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Baby Archie update: One big change at home for Meghan Markle and Harry’s son

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Archie Harrison marked his first birthday at home in LA with his parents Meghan Markle, 38, and Prince Harry, 35, on May 6. The Sussex Family relocated to Meghan’s hometown in March and have been based there ever since. While the Sussexes are understood to have spent lockdown alone there are reports they have now been joined by another family member.

Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland also lives in LA and it’s understood Harry and Meghan’s decision to move there was in part motivated by a wish to be closer to her.

According to reports, Doria has now moved into the £8 million mansion Meghan and Harry have been renting in Tinsel Town.

Doria and Meghan are extremely close and she was present for her grandson Archie’s birth.

The doting grandmother is understood to be lending a hand with Archie at Meghan and Harry make plans for their new life outside the Royal Family.

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A source told the Sun: “Doria has her own quarters and whilst a few of Harry’s chums have been ribbing him about living with his mother-in-law, he has a brilliant relationship with her.”

Another source said Meghan thinks of Doria as “her rock” and wants to keep her close as she “doesn’t trust many people” outside of an immediate circle of family and friends.

While Archie has rarely been seen in public since his birth, Meghan and Harry shared an adorable new clip of him to mark his first birthday.

A video of Archie reading with mum Meghan was shared by charity Save the Children UK in order to promote their lockdown fundraising campaign.

In the sweet video, Harry is heard chuckling behind the camera as he captures Meghan trying to keep a fidgeting Archie still while they read “Duck! Rabbit!.”

The family’s rented LA home is visible in the background of the clip.

Meghan and Harry stepped down as senior royals in March and have now entered a one-year trial period in which they will strive to make a life for themselves outside the monarchy.

The couple have put plans to launch their new venture “Archewell” on hold as they wait out the coronavirus pandemic.

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While Meghan and Harry have kept a relatively low profile since stepping down as senior royals, Meghan recently issued a message of support for the Black Lives Matter protests following the death of African American George Floyd.

Mr Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis after the police officer detaining him knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

In a graduation speech to her former high school, Meghan addressed George Floyd’s death.

She said: “As we’ve all seen over the last week what is happening in our country and in our state and in our home town of LA has been absolutely devastating.”

“I realised the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing because George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered and Tamir Rice’s life mattered… and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we do not know.”

Meghan and Harry are likely to remain in the USA for the foreseeable future as the pandemic takes international travel off the cards.

The Queen had hoped to host Meghan, Harry and Archie at Balmoral this summer but the visit will have to wait as the Queen’s holiday plans are unlikely to go ahead.

Archie has not been in the UK since November 2019 when he travelled with his parents to Canada for their Christmas break.

When Meghan and Harry returned to the UK in January it was to announce their plans to step down as senior royals and Archie was not with them.

Archie is unlikely to reconnect with his royal relatives until the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

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