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Book Meghan Markle read to Archie in birthday video ‘gifted by Oprah Winfrey’

Following Archie’s birth, Winfrey said she would give him ‘enough books to last a lifetime’

Meghan and Harry celebrate Archie's first birthday

The book read to Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor by the Duchess of Sussex in his birthday video was reportedly given to him by Oprah Winfrey.

On Wednesday 6 May, Archie, son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, celebrated his first birthday.

To mark the occasion, Meghan and Prince Harry shared a video of the duchess reading the one-year-old a children’s book called Duck! Rabbit!

At the beginning of the video, which was filmed by Prince Harry and shared on the Instagram account for non-profit organisation Save the Children UK, Meghan presents the book to the camera.

A sticker can be seen on the front cover of the story, which says “Archie’s Book Club”.

Following Archie’s birth in May last year, media mogul Winfrey revealed that there is a “standard gift” she gives to people she “really cares about”.

“This baby will have enough books to last a lifetime!” the 66-year-old said.

Archie is not the only recent recipient of one of Winfrey’s book bundles. In December 2019, Late Night star Mindy Kaling spoke about how Winfrey also gave a selection of books to her daughter Katherine when she was born.

“Each book has ‘Katherine’s Book Club’ on it,” Kaling added.

According to Harper’s Bazaar, the outlet received confirmation that Duck! Rabbit! was part of the literary present sent to Archie by Winfrey.

(Duke of Sussex / @SaveChildrenUK

In the video shared on the occasion of his birthday, Archie is filmed sitting on his mother’s lap as she reads the children’s book.

Archie smiles and turns the pages of the book as Meghan tells the story, while Prince Harry can be heard chuckling behind the camera.

In the caption for the video, Save the Children UK thanked the duchess for taking part in the charity’s Save with Stories coronavirus appeal.

“As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, children’s lives are being turned upside down,” the caption read.

“By donating to Save with Stories, you can support the most vulnerable families in the UK and around the world by helping to provide early learning packs, supermarket vouchers, essential household items and virus protection.”

Several members of the royal family shared happy birthday messages for Archie on social media, including the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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