Meghan Markle made her first appearance since giving birth to baby Archie this past weekend at Queen Elizabeth II’s annual Trooping the Colour ceremony. Those who tuned in assumed she and Prince Harry left Archie at home, but it turns out he was at the event, too—just not on the balcony.
“Archie was at Trooping the Colour,” a source tells Us Weekly. “[It] was a chance for him to meet some of his cousins.”
The insider continued, “The reason Harry and Meghan didn’t appear on the balcony when the queen returned back to Buckingham Palace was because she was breast-feeding.”
Markle was all smiles at the event, but this source tells Us that leaving Archie—even for that short period of time—was hard for her. “She has spent almost every moment with him and saying goodbye was very difficult,” they say. “But Meghan truly wanted to be at the celebration for the queen. … Meghan loved seeing all the other royal children and was doting on them.”
Prince Harry has similar feelings about being away from Archie. A second source tells Us it was hard for the Duke of Sussex to go to Italy in May for an overnight engagement: “Harry left for Italy and it was very difficult for him to leave Archie and Meghan. He wants to spend every second he can with them.”
Baby Archie was first introduced to the world on Wednesday, May 8 during a photo-call. Both Markle and Prince Harry gave short interviews about their new lives as parents.
“It’s been great. Parenting is amazing,” Prince Harry told reporters. “It has only been, what, two and a half, three days…. We are just so thrilled to have our own bundle of joy and to be able to spend some precious time as he slowly starts to grow up.”