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Cheeky Archie cries, giggles and throws book on floor in very un-royal new video

Archie proved he’s just like every other cheeky toddler when he sat down to read a book with his proud mum Meghan Markle – by crying, giggling, and getting a bit distracted and throwing things on the floor.

Prince Harry and Meghan shared the adorable video to mark his first birthday and to raise awareness of Save the Children UK’s Stories campaign, which is fundraising for families struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The video is far more casual than traditional royal birthday photos, and gives us an insight into the family’s new LA life.

Archie is wearing a white t-shirt and a nappy, while Meghan looks casual and relaxed in a blue shirt and shorts.

The Duchess refers to her son using his nickname Arch throughout, and proud dad Harry can be heard giggling from behind the camera.

Archie gets involved straight away and starts turning the pages. However he gets a bit overexcited and keeps turning, quicker than mum Meghan can read.

There is a moment where it sounds like he might be about to start crying, but he’s soon distracted by his mum’s enthusiastic reading of Duck or Rabbit.

He plays with the pages – as well as hit feet – throughout and is on hand to help turn over when Meghan is finished reading.

But he soon gets distracted again by some of his other books and starts wriggling over to try and pick it up.

Harry can he heard giggling behind the camera, and Meghan says: “Let’s finish this book first then we’ll have that book.”

Meghan starts to take it off him, but he drops it on the floor instead, to which Meghan says “uh-oh”.

She picks it up again, whispering: “shall we get the book back, we’ll read this one next”, before carrying on.

But Archie has clearly changed his mind and picks it up and throws it on the floor again.

Meghan smiles straight into the camera as Harry tried to contain his giggles.

When they finish reading, Harry cheers loudly and whoops while Meghan cuddles her little boy and says “good job”.

Archie chews on the book and Meghan gives him a big kiss on the head.

The couple decided to share the video rather than a traditional royal birthday photo as they wanted to raise awareness of Save the Children’s work during the coronavius pandemic.

A spokesperson for the couple said: “The family is participating in the campaign across both the US and UK to help bring much-needed support to children who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As they celebrate this family moment, the Duke and Duchess wanted to continue to raise awareness around the urgency of bringing food and learning resources to millions of children.”

Gemma Sherrington, the charity’s fundraising director, said: “Many national education systems already face considerable challenges as a result of conflict and displacement, environmental emergencies and a lack of funding.

“COVID-19 further compounds these challenges. Countries are under huge pressure in responding to the pandemic, and education budgets risk being reduced.

“We’re delighted that the Duke and Duchess have chosen to focus attention on the need to protect a generation of children from the consequences of Covid-19.”

To donate visit  savethechildren.org.uk/savewithstories  or you can text STORIES to 70008 to give a one-off donation of £5*.  All money raised will support the most vulnerable families in the UK and around the world, helping to provide supermarket vouchers, essential household items, virus protection and early learning packs.

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