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Archie gets royal birthday wishes as he turns 2 years old

CNN logo CNN 6/6/2021 By Sara Spary, CNN
Meghan Markle et al. looking at the camera: Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, pictured here in September 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa, turned two on Thursday. © Toby Melville/Pool/Getty Images Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, pictured here in September 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa, turned two on Thursday.

Members of the royal family have wished Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, a happy birthday as he turns 2 years old.

Archie, who is seventh in line to the throne but does not have an official royal title, has lived in California with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex since they stepped back as senior members of the royal family last year.

He was born in England on May 6, 2019, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces.

A message shared from the official royal family Twitter account on Thursday said: "Wishing Archie Mountbatten-Windsor a very happy 2nd birthday today."

The post included an image of Harry, Meghan and Archie -- who is the Queen's great-grandson -- taken shortly after his birth.

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wished their nephew a happy second birthday on social media.

His grandfather, Charles, the Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, said in a Tweet on Thursday: "Happy birthday to Archie, who turns two today."


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Meghan and Harry marked their son's birthday by calling for donations to support Covid-19 vaccine equity.

"We will not be able to truly recover [from the Covid-19 pandemic] 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," the couple said in a statement on the Archewell website, a charitable organization they founded last year.

Each donation of $5 will be matched with a further $15 by other organizations, they said.

"We cannot think of a more resonant way to honor our son's birthday."

Megan revealed earlier this week that she has written a children's book, inspired by Harry and Archie.

Titled "The Bench," the 40-page illustrated book will be released on June 8. It tells the story of a "special bond" shared between a father and son, as viewed through a mother's eyes.

"The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father's Day, the month after Archie was born," Meghan said in a statement Tuesday. "That poem became this story."

The book is intended for children aged 3-7.

"My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine," she added.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in February that they were "overjoyed" to be expecting their second child.

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