Tuesday 16 July 2019

Prince Harry celebrates first Father's Day with newborn son Archie

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during the launch of the Invictus Games on May 9, 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during the launch of the Invictus Games on May 9, 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends the launch of Made by Sport at Black Prince Trust on June 12, 2019 in London, England. Made by Sport is a new campaign bringing together a coalition of charities supporting disadvantaged young people through sport. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex travel in the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession after their wedding on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Tim Whitby/PA)
New arrival: Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are joined by her mother, Doria Ragland, as they show their new son to the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on Wednesday
So happy: Prince Harry and wife Meghan at a photocall with new baby Archie. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Laura Elston

Prince Harry is celebrating his first Father's Day with his six-week-old son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

Harry and American former actress the Duchess of Sussex have been enjoying life as a family of three after welcoming their first born at the start of May.

Smitten Harry introduced Archie to the world alongside proud mother Meghan when the newest addition to the royal family was just two days old.

Announcing his arrival on May 6, the duke said: "This little thing is absolutely to-die-for, so I'm just over the moon."

Meghan Markle wore a coat dress to show off her newborn son with
Prince Harry. Photo: Getty Images
Meghan Markle wore a coat dress to show off her newborn son with Prince Harry. Photo: Getty Images

The Sussexes are raising seventh in line to the throne Archie in the sanctuary of Frogmore Cottage - their new bolthole in Windsor Home Park in Berkshire, close to the Queen's residence Windsor Castle.

The Grade II listed 10-bedroom property is set close to the winding lakes, wooded mounds, glades, walks and bridges of the gardens at Frogmore.

Hands-on-father Harry has been relishing his new role as a parent after years of watching others bring up their families.

The duke said at Archie's first photocall at Windsor Castle: "It's great. Parenting is amazing.

"It's only been two-and-a-half days, three days, but we're just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy and be able to spend some precious times with him as he slowly, slowly starts to grow up."

Meghan said of her husband and her son: "It's magic, it's pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I'm really happy."

New arrival: Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are joined by her mother, Doria Ragland, as they show their new son to the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on Wednesday
New arrival: Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are joined by her mother, Doria Ragland, as they show their new son to the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on Wednesday

Harry previously spoke about his desire to start a family, saying: "I've longed for kids since I was very, very young."

Father's Day in the UK - June 16 - is celebrated on the same day in the US - the third Sunday in June.

On Mother's Day in the US this year - May 12 - the couple shared an Instagram post of Archie's feet being cradled by Los Angeles-born Meghan.

It was captioned: "Paying tribute to all mothers today, past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered.

"We honour and celebrate each and every one of you."

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