You would expect if any baby on earth was to have a timely welcome, it would be Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. However, it seems that Justin Trudeau was a bit late to the party. Prime Minister Trudeau's Baby Sussex welcome came today after he issued an official statement to celebrate the new royal’s birth, nearly a month after it happened.
In a statement today, the Prime Minister said “Canadians were overjoyed that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed into their family a new baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. We look forward to hosting them all on a future visit to Canada.”
The new baby was born on the 6th May this year and is the first child to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Although Trudeau did use Twitter to send his wishes to the new parents earlier this month, it is unclear why it has been left so late to make an official statement.
In the tweet, Trudeau said "Congratulations, Prince Harry & Meghan! Enjoy every minute of this happy time together as a new family of three."
It was also announced today that Canada will be donating $100,000 to the Breakfast Club Of Canada, as a gift to the child and as a celebration of his life. The charity works to provide healthy breakfasts for Canadian children and helps feed more than 220,000 students across the country every morning.
It is not yet known whether Archie will also receive a personal Canadian gift, as has been the case with his royal cousins. Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, the children of Prince William and Kate Middleton, were gifted personal tokens of Canada as well as sizeable donations to mental health organizations and other charities.
Prince George was given a handmade blanket and a pair of mukluks and some Canadian books that were written in both of Canada’s official languages. His sister, Princess Charlotte, was gifted a Canada Goose snowsuit that was said to ‘reflect Canada’s Northern identity’ and Prince Louis received a traditional Haida blanket to represent his parents' visit to Haida Gwaii, BC.
While Trudeau may have been a little late to officially welcome the birth of Archie, Canada has done a great job of celebrating this new life, from colouring Niagara Falls blue to illuminating the CN tower in honour of baby Archie.