Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor would have always made history. When he was born on May 6 last year, his arrival in the world was wrapped in unprecedented level of secrecy for a small member of the royal family.
So his parents announced that they were avoiding the tradition and that he would not have a title.
Finally in September, at the age of four months, he became the youngest member of The Firm to undertake an official commitment abroad with his debut appearance being a morning tea with Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu .
Basically the boy (who from the poor photos that were released to him is an absolutely adorable combination of his two highly photogenic parents), during his short time on this Earth, managed to create serious and historical waves.
Archie is now making headlines again, with reports that while her parents Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are preparing for the last week of official commitments in the UK, she would not have made the trip across the Atlantic with them.
Rather, according to the Daily Mail, Archie will remain in Canada to be treated by his nameless nanny and Meghan’s friend Jessica Mulroney.
Although this has not been confirmed, this was exactly the same babysitting arrangement that was put in place when Harry and Meghan returned to London together in January.
Assuming that these reports are based on concrete facts and that recent events would suggest that this is not a far-fetched hypothesis, Archie who remains in Canada would signal that they either do not see their future in the UK or will be read as confirming that things are toxic behind the palace gates – or even more worrying, both.
At the time of this writing, news has surfaced that Harry spent four hours Sunday with the queen, where he made it clear to his nephew that he and his family would always be welcome in the royal fold. However, the relationship between Sussex and other family members seems to have worn off over the past year.
In October, Harry apparently confirmed the existence of a breach with his brother Prince William in a television interview, while during the same program, Meghan told reporter Tom Brady “not many people asked if I’m okay,” in that which has been interpreted as a kind of excavation to the royal family.
Things went from bad to worse during the first two months of 2020.
Since news that the Sussex wanted to quit when the front row members of the royal family broke up in January, they have not been shy about expressing their regret and anger, on several occasions, about the exit conditions they have been forced to to accept.
The question now is: can things be patched up? Archie’s arrival in London or his stay in Canada would be a great indicator in both cases.
If you go back to look at the photo posted on Instagram on May 9, just three days after Archie’s birth, the joy on the faces of the queen, Prince Philip and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, is authentic.
His Majesty’s face is particularly interesting as he has adopted the same frown for the best part of seven decades of devoted service. Yet here we have the longest serving British monarch who smiles positively at the sight of his eighth great grandson.
In contrast to the scenario now where Archie has been in Canada since November, which means he hasn’t seen any of his British relatives for at least four months. For the queen and the rest of the Windsor family, this separation must hurt.
Regardless of what happened, if Harry and Meghan were to bring Archie back to the UK it would surely be seen as a sign that they intended to work on trying to heal the fracture.
However, if they did not bring Archie back, this would show some disregard for his family’s wishes (family life, whether your golden carts are or not, implies having to do things you would prefer not in the name of maintaining family harmony ).
Likewise, leaving her son in North America would have telegraphed a particular lack of interest in investing time and energy in filing a relationship with her Cambridge cousins, which is certainly not an advantage for Windsor’s potential unity in the future.
Finally, this move would also talk about where the Sussex see their future. While their first sensational statement in January said they are planning “to raise our son with an appreciation for the real tradition in which he was born”, any chance of some sort of 50/50 deal seems to be falling and fast.
As the family maintains its property on Queen’s Windsor estate and repays the $ 4 million more taxpayer money spent on renovating the property, it seems more and more that they will not spend most of the year allocated to Victorian property.
It would seem that Archie could end up getting to know the royal family like the rest of the world, that is, looking The crown.
To be clear, it’s not about archiving in public or attending a service at Westminster Abbey (even relatively six-year-old Prince George isn’t forced to endure that kind of tour yet).
If he returned to Old Blighty with his parents, it would be very, very unlikely, if not nearly impossible, that he would be seen in public.
Rather, his absence would be the clearest sign of how fractured between Sussex and Windsor things that did not make concessions to the joy of the 93-year-old grandmother in seeing her youngest grandson (although it is worth noting that the spread of the coronavirus would further complicate this situation).
As the countdown starts at Harry and Meghan’s final release series as HRH, there is practically only one thing that is clear. Archie will celebrate his first birthday on May 6, which will be five weeks after his parents officially retire as members of the royal family. There are so many unknowns as the Sussex embark on this new chapter, but one question that remains to be answered is who will be alongside their parents to help Archie blow out the candles. At this rate, probably not the queen.
Daniela Elser is an expert and real writer with 15 years of experience working with some of the major Australian media titles.