A year of firsts for Archie – the most unroyal Windsor yet

In pictures: All the Royal babies through the years (Daily Mail) It is no secret that a baby’s brain grows most rapidly in the first 12 months of life – a critical period of learning for any child. So much has happened since Harry and Meghan first presented their two-day-old son to the world in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, revealing how the 7lb 3oz infant had a “sweet and calm temperament”. The first mixed-race child to be born to a senior member of the Royal family in centuries (it is thought George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte, may have had African ancestry), Archie’s arrival at 5.26am on May 6, 2019 was hailed as emblematic of culturally diverse, modern Britain. Even the announcement of his name – meaning “genuine”, “bold” and “brave” – was novel, posted by his parents on Instagram alongside a touching black and white picture of them showing him off to the Queen, Prince Philip and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland. But, unlike recent services for royalsincluding the three Cambridge children, the public were not invited to see the happy family and their guests arrive or depart. Previous royal christenings had generally seen the palace announce the names of the family and friends entrusted with the infant’s spiritual wellbeing. Archie’s presence on the tour – including a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu – ended up being overshadowed by an interview the couple gave to ITV news anchor Tom Bradby laying bare their unhappiness. After flying to spend Archie’s first Thanksgiving holiday with Doria in Meghan’s native Los Angeles, the trio then travelled to Canada for six weeks of “family time”. Although they initially returned to Canada, the Commonwealth country that shielded them from the spotlight during their sabbatical, it was not long before California loomed large as the Sussexes’ final destination. As Harry and Meghan continue to house hunt in the exclusive ‘Pacific Palisades’ neighbourhood, tucked between the Santa Monica mountains and the Pacific Ocean, they are thought to be considering expanding their brood. According to etiquette expert and Pasadena tea room owner Edmund Fry, 80, who famously briefed Meghan on how to behave in Royal company, she “absolutely” wants to have another child. “She is American and Harry is British, both proud of family and heritage,” said Fry, owner of The Rose Cottage in the north of LA, where Meghan has been a guest.