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Harry and Meghan share details of life with six-month-old Archie

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met families from the the Welsh Guards, Coldstream Guards and Household Cavalry when they visited a coffee morning.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared details about life with baby son Archie – telling a group of military families he is beginning to crawl and has his first two teeth.

Harry also praised those who maintain a home life while their partner is away on operations and sympathised with service personnel missing out on their child’s development while serving abroad.

The royal couple met families from the Welsh Guards, Coldstream Guards and Household Cavalry on Wednesday when they visited a regular coffee morning at Windsor’s Broom Farm Community Centre, located in the heart of an Army housing estate.

The Duchess of Sussex high fives a delighted toddler
The Duchess of Sussex high fives a delighted toddler (PA/MoD)

Harry, who served for 10 years as an Army officer, said he was in awe of military families holding it together back home, saying: “It’s unbelievably hard. I have so much respect and admiration for anyone who has to deal with that.”

The Sussexes took Archie to southern Africa last month for their first official tour as a family and the duke empathised with service personnel who are away from their children.

Harry with Poppy Dean
Harry with Poppy Dean (PA/MoD)

Meghan chatted to parents about her son, who is six months old on Thursday, and shared stories about his development with Amy Thompson, whose husband Brad is attached to the Welsh Guards.

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Ms Thompson said: “My daughter Aeris is the same age as Archie and we talked about weaning and the children beginning to crawl – she’s just a normal mum and it was like talking to a friend.”

Meghan chats with a mother
Meghan chats with a mother (PA/MoD)

The duchess chatted to one toddler, who was clutching a rose for her, and told her: “Yes. Look at all your good teeth.”

She added: “Archie just got two teeth. Two tiny ones, right there,” pointing to the middle of her own bottom row.

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The youngster, dressed in a grey pinafore and red cardigan, was seen presenting a delighted Harry with a cake, while Meghan looked on smiling, as she held a pink toy tea cup.

The duchess also bent down to chat to the youngster, and received a cake in return.

She high-fived a toddler in the bustling centre, which was filled with the chatter of children and their accompanying families.

Meghan and Poppy
Poppy Dean giving a cake to Meghan (Sgt Paul Randall/MoD/PA)

Ms Smith added: “We had a party when Harry and Meghan got married and we’ve followed their story ever since, so it was an amazing experience for Molly to shake hands with them. It’s really special and a lovely boost for the whole community.”

Coldstream Guards welfare officer Captain Colin Lewis said the visit was a welcome tonic after a tough 18 months.

The Sussexes in the centre
The Sussexes speaking to members of the families of serving soldiers (Sgt Paul Randall/MoD/PA)

“It’s great for the duke and duchess to take the time to truly understand the challenges they face.

“They are very down to earth and they’ve had a snapshot of the entire community here by talking to lots of people from different backgrounds.”

Harry playing with a toddler
The duke had fun playing with children from the families (Sgt Paul Randall/MoD)

Helen Llewelyn-Usher, wife of Welsh Guards Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Henry Llewelyn-Usher, said the visit will help families to make new friends.

She said: “It’s amazing that Harry and Meghan found time to fit this in to their busy schedule – they shook hands with every single person. It brought together lots of people and now they will always have this amazing memory in common.”

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