PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle today said they were "deeply touched" by the support they have received as a family in honour of their son Archie's birthday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are celebrating their son turning two from their home in California as they await the arrival of their second child.

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Releasing a joint statement on their Archewell foundation website, the proud parents this year asked for charity donations to mark the occasion.

They said say have been "deeply touched" over the past two years to feel the "warmth and support for our family in honour of Archie's birthday".

"Many of you donate to charities on his behalf and mark the occasion by giving back or doing an act of service – all through the goodness of your hearts."

The Duke and Duchess went on to address the Covid pandemic which is still seeing "too many families struggling".

They said: "We will not be able to truly recover until everyone, everywhere, has equal access to the vaccine.

"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 organizations, that $5 you give will automatically turn into 20 dollars – covering the cost of four doses."

The little tot has been flooded with well-wishes today, with senior royals taking to social media to wish him a special day.

A post on the Royal Family's official Instagram and Twitter pages read: "Wishing Archie Mountbatten-Windsor a very happy 2nd birthday today."

In another gushing post, shared on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official accounts, Wills and Kate wrote: "Wishing Archie a very happy 2nd birthday today," followed by a balloon and cake emoji.

They shared a family snap taken on Archie's Christening when he was just two-months old, featuring the entire family together.

Meanwhile Prince Charles and Camilla shared a loving photo of the Prince of Wales with his son and grandson, writing: "Happy birthday to Archie, who turns two today".



Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6 2019 at 5.26am, weighing 7lb 3oz.

It is not clear how Harry and Meghan will mark Archie's special day.

But the Queen, 95, may still be able to join in the party on a video chat with her great-great grandson.

It comes after the Duchess of Sussex revealed her husband's special bond with their son was the inspiration behind her first children's publication, The Bench.

The little boy has only been seen rarely during the past 12 months, but did feature in a black and white video clip released in March, showing him walking along a beach watched by his parents and the family's pet dog, Guy.

He also made a surprise appearance in the Sussexes' first podcast for Spotify in December, with his American accent slipping out.

At Christmas, the Sussexes' festive card was decorated with a picture of Archie and his parents sitting in front of a Wendy house, thought to be at their Californian home, with the couple's pet dogs.

And for his first birthday Harry and Meghan released a video of their boisterous son playing up for the camera as his mother read him the popular children's tale Duck! Rabbit!



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