Prince Charles shares happy birthday Archie snap – but leaves out Meghan
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Prince Charles has become the latest member of the Royal family to wish a happy birthday to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son Archie.
The tot turned two on Thursday, and Charles uploaded a picture of him with Harry and Archie to mark the occasion – but left Meghan out of the snap.
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall posted on Twitter: "Happy birthday to Archie, who turns two today."
The black and white photo shows Harry cradling his infant son with his father Charles by his side. But there is no sign of Meghan in the family snap.
Archie will be spending his birthday away from his dad's side of the family, who have not seen the child since he left the UK to spend Christmas in Canada in the autumn of 2019.
The Queen lead the wishes for her great-grandson's birthday.
The official Royal family Instagram posted a picture of Harry and Meghan introducing their son to the world after he was born in May 2019.
The caption reads: "Wishing Archie Mountbatten-Windsor a very happy 2nd birthday today."
It is an almost identical message to the one posted for the sixth birthday of Princess Charlotte, Archie's cousin, last week.
Meghan and Harry are expecting their second child together, and relations between them and the Royal family are still strained following their decision to quit as working royals and subsequent explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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Meghan and Archie stayed in the US when Harry returned to the UK to attend his grandfather Prince Philip's funeral. The birthday boy has not been in the UK since he was a tiny baby.
It comes after it was announced the Duchess of Sussex will release a children's book inspired by Archie's relationship with Harry.
The Bench will be published on June 8 and Meghan said: "The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father's Day, the month after Archie was born.
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"That poem became this story."
"My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the make-up, as much as it does with mine."
Sources close to the Duchess have revealed she has long aspired to write a children's book and hopes to write more in the future.
They told Vanity Fair the royal "loves writing" and is "very good at it."
Harry, Meghan and Archie are expected to celebrate the tot's birthday privately in their Californian home.
Royal expert Ingrid Seward said she expected they would also do a video call with the Queen to mark the occasion.
She told Entertainment Daily: "I am sure they will be in touch with the Queen so they can do a Zoom call with her and Archie.
"It will be very important to them that Archie knows his royal great granny back in the UK."
- Meghan Markle
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