Princess Diana’s older sister Lady Jane Fellowes was one of the first to meet baby Archie, giving yet another indication of Harry’s dedication to his mother’s side of the family.
According to The Telegraph, Lady Jane, 62, was one of the first to drop in to meet Baby Sussex last week, ahead of senior royals including Prince Charles, Camilla and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
It is believed more senior royals will meet Archie this week, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Appearing on Good Morning America today, royal commentator Omid Scobie said: ‘Archie’s first week at home with mum and dad was quiet, they wanted that personal space with their newborn.
‘This week it’s all about the visitors, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting tomorrow and the Prince of Wales visiting later this week.’
Prince Harry has made clear that Diana has been on his mind since the birth of his son, and poignantly included her family in Archie’s official birth announcement.
Prince Harry has remained particularly close to Princess Diana’s family since her death, and invited Lady Jane to give a reading at the royal wedding last May.
And he made sure that Diana’s sisters had met Meghan ahead of their engagement, with the Duchess of Sussex confirming how special they are to Harry in their engagement interview in November 2017.
At the time, she mentioned how important she found meeting Harry’s aunt, as well as Princess Diana’s close friend Julia Fellowes.
Meghan said: ‘I think in being able to meet his aunts, I’m able to, in some way, know a part of her through them and of course through him. And it’s – it’s incredibly special.’
And Prince Harry and Meghan have kept Princess Diana’s family closely involved with the birth of their child.
Archie’s birth statement noted how, alongside the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Diana’s siblings Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer were ‘delighted’ by the news.
This differs from the birth of Prince Louis in April 2018, when Prince William and Kate informed The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, along with ‘members of both families’.
And yesterday, the couple shared an adorable single image showing the newborn’s two tiny wriggling feet being gently held by the Duchess of Sussex’s hand, with forget-me-nots – Harry’s mother Princess Diana’s favourite flower – clearly visible in the background.
Forget-me-nots featured in Meghan’s bouquet on the couple’s wedding day, as a tribute to Harry’s late mother, who loved the small purple flowers.
The Duke of Sussex hand-picked several flowers from their private garden at Kensington Palace a day ahead of the wedding.
In a post for Mother’s Day, celebrated internationally yesterday, Meghan and Harry paid tribute to mothers ‘past, present and mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered.’
Harry was particularly close to his mother Diana, who tragically died on the 31 August 1997.
In interviews last year to mark the 20th anniversary of his mother’s death, Prince Harry admitted how bottling up his emotions made a devastating impact on his mental health.
He had, he confessed, been ‘very close’ to a complete mental breakdown on numerous occasions.
The turmoil over his emotions saw him endure two years of what he described as ‘total chaos’ before seeking professional counselling on the advice of Prince William.
He disclosed that he had only begun to address this grief when, at the age of 28, he had felt himself to be ‘on the verge of punching someone’ while also facing anxiety when carrying out official engagements.