Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their son, Archie, last Monday, and there are two very important people who still haven’t met him yet: Kate Middleton and Prince William. The reason for this, though, isn’t as shady as the tabloids and Internet would like to think. Rather, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex simply wanted their first week with Archie to be low-key without a ton of visitors.
“Archie’s first week at home with mom and dad was quiet,” royals expert Omid Scobie said on Good Morning America today, May 13. “They wanted that personal space with their newborn. This week, it’s all about the visitors with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting tomorrow and the Prince of Wales [Prince Charles, Harry and William’s father] visiting later this week.”
Scobie reiterated this on Twitter, as well, writing, “Sources confirm that Prince William and Duchess Kate will be meeting baby Archie for the first time early this week. Grandfather Prince Charles will be paying a visit a few days later.”
This makes sense, when you think about it. Parents typically wait at least a few days—if not weeks or months—before introducing their newborn children to extended family. Kate Middleton and Prince William probably just wanted to give Markle and Prince Harry some room to breathe before showering baby Archie with presents. There’s nothing to see here, truly.
Middleton and Prince William showed their love for baby Archie from afar last week. “We’re absolutely thrilled,” the Duke of Cambridge told reporters. “We’re looking forward to seeing them in the next few days. I’m very pleased and glad to welcome my brother to the sleep-deprivation society that is parenting.”
The duchess echoed these sentiments and pointed out that Archie’s birthday closely aligns with two of her children’s: Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte. “It’s such a special time, and with Louis and Charlotte just having had their birthdays, it’s such a great time of the year to have a baby,” she said. “Spring’s in the air and everything, so it’s pretty great.”
Markle and Prince Harry shared a few photos of Archie to the @SussexRoyal Instagram account last week. Their most recent post, published Sunday, is in honor of Mother’s Day and includes a snap of Archie’s feet.
“Paying tribute to all mothers today – past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered,” the post reads. “We honor and celebrate each and every one of you.”