Ever since Meghan Markle shot to the spotlight as Prince Harry’s fiance, the world has watched the couple with bated breath. While everyone got swept up with Meghan and Harry fever, we began to follow their footsteps every stage of the way. From their high profile engagement and elaborate wedding to royal duties, tours, vacations, fashion choices, pregnancy, loving looks, every move, and every sneeze. Everything has been documented.
Back in May, Meghan and Harry welcomed their new bundle of joy into the world. Ever since the royal duo became a trio, Meghan has taken a noticeable leap away from the limelight. She began her maternity leave, stepped away from many royal engagements, and has kept more of a low-key profile. However, she and Harry are still living life to the fullest. So let’s take a glimpse at what the family been really up to since the birth.
That Royal Announcement
Earlier this year, on May 6th we received the news we’d all been waiting for. Finally, after what seemed like forever, the royals announced the birth of their first child, a boy. It was even more exciting as Meghan had been careful to break with tradition and keep the details of the birth wrapped up in privacy. This had only fuelled more speculation about the baby.
Meghan had also broken the age-old tradition of a post-birth photoshoot. Instead, they spent the first two days privately as a family. We were all on the edge of their seats, and couldn’t wait to find out everything we could about the new royal addition.
An Emotional Interview
Two days after the birth of their new baby boy, the Duke of Sussex, Harry gave an emotional interview to the press. He was overcome with excitement and explained how proud he was of his amazing wife. He also revealed that the baby was overdue, but both mother and baby were happy and healthy.
It’s clear from the beaming grin on his face that Harry was bursting with pride after the experience. He gushed to the press how thrilled they were “to have our own little bundle of joy, to be able to spend some precious time with him as he slowly starts to grow up.”
Archie’s Royal Debut
After spending quality time together to bond with their new baby privately, the couple was finally ready to follow royal protocol. The first step was to introduce their new baby to the Queen, as well as Meghan’s mom. As he made his royal debut to the world, we’re guessing they were both just as thrilled to see the brand new royal addition, as we were.
After this, Meghan and Harry finally announced the name to the public, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. His name means genuine and bold, and the middle-name Harrison is actually a tribute to his dad Harry. Archie is also seventh in line to the throne and is well on the way to be the most famous baby on the planet.
A Family Photoshoot
After Meghan and Harry had introduced Archie to the Queen, they followed more royal etiquette and posed for a loving family photoshoot at St. George’s Hall in Windsor Castle. Meghan and Harry have become known for their public displays of affection and loving smiles. While they both were all smiles in this photo, this is the same place they had tied the knot a year earlier, so we’re sure it was extra special for them.
As Harry cradled his new adorable son in a white blanket, it was clear that they both couldn’t hold back their emotions, even if they tried. The press then asked Meghan what it’s like to be a brand new mom. She then gushed how “It’s magic — it’s pretty amazing, and I have the two best guys in the world, so I am really happy.”
Stepping Away From the Spotlight
While Meghan was happy to follow some royal protocol, she’s never been one for tradition. After their first royal appearance, Meghan went on maternity leave. She also made a conscious decision to take a step back from the royal spotlight. Some even dubbed her “princess privacy”.
Meghan made it clear that she wanted Archie to be raised as a normal citizen, rather than the subject of so much press attention. So she tried her best to spend her first precious moments with her new son in private. Meghan did, however, tease us all with this heart-melting photo of Archie and Harry on Instagram to celebrate father’s day.
In Archie’s first weeks, Meghan made the most out of spending quality time with Harry and Archie, away from the prying cameras. We’re sure she took that time to really bond with their new son. Her mother Doria Ragland was staying with them for a while to help out, but she later moved back to her home in LA.
The couple also took an extra step to protect their privacy and even ditched the palace life for the country life. They had previously lived in Kensington Palace with other royals like Prince William and Kate Middleton. However, they both decided to move further away, and eventually settled on Frogmore Cottage in Windsor outside London. They also renovated the cottage to make it more homely, private and more to their style.
A Special Appearance
While Meghan had made a point out of keeping a lower profile after Archie was born, she did grace us with a few special public appearances. Back in June, she joined Harry in a royal processional carriage at the Trooping of the Color. This is an annual parade through London to mark the Queen’s Official Birthday.
While others royals came out to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, it was clear that all eyes were on Harry and Meghan. They chose to leave Archie at home that day, but this was their first major royal engagement since his birth. We’re sure fans were thrilled they were back, even for the day, and Meghan was beaming with excitement as she happily waved and smiled to the crowd.
All Eyes on Meghan
While all eyes were on Harry and Meghan during the parade, they were also joined in their carriage by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and the Duchess of Cornwell, Camilla Bowles. While fans were happy to see the royal clan back together, there was also another thing people couldn’t help but notice.
The parade also featured military units marching with flags and RAF planes flying above. However, many fans were just as excited to see Meghan’s post-baby style. Ever since she stepped onto the royal radar, her fashion choices have made headlines just as much as her engagements. At the parade, Meghan stunned everyone in a demure navy blue dress and cape, by her wedding designer, Clare Waight Keller.
Harry Kept up Appearances
After this event, Meghan continued to take a step back from the royal lens. However, a few weeks after Archie was born, Harry went back to his royal duties. These included public appearances and charity work. At the beginning of June, Harry attended a fundraising concert for Sentebale in Hampton Court Palace.
In the past, Harry has spoken numerous times about his involvement with charity work in Africa. It’s fair to say that he has a long-standing mutual appreciation for Africa. This organization was actually co-founded in 2006 by Harry, to support children and young people in Lesotho, Botswana, and Malawi in Africa.
A Surprise Appearance
At the end of June, Meghan graced us with another surprise appearance. This time she joined Harry to celebrate the first Major League Baseball game in London. The highly anticipated game was hosted in London Stadium, Olympic Park in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. This is another organization close to Harry’s heart. He helped launch it in 2014 to bring injured army veterans together to compete in multi-sport events.
In the past, Meghan has made no secret about her nostalgia for all things American. So we’re sure she was just as happy to bring a taste of America to English soil. The first Major Baseball Game saw the New York Yankees square up against the Boston Red Sox. However before the game even kicked off, there were some more surprises in store for the couple.
A Sporting Gift
When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at the Olympic Stadium, they took the opportunity to meet and greet both of the baseball teams. While they were just as happy to hug, smile, and get to know the teams, Meghan and Harry got a little more than they were expecting that day.
Ahead of the game, both the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox surprised the royal couple with adorable customized team jerseys. They both had Archie’s name imprinted on them, and it was a touching gesture. We only wonder which team’s jersey Meghan will dress Archie in first.
Another Charity Close to Harry’s Heart
At the beginning of July, Harry attended a landmark event for another charity close to his heart. This time it was to mark the UK’s very first National Youth Mentoring Summit. The summit was even more poignant we’re sure, as it was hosted by the Diana Award.
The Diana Award was actually created in 1999 to continue the legacy of Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana. It was designed to empower young people to help change the world. The goal of this youth mentoring summit was to support young mentors and inspire businesses and organizations to work with young mentors as well.
Archie’s Next Milestone
In July, Meghan and Harry stepped out into the public eye again with Archie to celebrate another milestone. This time it was for his much-anticipated baptism. The traditional ceremony was held at the private chapel at Windsor Castle, and the couple was flooded with cards and greetings from well-wishers across the world.
Once again, fans couldn’t wait to find out all the details of the Christening and glimpse at the latest photos of Archie. However, when the royals released these loving family photos to the press, the event attracted even more attention for another reason.
A Private Family Affair
The reason for so much interest was that Meghan and Harry chose to keep the event strictly private. They only invited a small inner circle of royal family and friends. Some other royals have also chosen to keep their Christening’s a little more private than others. However, this event made even more waves as it was strictly media-free.
Meghan and Harry have made it clear that they want Archie to be a “private citizen,” which is why they chose to have the media-free ceremony. Although they didn’t allow the press access into the actual event, they did release these heartwarming photos of the royal clan to fans. That’s the next best thing we suppose!
Archie Goes Public
A few days after the private Christening, Meghan made her next special public outing with Archie. This time she captured the attention of the press for a few reasons. One of these was more to do with her changing style. Previously, we had gotten used to seeing her in a collection of stylish, and figure-hugging outfits. This time, she wowed the world once again with her casual approach.
When Meghan strutted out in a comfortable, loose-fitting, olive green maxi-dress, and aviator shades, it was actually refreshing. For the first time, we got to see the new mom in a laid-back casual style. She was also doting on her son and sweetly cradling him in her arms. We’re sure just like most new moms, with her post-baby body, she would choose comfort over figure-hugging any day. We’re sure many fans could relate too.
Archie’s First Royal Polo Match
The reason for this high-profile appearance with Archie was actually for another prestigious royal event. It was for the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day, meaning it was actually Archie’s very first polo match. We’re sure this is just a right of passage in royal circles.
The charity match was another family affair, so Meghan, Archie, and Harry joined the rest of the royals there. Harry even competed along with his brother William, so Meghan and Archie were there to cheer them on. The event was in aid of various organizations, including The Invictus Games Foundation, African Parks, and The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
By mid-July, Meghan was still careful to maintain her low profile as “princess privacy.” Still, she did make a few exceptions. One of these was for Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Even before she was a Duchess, Meghan had always been a big fan of tennis. She also had a close relationship with the champion tennis star Serena Williams.
This time, Meghan made headlines for something else. She was enjoying a Duchess Day out with Kate Middleton, and her sister Pippa Middleton, without the boys. They were supporting the women’ singles final match between Serena Williams and Simon Halep, and eventually, Halep took the title. We’re sure fans were just as happy to follow the match as to watch the duchesses in their stylish outfits, happily chatting away in the royal box.
Rocking The Red Carpet
In Mid-July, Meghan and Harry caused another media frenzy, when they rocked up to the red carpet for The Lion King Premiere. This was their first red-carpet appearance since the birth od Archie, and the pair were the epitome of classic couple style.
Meghan dazzled everyone in her statement black dress, and Harry oozed style in his black tuxedo. While the pair strutted down the carpet as royals, they also won the affection of fans by being so down-to-earth. They seem to be so giddy with happiness on every occasion, and we love seeing their loving looks and laughing moments. Sometimes it’s easy to forget their even royals.
A Star-Studded Premiere
While Meghan and Harry rocked the carpet, they were also joined by a stream of A-listing stars, from Elton John to Seth Rogen. The moment that made our circle of lives complete was when the queen of style, Meghan Markle finally came face to face publicly with the queen of pop, Beyonce. It was like two royal world’s colliding!
Beyonce and Meghan were both joined by their husbands, Jay Z, and Prince Harry. Still, the sweet and humbling exchange between arguably the most influential women in the world was everything. When Beyonce finally met Meghan, she called her “my princess.” The pair hugged, chatted, and seemed to be in awe of each other, and so were we!
Meghan’s Quiet Charity Work
While Meghan has been busy enjoying her maternity leave and venturing out to premieres and sports events, she has still been continuing some of her charity work behind the scenes. At the end of July, the royals announced that the duchess had quietly been making plans with the Smartworks charity.
The organization is designed to empower women and provides clothes and skills to help them enter the workforce. This coming Autumn, Meghan will be supporting a new collective initiative for the Smart Works Charity. Meghan has been very vocal about empowering women in the past, so we’re sure she’ll continue to champion her charity causes once her maternity leave is over.
Meghan’s Secret Birthday Trip
At the beginning of August, Meghan celebrated her first birthday as a new mom. To mark the occasion, Harry took her on a secret whirlwind birthday trip to the Ibiza. Meghan had previously loved visiting the Spanish island in 2016 with some friends. Still, this time they flew in style on a private jet. The jet did draw some press-attention, but it was later reported that they flew with a carbon-neutral company.
When the couple jetted off for a relaxing and romantic holiday, they also took Archie along with them for his first plane ride. Harry also pulled out all the stops for his family holiday. They reportedly stayed in an exclusive and secluded vacation spot, dubbed a “millionaire’s playground” for six days.
Archie’s Jet-Set Summer
Before Archie was even four months old, he really had a jet-set summer. After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Ibiza, they then jetted off to France with Archie for their next getaway. The family reportedly spent three days soaking up the sights and stayed at the French Riviera.
Harry and Meghan also stayed at another breathtaking resort, owned by Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish. In fact, Prince Harry has long shared a strong bond with Elton John, which we can imagine stems from the singer’s close friendship with his late mother, Diana. So we’re sure they were all happy to make the most out of staying at Elton’s luxurious resort.
What’s Next for Harry and Meghan
After a whirlwind summer, Meghan’s maternity leave is gradually coming to a close. Meghan has tried her best to strike a balance between a low-key maternity leave while still attending some high-profile appearances. Still, the question on everyone’s lips remains. Whats’s next for the royal couple?
Well, Meghan has been quietly working on another project, as a guest editor of a landmark edition of British Vogue. The September issue has now been released is a tribute to British females who have helped re-shape society. When she returns to all her royal duties, and charity work, we can’t wait to see which other exciting initiatives are in the pipeline.
An Upcoming Tour
Harry and Meghan also broke the announcement to the press that they will be going on their first official tour as a family. The upcoming tour will take them to South Africa at the end of September. Harry will also travel to other areas like Malawi, Angola, and Botswana.
Harry has spoken in the past about how he and Meghan got closer spending time in Africa together in the early days of their relationship. So we’re sure Africa now also holds a special place for Meghan too. Harry recently shared on the Sussex Royal Instagram how “I can’t wait to introduce my wife and son to South Africa! We’ll see all of you very soon.” And we’re sure we’ll continue to follow their footprints every step of the way!