An American journalist who was offered an insight into Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s daily lives in LA has recalled an incredibly sweet family moment.
A New York Times journalist has spoken about the light-hearted moment Lilibet’s dad Prince Harry began dancing in a bid to make the toddler smile. Allison P. Davis was given a rare opportunity to observe how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex live in their LA pad with their two children, Archie and Lilibet. As part of her experience, the writer was offered a chance to collect Archie from pre-school with Meghan, but the real heartwarming moment happened on their return. She spoke about how Meghan and Archie got out of the car, to be greeted at the door by Lilibet and her nanny.
As all eyes turned to the adorable tot, Harry is said to have taken the lead, as the article in The Cut revealed.
“We pull up to the house, and Archie leaps out. Harry is ending a phone call as Archie throws himself around his legs,” Allison says.
“Lilibet, unsmiling with watchful bright-blue eyes, is brought out by her nanny. She is small and also ginger, and when there is a small person in the room not smiling, it is a reflex to do anything to entertain them.”
“Harry starts dancing to his own beatboxing, and Meghan bends down and joins in and then I find myself doing it too, until she gives a lopsided smile and we all realise it’s a bit strange to be bonding in this way.”
The moment is fleeting, but resonates with other parents who do anything to make their babies or toddlers smile.
But for Meghan and Harry, an insight into life with their children is extremely unheard of, as the couple proceeds with life away from their previous roles as senior royals.
The pair decided to step back and take their family across the pond to the US.
Writer Allison noted as part of her feature with the royal couple Archie’s reaction to seeing his mother at the school gates.
“He’s so excited to see her,” she wrote. “Repeating ‘Momma, Momma, Momma’ in his little voice, as he runs toward her that he leaves his lunchbox behind on the ground.
“She scoops him up in a big hug so full of genuine emotion that both close their eyes.” Despite the ritual of doing a school run appearing very normal, there is one humbling thing Meghan does do in full view of her young son in a bid to teach him about all walks of life.
Allison noted that the Duchess had a black rucksack stowed away containing food and drink for a homeless man who had been sitting on the corner of a street.
She added: “At a stoplight, she [Meghan] reaches into the trunk and produces a brand-new black backpack and hands it to her security detail to give to an unhoused man on the corner.
“They are teaching Archie that some people live in big houses, some in small, and that some are in between homes.
“They made kits to pass out with water and peanut butter crackers and granola bars. ‘I ate one!’ Archie contributes.”
The Duke and Duchess came back to the UK last month for some work engagements, but it was during this time the late Queen Elizabeth died of old age at her residence on the Balmoral Estate.
The couple remained in the country for the national mourning period and are thought to have returned to America soon afterwards.