The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a new photo of their son, Archie, to mark his second birthday. The photo was posted on their website, Archewell, alongside an article asking their supporters to celebrate Archie’s birthday by advocating for vaccine equity.
The new photo features the two-year-old holding balloons and was reportedly taken on his birthday at the Sussex family home in California.
Archie is set to become a big brother later this year when the Duchess of Sussex gives birth to his little sister. The Sussexes have said their daughter is due in the summer.
In their article on Archewell, the Duke and Duchess said: “We have been deeply touched over the past two years to feel the warmth and support for our family in honour of Archie’s birthday. 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 explained that the overwhelming majority of vaccines administered across the world have gone to wealthy countries and how distributing vaccines has not started in many developing nations. They then asked those who could contribute to help with vaccine equity.
“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,” they said.
For every $5 donated, a number of organisations will match the donation to turn it into $20, which covers the cost of four doses.
Harry and Meghan concluded: “We cannot think of a more resonant way to honour 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.”
The Queen, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge all shared images of Archie on their social media yesterday to wish him a happy second birthday from the UK.