The explosive new biography Finding Freedom has shed some light on the life of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s fourteen-month-old son Archie Harrison.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex say they were not interviewed for the book and did not contribute to the tale by authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand which provides a dramatic and personalised account of the events leading up to the Sussexes’ dramatic departure from royal life.
In one part, the authors describe how Archie became the royal couple’s ‘sole source of joy’ during a period when they felt ‘so much stress in their life.’
The book offers new insights into why the couple decided upon his unusual name, which means ‘bravery and strength’, after dismissing the more traditional Archibald ‘after considering it for a second’.
Meanwhile the authors also reveal a glimpse into the couple’s life with Archie, whom they welcomed last June, including the name of one of his illusive ‘secret’ godparents and the swimming lessons he has taken throughout his short life.
Finding Freedom has offered a glimpse into the private life of Prince Harry35, and Meghan Markle’s, 39, one-year-old son 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 confidante of the royal said: ‘Like any mother, you can’t fully know what to expect until you have been through all of it.’
A BRAVE NAME
Meanwhile Omid and Carolyn write that Prince Harry and Meghan wanted a name which was ‘something traditional, a name that was powerful even without a title in front of it.’
They write: ‘Archie, meaning strength and bravery, fit the bill.’
Meanwhile a friend of the couple revealed ‘with a laugh’: ‘They thought about Archibald for all of one second. He was always going to be little Archie.’
Meanwhile the book also reveals the reasoning 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 be a private citizen until he was at an age where he could decide which path he would like to take.
The authors revealed how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge settled on the name Archie because it signified ‘bravery and strength’
‘Meanwhile a source also told the authors how the pair both worried about the day Prince Charles would become king and Prince Harry’s children could inherit titles of prince or princess.’
The couple went on to share their views and ‘concerns’ with Prince Charles, who said he would ‘consider when he became king issuing a new letters patent, a legal instrument in the form of a written order issued by a reigning monarch, that would change this style.’
A source added: ‘To not have a senior role in the royal family but have a title is just a burden.’
Meanwhile the couple also sought approval from the Queen before announcing 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 took to texting and calling friends (including Skippy, who he was speaking with more reg at this point) and family with the news.
He started with the Queen and Prince Philip, who were first to hear about Archie’s arrival.
According to the biography, the royal then sent his father and brother texts along with photographs of his new son, before notifying other family members through the special cousins-only Whatsapp group that all royals are a part of.
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 pick as a godmother long before he came a father.
Meanwhile the authors revealed that Meghan’s mother Doria messaged Thomas with the news, which Meghan had asked her to do because she didn’t want him to find out after the rest of the world.
The authors write that Meghan didn’t want to know whether her father replied to her mother’s text.
A QUIET BOY
After welcoming their son to the world in June 2019, the couple began getting to know their son.
The authors explain: ‘The couple couldn’t quite get over how silent their new baby was.
‘Meghan told a friend that Archie slept so quietly she sometimes wanted him to make noise so he knew she was okay.
‘Archie had a nursery but also slept in a bassinet in Prince Harry and Meghan’s bedroom.’
The authors write how Meghan ‘boasts’ to friends about her son, often telling friends about how the little royal is ‘ninetieth percentile for height.’
They detail: ‘She eagerly offered to pull out her phone to show some of the many photos she had of her boy.’
SECRET GODMOTHER REVEALED
Meanwhile elsewhere in the explosive biography, the authors reveal one of the secret godparents for the youngster is Izzy May, who lives in West London (pictured at the Duke and Duchess’ wedding)
The Duke and Duchess have never revealed their son Archie’s godparents, but rumours have long swirled about who the chosen few could be.
The book confirms that Izzy May is ‘Meghan’s close confidant and also one of Archie’s godmothers and she made regular visits to Frogmore Cottage.’
Izzy, who lives in West London, was introduced to Meghan by mutual friend Markus Anderson, a director at the A-list members’ club Soho House – who arranged Meghan and Prince Harry’s first dates together.
The former Burberry director of communications even attended the Royal couple’s wedding last May.
She was seated in the second row on the bride’s side – in front of Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey and the Clooneys – perhaps signifying her closeness to Meghan.
The new details about Archie’s life were revealed in explosive biography Finding Freedom, which went on sale today
Meanwhile the authors write: ‘ She became one of the few people in the UK that Meghan felt she could trust with ‘anything.’
From the Queen herself to the royal family’s bit-part players including Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton, no-one is apparently safe from a fun-poking moniker.
One of Queen Elizabeth II’s numerous nicknames is indeed Gary, given to her by Prince William in his childhood when he couldn’t correctly pronounce ‘granny,’ instead saying ‘Gary.’
Meanwhile Omid and Carolyn write that little Archie is no different, with his parents oft referring to the little boy ‘Bubba’ or ‘Arch’.
SWIMMING LESSONS AND BABY CLASSES
The authors write: ‘Earlier in the summer, Baby Archie started taking swimming lessons (after his parents anxiously looked up videos on YouTube about how babies hold their breath under water).’
Meanwhile they also detail how the little boy ‘loved being read to by his parents ‘ and ‘particularly 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, like the Happy Clappy music class in Windsor she brought Archie to by herself in Cotober (protection officers stood outside).
‘All the moms and two dads in the room were wide-eyed as the Duchess of Sussex joined their circle with Archie who went straight for the tambourine and according to his mom ‘loved it.’
ANIMAL NOISES IN AFRICA
Baby Archie joined the royal couple on their final tour as working members of The Firm, with the authors writing how he continued to grow and learn during the trip.
They write: ‘After the trip he continued to achieve new milestones, including mimicking the sound of animals during their stay at the high commissioner’s residence in Cape Town.
BABY PROOFING THEIR CANADA HOME
In autumn 2019, the couple decided to take some time away from their royal duty in the UK and travelled to North America.
Prince Harry and Meghan decided to stay aboard for Thanksgiving and Christmas, opting for a mansion on Vancouver Island to spend some well-earned time with their son.
The authors explain how the couple spent time ‘babyproofing’ 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 proofed with discreet rubber pads and certain items of furniture moved out of harms way.
‘With the six-month-old now standing and shuffling along the edges of furniture more than crawling, they didn’t want to take any risks.’
Meanwhile they also detail how the couple took ‘daily walks with Archie around the wooded landscape and sandy beachfront.’