The very model of a modern royal family

Royally happy family: “I have the two best guys in the world,” said Meghan.

It is the picture that says more than any words. The 93-year-old Queen greets with delight her three-day-old great grandchild, the first part Afro-American baby in the British royal family.

What’s happening

Every minute, there are about 250 babies born in the world. However, few will get as much attention as the new royal baby, Archie Harrison. (“Harry’s son” — get it?)

In the early hours of Monday morning, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy. He will be seventh in line to the throne.

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“This little thing is absolutely to die for. I’m just over the moon,” said Prince Harry.

Congratulations have poured in from around the world. Former US First Lady Michelle Obama said she and her husband Barack are “thrilled” for the Sussexes.

The couple decided to break tradition with news of the birth. It was not announced until almost 12 hours later, as the couple wanted time to celebrate in private. They also decided not to make him a prince.

Many see the new baby as a symbol of progress.

Meghan Markle is an American former actress and a feminist, while Prince Harry has spoken openly about his mental health struggles.

The baby is the first person born into the royal family with black heritage.

Is the royal baby a sign of real change?

Some say…

Yes! Archie marks a new era for British royalty in modern, racially diverse Britain. He will be raised by a father who has brought emotional openness to a family famed for having a stiff upper lip, and a mother with a history of activism. Even his name is a break from traditional royal names of the past. Finally, a royal family for the 21st Century.

Others think…

Not really. The whole idea of royalty is still very outdated and unequal in the modern world. Whilst many babies in the UK are born into poverty and struggle to break out of it, this baby will live in luxury because of his parents’ backgrounds. Besides, the media’s constant negative stories about Meghan Markle show that change has not been truly welcomed.

You Decide

  1. Would you like to be in the royal family?

Activities

  1. Write a letter to the new baby. Give him some advice that he can read later in life and treasure. Make it advice from your own experience, not something you have been told by adults or anyone else!

Some People Say...

“There is now a member of the royal family who should eventually be eligible to run for US president.”

Newsweek Magazine

What do you think?

Word Watch

Feminist
Someone who believes in equal rights for women and men.
Mental health
Your emotional well-being. Just like you have physical health, you also have mental health to look after.
Heritage
Your history and culture.
Activism
Doing practical things to bring about change in society.

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