On Mother’s Day, the Sussex PR machine released several puff pieces to commemorate the day, just after Meghan Markle made her first post-Oprah appearance on the Vax Live Charity Concert.
Not only did we learn Archie is learning to count and saying the number two constantly, but there’s also a small new Archewell Donation and information that Meghan celebrated Mother’s Day privately.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor celebrated his second birthday last week, and he’s excited about the number. The Californian, who’s currently learning to count, “keeps saying two.”
A source told U.S. celebrity magazine US Weekly, “Harry and Meghan feel so blessed to have such an articulate and caring child. Archie is learning to count already and keeps saying ‘Two!’”
He is also learning the art of giving. The source explained, “They want Archie to grow up understanding the importance of giving back.”
A child learning to count and knowing how old he is, that’s riveting stuff. No doubt his parents are excited, but it’s doubtful that the general public is really all that interested. After all, his parents constantly ask for privacy. We’d be more than happy to give it, if only the Sussex PR team could return the favor.
Meghan Markle has also apparently made a small donation to a homeless women’s shelter Harvest Home, providing “diapers, cleaning supplies and other essential items.”
In a social media post, since no Archewell donation can be given without a corresponding announcement to tell the world about their generosity via either Instagram or Twitter, it states, “Today we are thrilled to have the support of the Archewell Foundation, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Procter & Gamble, who are donating diapers, cleaning supplies, and other essential items to ensure that the moms and babies at Harvest Home are celebrated all throughout the year.
“This incredible Mother’s Day surprise was accompanied by a personal letter from the Duchess that included these inspiring words: ‘When we consider how vulnerable any mother feels during the fragile time of pregnancy, we gain perspective about how especially difficult it can be for pregnant women of color and those who come from under-resourced and vulnerable communities. I hope you will accept an offer of support to help further uplift Harvest Home’s residents.”
It’s great to see an organization like Harvest Home receiving support—however, why does every group receiving a donation seemingly always make a corresponding social media post praising the Archewell Foundation to the world? Can’t something good be done without a public proclamation?
Also, if their foundation partnered with Procter & Gamble (P&G), how much did they personally contribute? Did they just partner with a little bit of funding while P&G did the heavy lifting financially? P&G manufactures all the items given to the Harvest House, which could potentially mean that the Archewell Foundation and Harry and Meghan gave nothing at all.
It seems like most of the Archewell Foundation donations have been rather small, so it would be interesting to know if giving is really all that strong. The organization will have to provide a public record as a 501c3, which will be reported by Royal News Network when available.
Finally, Hello Magazine reports that Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Archie celebrated Mother’s Day privately, which makes sense as we’ve been told Meghan is too famous to socialize Archie and the couple no longer has strong family connections. Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland has been the exception, but apparentlythey aren’t seeing much of her either right now.
All in all, it was a busy day for the three different Sussex PR teams reportedly used by the couple. However, Meghan Markle remains a divisive figure. People either love her or they intensely dislike her, and after the Oprah Winfrey interview, her public perception is continuing to tank.
Photo from Harper’s Bazaar.