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Meghan and Harry celebrate as Archie turns two

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor celebrates his second birthday today and his parents marked the occasion by releasing a new adorable photograph. Archie also received well-wishes from members of the Royal Family, including the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William. However, their posts on social media drew attention to the stark reality of Megxit, as some royal households were forced to use re-use old pictures of Archie.

Clarence House, the royal household of Prince Charles and Camilla, and KensingtonRoyal, the Twitter account of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were forced to use the same picture of Archie as they did to celebrate his birthday 12 months ago.

Meghan and Harry quit their senior roles within the Royal Family at the end of March 2020 – two months before Archie’s first birthday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently living California and Archie has not returned to the UK to see any of his family for more than one year.

The decision of Meghan and Harry to move stateside has meant members of the Royal Family do not have any new photographs alongside the seventh-in-line to the throne.

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Archie celebrates his second birthday today (Image: GETTY)

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Kate and William posted a birthday message to Archie on Twitter (Image: Twitter/KensingtonRoyal)

The KensingtonRoyal account and Clarence House not only shared their same respective photos from a year ago on Twitter, but they were both taken at the same occasion – Archie’s christening in July 2019.

Kate and William shared an official family portrait from the christening, which included themselves, Meghan, Harry, Archie, Charles and Camilla.

Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and Princess Diana's sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, were also present in the rare snap.

In the post on Twitter, the Kate and William wrote: “Wishing Archie a very happy 2nd birthday today.”

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Prince Charles stands beside Harry as he holds Archie after his christening in July 2019 (Image: GETTY)

The message was accompanied by a red balloon and birthday cake emoji.

Clarence House shared a photograph from after the christening and it showed Prince Charles in a black suit smiling at his grandson Archie, who was being held in the arms of Harry.

The photograph was accompanied by a post that read: “Happy birthday to Archie, who turns two today.”

The household also shared a birthday cake with candles emoji on Twitter.

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Meghan Markle and Harry released a new picture of Archie (Image: Archewell )

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Prince Harry and Meghan are living in California (Image: GETTY)

A royal blogger account drew attention to the repeated photographs of Archie on social media.

Gert’s Royal wrote: “Archie’s Birthday Tweets from @ClarenceHouse & @KensingtonRoyal last year and today.

“Both reused the 2019 photos of two-month-old Archie from after his christening. (These are the only official photos ever released of Archie with @ClarenceHouse or @KensingtonRoyal)”

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

Meghan and Harry did this evening release a new solo picture of Archie to mark his special day.

In the picture released on their Archewell website, the toddler can be seen standing alone in a field while holding a large bunch of helium-filled balloons in his right hand.

Royal watchers were unable to catch a glimpse of Archie’s face as he had his back turned to the camera.

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