Archie is ringing in his first birthday with storytime in his new home of Los Angeles

By Erin Hill
May 06, 2020 06:59 AM
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Happy birthday, Archie!

In celebration of Archie Harrison's first birthday, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry shared a new photo of their son on his big day on Wednesday.

Meghan reads one of Archie's favorite books, Duck! Rabbit!, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld, in the sweet picture, which is a still image from a video taken by proud dad Prince Harry from their new home of Los Angeles.

Archie turns to the first page of the book as he sits on his mom's lap in the video. "Let's go to the next page, look Arch!" Meghan says as Archie grins, showing off his bottom teeth. At one point, he picks up another book from the floor and playfully throws it back down, causing Harry to let out a few laughs.

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When Meghan finishes reading the story, Harry yells out, "Yay! The end! Woo! Bravo!" Archie then smiles sweetly and appears to say "dada."

"Da, da, da, da, da," he says.

As they celebrate as a family, the couple wanted to use the day to highlight the continuing need to get food and learning resources, such as books, to children around the world. They are supporting the @SaveWithStories campaign in the U.S. — and @SaveChildrenUK in the U.K. — which helps kids who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the U.S., #SAVEWITHSTORIES was created by Jen Garner and Amy Adams in March.

The last time fans caught a glimpse of Archie was on New Year's Eve when his parents shared a sweet photo of Archie in Harry’s arms while standing in front of a scenic view. Archie also took center stage in the Duke of Duchess of Sussex’s first Christmas card as a family of three.

The Sussexes spent several months on Vancouver Island in Canada before they moved to Los Angeles in March after announcing their departure from royal life.

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Meghan Markle and Archie
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Isolating in their new home in L.A., “they spend their evenings at home as a family. They haven’t had any visitors,” a source told PEOPLE of their life in California.

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Harry got candid about “family time” at home during a recent charity Zoom call, saying, “There’s a hell of a lot of positives that are happening at the same time and being able to have family time — so much family time — that you almost think, ‘Do I feel guilty for having so much family time?’ You’ve got to celebrate those moments where you are just on the floor rolling around in hysterics.”

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A source recently told PEOPLE of Archie, "He is super active! He is definitely keeping them busy and brings a lot of joy."

Adds a friend, "He’s doing great. Meghan and Harry are really happy with Archie. They are happy about what’s ahead for them."