Daddy’s help­ing hand

Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex delight their 8.5m fol­low­ers with lat­est pic­ture of their baby son

The Daily Telegraph - - Front Page - By Hannah Fur­ness ROYAL COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex have re­leased a pho­to­graph of their son Archie on In­sta­gram to mark Father’s Day. The sepia-tinted im­age of the baby in his father’s hands is the first the cou­ple have re­leased in which their Archie’s eyes are vis­i­ble

HE IS just six weeks old and grow­ing fast. Yes­ter­day, the wide eyes of Archie Mount­bat­ten-wind­sor were seen by the pub­lic for the first time, as his proud par­ents shared his sepia-toned pho­to­graph on In­sta­gram in cel­e­bra­tion of Father’s Day.

The Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex’s In­sta­gram pic­ture showed half of their baby boy’s face while his tiny hand clasped his father’s fin­ger.

With the Duke’s wedding ring tak­ing cen­tre stage, the proud par­ents ap­pear to be aim­ing to main­tain a mod­icum of pri­vacy by keep­ing the bot­tom half of Archie’s face cov­ered in the im­age shared with their 8.5mil­lion fol­low­ers.

Fans re­marked on the baby’s like­ness to both of his par­ents, although the In­sta­gram fil­ter of­fered no clues as to the colour of his hair as he nes­tled in his father’s arms.

The fam­ily are cel­e­brat­ing their first Father’s Day now set­tled at their new home in Frog­more Cot­tage, Wind­sor.

It is the clear­est im­age fans have seen yet of the sev­enth-in-line to the throne, who was fast asleep when he ap­peared in front of cam­eras wrapped in a blan­ket as a new­born. This time, he is dressed in a baby­grow, which looks to be dec­o­rated with chicks, with the sleeves rolled up to fit him.

The pic­ture’s cap­tion read: “Happy Father’s Day! And wish­ing a very spe­cial first Father’s Day to the Duke of Sus­sex.” The mes­sage was markedly dif­fer­ent to the In­sta­gram post shared on the US’S Mother’s Day, May 12, which in­cluded a pho­to­graph of Archie’s feet be­ing cra­dled by the Los An­ge­les-born Duchess.

It was cap­tioned: “Pay­ing trib­ute to all moth­ers to­day, past, present, moth­ers-to-be, and those lost but for­ever re­mem­bered. We hon­our and cel­e­brate each and ev­ery one of you.” The mes­sage was widely in­ter­preted as re­fer­ring to Diana, Princess of Wales, with her favourite flower, for­get-me-not in the pic­ture. The Duchess’s mother, Doria, also fea­tured. The Sus­sexes’ Father’s Day post, in con­trast, men­tioned only the Duke, rather than in­clud­ing the Prince of Wales, or Thomas Markle, the Duchess’s es­tranged father.

The pho­to­graph sent ad­mir­ers of the Sus­sexes into over­drive, win­ning a mil­lion “likes” in around three hours. They will soon be of­fered an­other glimpse of Archie, with his chris­ten­ing early next month at St Ge­orge’s Chapel, Wind­sor Cas­tle.

Then, the Duke and Duchess will fol­low tra­di­tion by dress­ing Archie in a replica of the Honi­ton lace chris­ten­ing gown dat­ing back to Queen Vic­to­ria, with a cer­e­mony con­ducted by the Dean of Wind­sor and Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury, The Sun­day Times re­ported.

The Queen is ex­pected to miss the chris­ten­ing due to a di­ary clash, with the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Corn­wall and Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge set to at­tend. Kens­ing­ton Palace posted a sim­ple “happy Father’s Day” mes­sage with old pho­to­graphs of the Duke of Cam­bridge with his chil­dren and his father. One im­age showed the Duke hold­ing son Prince Louis on a swing.

The pic­ture of Archie at­tracted more than a mil­lion ‘likes’ in three hours. Glimpses of him have been rare since the Duke and Duchess’s ap­pear­ance shortly af­ter his birth, be­low

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