Meghan Markle and Prince Harry opted not to let Archie’s second birthday end without giving the world a new glimpse of their son. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a new photo of Archie on their Archewell site this afternoon. Archie appears holding a bouquet of balloons in the sepia-toned photo. With his back turned the camera, Archie wears a light sweater, jeans, and sneakers. It’s the first look the public has gotten of Archie new life in California this year.
Alongside the photo, Meghan and Harry asked fans to donate for COVID vaccine equity. They wrote in a post on their site:
We have been deeply touched over the past two years to feel the warmth and support for our family in honor of Archie’s birthday. Many of you donate to charities on his behalf, and mark the occasion by giving back or doing an act of service—all through the goodness of your hearts. You raise funds for those who need it most, and continue to do so organically and selflessly. We remain incredibly grateful.
This year, our world continues to be on the path to recovery from COVID-19. Yet too many families are still struggling with the impact of this pandemic. While some places are on the verge of healing, in so many parts of the world, communities continue to suffer. As of today, around 80 percent of the nearly one billion COVID-19 vaccine shots that have been given were administered in wealthier countries. While we may feel that normalcy is around the corner, we remind ourselves that in much of the world, and especially in developing countries, vaccine distribution has effectively yet to start.
We will not be able to truly recover 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.
For a donation of just $5, you can cover the cost of a dose for someone in need. And because we were able to secure matching support from a number of organizations, that $5 you give will automatically turn into $20—covering the cost of four doses. Every single dollar counts—not only will it help save lives but it will help save families and communities.
We cannot think of a more resonant way to honor our son’s birthday. If we all show up, with compassion for those we both know and don’t know, we can have a profound impact. Even a small contribution can have a ripple effect.
Together, we can uplift, protect, and care for one another.
Meghan and Harry are co-chairs for the upcoming Global Citizen Vax Live concert that airs this weekend. For Archie’s first birthday last year, Save the Children UK shared a video of Meghan reading to him:
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