Royal News Roundup: Baby Archie’s Birthday Video, Kate Middleton’s New Project & Meghan Markle's Interview Pep Talk

Here, all the royal news you need to know for the week of May 7, 2020.

  • Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor (we’ll never get tired of saying that name) celebrated his first birthday on Wednesday. In honor of the big day, Meghan and Harry surprised us all and shared a new video of their son that was taken for Save the Children U.K.'s #SaveWithStories campaign.
  • Sure, Kate Middleton and Prince William officially landed on the name George Alexander Louis for their firstborn, but according to the Mirror, this was almost not the case. Per the outlet, the duchess originally “had set her heart” on the name Alexander.
  • On Wednesday, HarperCollins Publishers announced that they’re blessing us with an all-new Prince Harry and Meghan Markle biography, called Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, that will debunk the most controversial royal rumors. Bring on the royal tea.
  • Sophie, Countess of Wessex, formally opened a new emergency field hospital in Sunderland this week. The NHS Nightingale Hospital North East, which has the capacity to provide 460 more beds, was officially declared open by Sophie via video chat from her home in Windsor, where she gave us a peak at her boldly colored walls.
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  • Prince William approved the use of Kensington Palace’s private lawn, Perks Field, for refueling air ambulances in hopes of saving valuable time for paramedics. This specific area is usually reserved for the Windsors’ own helicopters so it’s kind of a big deal.
  • Remember last week when we reported that Meghan Markle made a surprise video call to a client of Smart Works? Well, the organization just provided us with an update, and, apparently, she got the position. The duchess must give one hell of a pep talk.
  • Kate Middleton just launched Hold Still, a photography initiative aiming to capture the feelings of U.K. citizens amid the current coronavirus pandemic. While discussing the new project on British daytime program This Morning, the duchess also opened up about homeschooling her kids and those now-famous portraits of Prince Louis.

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