'He's Just Been a Dream': Everything Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Said About Son Archie

The royal parents - expecting again in 2021! - welcomed their first child on Monday, May 6, 2019, in London

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"I'm very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy early this morning, a very healthy boy. Mother and baby are doing incredibly well."
-Harry, on May 6, 2019

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"As every father and parent would ever say, your baby is absolutely amazing, but this little thing is absolutely to die for, so I'm just over the moon."
-Harry, on May 6, 2019

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"It's been the most amazing experience I could ever possibly imagine."
-Harry, on May 6, 2019

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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"It's magic. It's pretty amazing. I have the best two guys in the world, so I'm really happy."
-Meghan, on May 8, 2019

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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"[The baby] has the sweetest temperament. He's really calm."
-Meghan, on May 8, 2019

"I don't know where he gets that from!"
-Harry, on May 8, 2019

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"He's just been a dream. It's been a special couple of days."
-Meghan, on May 8, 2019

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"Everyone says babies change so much over two weeks. We're basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month, really. His looks are changing every single day, so who knows?"
-Harry, on May 8, 2019

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"It's great. Parenting is amazing. It's only been two and a half days, but we're just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.
-Harry, on May 8, 2019

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"[We look forward to spending] precious times with him as he slowly, slowly starts to grow up."
-Harry, on May 8, 2019

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"There's a little bit of facial hair as well. Wonderful!"
-Harry, on May 8, 2019

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"We just bumped into the [Duke of Edinburgh] as we were walking by which was so nice. It will be a nice moment to introduce the baby to more family."
-Meghan, on May 8, 2019

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match, in which Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex were competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England.
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"Perhaps it's the newfound clarity I have as a father, knowing that my son will always be watching what I do, mimicking my behavior, one day maybe even following in my footsteps. But it's not just my role as a father that shows me that; it's in the people I see every day that don't realize how inspirational they are to those watching."
-Harry, while participating in a mentoring campaign that honors his mother, in July 2019

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At the 2019 London premiere of The Lion King, Harry and Meghan met JAY-Z and Beyoncé and conversation between the two sets of proud parents quickly turned to the royal family's newest addition.

Harry revealed that Archie had recently mastered a new skill. He mimicked his son, born May 6, lifting his head up by stretching his neck and looking at the sky. Beyoncé responded, "He's holding his neck up?"

The royal dad then recreated his own reaction to Archie lifting his head, excitedly clapping and cheering him on.

Harry also said Archie is "not so little anymore" as he looked at Meghan.

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Harry and Meghan attended a June 2019 baseball game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in London, where they received a special gift for Archie.

"This is incredible. Thank you," Meghan said.

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Although the couple was all smiles at the baseball game, the pair hadn't gotten much sleep beforehand.

During the event, the royal couple met Bianca Rainbow-Jones and her 9-month old daughter named Raphaella, who was being a bit fussy. "We talked babies! They said, 'We've just left [the screaming] - we had that about an hour before we came here!' " Rainbow-Jones said.

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During a September 2019 visit to the Rugby Football Union All Schools program at Lealands High School in Luton, the Duke of Sussex gave an update on his 4-month-old son Archie.

"He's really well, thank you," Harry told a fan. "And he is getting so big."

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"I was about five months pregnant when this process began, and by the time you hold this issue in your hands, my husband and I will be holding our three-month-old baby boy in ours. It's a very special time for me personally, on so many levels; working with Edward and his team, both during my pregnancy and my maternity leave, has played no small part in that joy - it has been a privilege to be welcomed and supported by this amazing team."
-Meghan, in the September 2019 issue of British Vogue

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During Archie's royal tour debut in South Africa in September 2019, a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Harry revealed that Archie "constantly wants to stand."

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Meghan added of her son, "he's an old soul," but also "likes to flirt."

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In ITV's 2019 documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, the Duke of Sussex said his baby boy was "making more noise" than ever before during their Africa tour.

"He clearly loves Africa as well because he's been happy looking out the window," Harry revealed. "He found his voice here. He was bouncing up and down and making more noise than he's ever made before."

Proud mom Meghan added, "We thought he was happy before. He's the happiest here. He's been so happy the past two days."

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At the annual WellChild Awards in October 2019, Prince Harry confirmed his son has inherited his signature trait: his red hair!

"You can see it in his eyebrows," he said.

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During a surprise outing with military families in November 2019, Meghan met a group of young children at the Broom Farm Community Centre in Windsor, and told one little girl, "Look at all your little teeth! Archie's just got two teeth." She pointed to her bottom lip as she added, "Two tiny ones right there."

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While making his first speech in early 2020 after reaching an agreement about his royal exit from his family, Prince Harry gave an adorable update about his then-8-month-old son Archie.

"It has also been a privilege to meet so many of you, and to feel your excitement for our son Archie, who saw snow for the first time the other day and thought it was bloody brilliant!"

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In April 2020, the Duke of Sussex shared insight into his isolation period in a special video call with parents and carers in the U.K. who are looking after seriously ill kids.

"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?' " he shared. "You've got to celebrate those moments where you are just on the floor rolling around in hysterics. Inevitably, half an hour later, maybe a day later, there's going to be something that you have to deal with and there's no way you can run away from it."

Touting the strength and resilience of everyone he was speaking to, he added pf pandemic parenting, "Having one kid at 11 months old is enough!"

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As president of African Parks, the Duke of Sussex penned a forward to the organization's June 2020 annual report, in which he talked about his 1-year-old son Archie.

"Since becoming a father, I feel the pressure is even greater to ensure we can give our children the future they deserve, a future that hasn't been taken from them, and a future full of possibility and opportunity," Harry said. "I want us all to be able to tell our children that yes, we saw this coming, and with the determination and help from an extraordinary group of committed individuals, we did what was needed to restore these essential ecosystems."

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In August 2020, during The Duke of Sussex's special video chat in honor of the Rugby Football League's 125th birthday, Harry spoke about his love for the sport.

"What I need is a few mini rugby balls that I can then get Archie involved with the game, because at the moment it's impossible to find any," said Harry, who is the patron of the Rugby Football League.

"But I've got a little space outside, which I'm fortunate enough to have so I need to get him playing some Rugby League," he said, referencing his and wife Meghan Markle's new Santa Barbara, California, home.

"I'm just unbelievably fortunate and grateful to have outdoor space and see my son be able to be outside, because I know so many people just haven't had that opportunity in the last five months," Harry continued, mentioning the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"Our little man is our number one priority but our work after that is the second priority and we're just trying to do everything we can to do our part to make the world a better place," he added.

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"We are doing well. [Archie] is so good," Meghan shared in a video call with the Evening Standard to help kick off Black History Month, October, in the U.K. "We are very lucky with our little one. He is just so busy, he is all over the place. He keeps us on our toes. We are just so lucky."

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took part in a live video chat with Malala Yousafzai in October 2020 to celebrate the International Day of the Girl and opened up about how they have been able to spend more time as a family throughout the past few months.

"We were both there for his first steps," Harry said of son Archie. "His first run, his first fall, his first everything."

"In so many ways we are fortunate to be able to have this time to watch him grow, and in the absence of COVID, we would be traveling and working more," Meghan added. "We'd miss a lot of those moments."

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In December 2020, Harry helped launch WaterBear Network, a new Netflix-style streaming platform focused on conservation, by taking part in a conversation about the important topic. In the video, shot from his California home, Harry shared how welcoming a son in 2019 encouraged him to work against climate change and environmental issues.

"The moment you become a father everything really does change because then you start to realize, well, what is the point in bringing a new person into this world when they get to your age and it's on fire?" Harry said. "We can't steal their future. We really can't. That's not the job we're here for."

He continued, "I've always believed that hopefully we can leave the world in a better place than when we found it."

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