On Sunday, September 15, Meghan Markle celebrated her husband’s birthday just like any other social-media-savvy partner: by posting a tribute to Instagram.
In honor of Prince Harry’s 35th birthday, Meghan took over the couple’s @sussexroyal Instagram account. There, she shared a collage of images of the prince throughout his life, including one with little Archie from the baby’s christening earlier this year. She also wrote a heartfelt caption to accompany the post.
“Your service to the causes you care so deeply for inspires me every day,” Markle wrote. “You are the best husband and most amazing dad to our son. We love you. Happiest birthday!”
In the collage, Meghan shared a photo of a young Prince Harry with his mother, Princess Diana, followed by a few from his childhood with Prince William. In the second row, Meghan put together images from his days in the military, following that up with a few from his charitable campaigns, before ending the collage with an image from their wedding and a never-before-seen image from Archie’s christening, taken by Chris Allerton. It’s a little hard to see in the original composite, but luckily royal reporter Omid Scobie gave us a close-up look:
Since Archie’s birth in May, the royal couple has remained incredibly protective over their son, only sharing a handful of images of the adorable tot. The couple even forwent the tradition of royals to have their photo taken leaving the hospital after a child’s birth; instead, the pair shared a family portrait at his private christening. Then, for Mother’s Day, the couple shared a sweet snap of the baby’s feet. They followed that up for Father’s Day by posting a close up of the baby but shielded most of his face from public view.
Both parents are passionate about Archie’s privacy, but Prince Harry, who grew up in the spotlight, seems particularly so. As he once told reporters, “My mother took a huge part in showing me an ordinary life. I am determined to have a relatively ordinary life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one too.”