Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s Second Birthday

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared a new photograph of their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on his 2nd Birthday, along with a message inviting community support for vaccine equity:

We have been deeply touched over the past two years to feel the warmth and support for our family in honor of Archie’s birthday. Many of you donate to charities on his behalf, and mark the occasion by giving back or doing an act of service—all through the goodness of your hearts. You raise funds for those who need it most, and continue to do so organically and selflessly. We remain incredibly grateful.

This year, our world continues to be on the path to recovery from COVID-19. Yet too many families are still struggling with the impact of this pandemic. While some places are on the verge of healing, in so many parts of the world, communities continue to suffer. As of today, around 80 percent of the nearly one billion COVID-19 vaccine shots that have been given were administered in wealthier countries. While we may feel that normalcy is around the corner, we remind ourselves that in much of the world, and especially in developing countries, vaccine distribution has effectively yet to start.

We will not be able to truly recover until everyone, everywhere, has equal access to the vaccine. And with that intention, we are inviting you to contribute whatever you can—if you have the means to do so—to bring vaccines to families in the world’s most vulnerable places.

For a donation of just $5, you can cover the cost of a dose for someone in need. And because we were able to secure matching support from a number of organizations, that $5 you give will automatically turn into $20—covering the cost of four doses. Every single dollar counts—not only will it help save lives but it will help save families and communities.

We cannot think of a more resonant way to honor our son’s birthday. If we all show up, with compassion for those we both know and don’t know, we can have a profound impact. Even a small contribution can have a ripple effect.

Together, we can uplift, protect, and care for one another.

Thank you for celebrating with us,

Harry & Meghan

The first child of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and the Duchess of Sussex, Archie was the fourth grandchild of the Prince of Wales, and the 7th great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. The 7th-in-line to the Throne who is also the first biracial person in the direct line of Succession and is set to become the 2nd Duke of Sussex, Archie is entitled to use the courtesy title of Earl of Dumbarton but instead chooses to be styled without any titles. Upon the succession of the Prince of Wales, as a male line grandchild of a sovereign, he will be entitled to be addressed as HRH Prince Archie of Sussex. We wish him a Very Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns!

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