Archie joins Harry and Meghan on birthday video call to the Queen

Rebecca Taylor
Royal Correspondent

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Archie has joined his parents to wish his great-grandmother happy birthday on a video call.

The Queen celebrated her 94th birthday on Tuesday, but unlike previous years the celebrations were muted because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

While the Royal Family wished her a happy birthday on social media accounts, there were reports they would also have private video and phone calls with her family, who are spread across the world.

A spokesman for the couple said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, joined by their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, have held a video call with the Queen to wish her a happy birthday.

The Queen and Philip meeting Archie after his birth. (SussexRoyal)

Harry, Meghan and Archie are living in Los Angeles, as they start a new chapter of their lives.

The statement was made at about 5pm BST, which is 9am PDT, in Los Angeles.

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Harry and Meghan have been seen delivering food parcels to those in need through Project Angel Food, a charity in California.

Meghan pictured with the Queen on an engagement in 2018. (Getty Images)

Meghan will also be preparing for a court battle which begins on Friday, as she takes Associated Newspapers to court.

The Queen, meanwhile, has been in isolation in Windsor, where she was joined by her husband Philip in March.

She asked that the usual celebrations of gun salutes not happen this year, and councils were told not to worry about flying the flag for the monarch’s birthday.

The Queen’s official birthday events are also under review, with Trooping the Colour confirmed as not going ahead in its usual ways this year.

Read more: How the Queen became a symbol of stability in the chaos of coronavirus

The youngest royal joined his parents to call Harry's grandmother. (Getty Images)

Other members of the family shared their messages to the Queen on social media, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posting a picture of them with her at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Prince Charles shared a series of images of the Queen over the years, including one of her as a new mother with him as a baby.

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But because Harry and Meghan can no longer use the word ‘royal’ in any of their branding, they have had to mothball their popular Instagram account, which was called SussexRoyal.

Although they have confirmed their new organisation will be called Archewell, no official social media accounts have yet come to light.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Royal Family shared private footage from the royal collection, showing the Queen as a child with her sister Margaret.

Last week, William revealed the Royal Family is making use of technology to keep in touch, which led to suggestions on whether there would be some zoom calls made on Her Majesty’s birthday.

William told the BBC: “As you can imagine, the younger generation are a little bit more tech-savvy. But only just.

“I think we’re getting there now, the family are getting a little bit more used to being able to contact each other and pressing the right buttons and not dropping the computer halfway through.”

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