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Kate and William may have carefully timed Archie birthday post to ‘avoid Sussex onslaught’

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son Archie celebrates his second birthday today and received a number of messages on social media from his family in England. The Queen and the Cambridges wasted no time this morning and shared their birthday posts along with childhood photos of Archie. The Queen, 95, sent her message on the official Royal Family twitter account at 7.14am BST, meanwhile the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posted theirs at 8.20am.

Meghan and Harry are currently living in the US and the seven-hour time difference means their son Archie would have received the respective messages just 14 minutes and 80 minutes into his second birthday.

Although Archie is very likely to have been asleep at the time and did not see the messages until the morning, royal expert Angela Levin has suggested the royals did it to prevent a backlash from fans of the Duke of Duchess of Sussex.

In a post on Twitter, she wrote: “The Cambridges and Queen have wished Archie a happy 2nd birthday.

“I wonder if they put out the message early to avoid another Sussex onslaught.”

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Prince William and Kate wished Archie a happy birthday on social media (Image: GETTY)

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Kate and William shared a photo from Archie's christening (Image: PA)

The Queen accompanied her post with the first picture taken of Meghan, Harry and Archie.

On Twitter, the post read: “Wishing Archie Mountbatten-Windsor a very happy 2nd birthday today.”

Kate and William chose to share a cute family photo from Archie’s christening.

On their Kensington Palace Twitter account, Kate and William said: “Wishing Archie a very happy 2nd birthday today.”

Meghan and Harry delighted royal fans this evening by releasing a new photograph of their son.

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Archie holds onto a bunch of balloons (Image: ARCHEWELL)

In the black-and-white picture, Archie can be seen standing in a field holding a large bunch of helium-filled balloons in his right hand.

The little toddler, who is rarely shown to the public, has his back to the camera and wore jeans, trainers and a sweater.

The new concealed picture is in stark contrast to the content released by Meghan and Harry for his first birthday.

Last year, a video was released of Archie sat on his mother’s lap as she read the children’s tale Duck! Rabbit!

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Archie celebrates his second birthday today (Image: GETTY)

Meghan is currently heavily pregnant with their second child and that could explain her absence from the annual picture.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also marked Archie’s birthday by asking well-wishers to donate money to help those around the world receive a coronavirus vaccine.

The couple said donation of $5 dollars would be enough to buy one COVID-19 dose and the contribution would be quadrupled to $20 in order to cover four doses.

In a joint statement on their Archewell foundation website, Harry and Meghan said: "We will not be able to truly recover until everyone, everywhere, has equal access to the vaccine.

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Archie is seventh-in-line to the throne (Image: EXPRESS)

"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 dollars, 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 organisations, that 5 you give will automatically turn into 20 dollars - covering the cost of four doses."

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