Family & Pets
Meghan reveals rare snap of Archie
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During Meghan Markle's highly publicised surprise interview with Ellen DeGeneres, the Duchess of Sussex treated the audience to a rare glimpse into her family life, showing photos of her and Prince Harry’s two-year-old son, Archie, feeding chickens at their Montecito estate in California.
The couple have been very private about their children, having only ever shared photos of Archie from behind, while they’re yet to release a photo of Lilibet Diana who was born in June.
After moving to the US last year, Meghan told Ellen she wanted to celebrate Halloween this year with her growing family of four, saying she dressed Archie up as a dinosaur and Lilibet as a skunk “like Flower from Bambi”.
“We wanted to do something fun for the kids, and then the kids were just not into it at all,” Meghan said, before Ellen - who spent Halloween with the Sussexes - added that Archie wore the costume for “not even five minutes”.
Meghan said witnessing her husband of three years be a father was “the most beautiful thing to watch”, adding Archie had relished in becoming a big brother despite the significant adjustment.
“I think it’s just, everyone tells you — well, someone told H and I, ‘When you have one kid it’s a hobby, and two children is parenting,’ ” she said.
“Suddenly we realised, ‘Oh, right.’ Everyone talks about what it’s like for the second child, but no one talks about the adjustment for the first child when the second one comes along. So I think they have this moment of, ‘Oh, this is fun. Oh, this how it is now.’ ”
Having lived in the UK for most of his life, Meghan said Harry “loves” living in the US.
“He loves it,” Meghan said. “We moved here during lockdown, exactly when things shut down, so we’ve just been able to spend a lot of time at home and creating our home, but I think it’s just the lifestyle and the weather is pretty great. But we’re just happy.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Meghan revealed she and Harry attended a Halloween party in disguise before their relationship became public.
The Duchess told Ellen they were in Toronto, where she was filming Suits, when they decided to go incognito for a night on the town with fellow royal Princess Eugenie and her now-husband, Jack Brooksbank.
“Harry came to see me in Toronto and our friends and his cousin Eugenie and now her husband Jack – they came as well,” she said.
“The four of us snuck out in Halloween costumes to just have one fun night on the town before it was out in the world that we were a couple."
“It was a post-apocalypse theme so we had all of this very bizarre costuming on and we were able to just have one final fun night out."
Meghan and Harry, 37, met on a blind date in July 2016, before their relationship began being speculated in September that year. It wasn’t until November, shortly after Halloween, that Harry confirmed their relationship when he issued a press release detailing his concerns about the press’ “abuse and harassment” toward his new partner.