selflessly. We remain incredibly grateful."

They continued, "We will not be able to truly recover until everyone, everywhere, has equal access to the vaccine. And with that intention, we are inviting you to contribute whatever you can—if you have the means to do so—to bring vaccines to families in the world's most vulnerable places."

Concluding their letter, the Sussexes wrote, "We cannot think of a more resonant way to honor our son's birthday. If we all show up, with compassion for those we both know and don't know, we can have a profound impact. Even a small contribution can have a ripple effect. Together, we can uplift, protect, and care for one another."