Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced they are retiring from royal duties to spend more time in North America – fuelling speculation they are poised to raise Archie in Canada where they recently returned from holiday.
Since their wedding back in 2018, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have constantly broke with royal tradition in a clear signal they intended to forge their own lifestyle.
This has been particularly noticeable with regards to Archie, who they have deliberately kept out of the spotlight to give him a ‘normal’ upbringing.
In tonight’s shock statement on Instagram, the couple said: ‘This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter.’
Uprooting from the UK across the Atlantic will impact greatly on their seven-month-old son who could be schooled in Canada.
If so, it will mark a departure from the the history of Royals attending grand British public schools – Princes Harry and William both attended Eton College.
The family spent Christmas in Canada and Harry posed for a picture with his little boy Archie, who the couple have said they will raise with a respect for the tradition into which he was born
Since their wedding back in 2018, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have constantly broke with royal tradition in a clear signal they intended to forge their own lifestyle. This has been particularly true in the raising of their son Archie
Although Harry and Meghan have made a point of doing things differently and have vowed to become ‘financially independent’, it is likely Archie will follow in the footsteps of most of the Family in attending private school.
Canada boasts 91 independent schools, including Lakefield College School which bills itself as ‘the best day and boarding’ establishment in the country and is steeped in Royal history.
The Ontario school, which charges eye-watering fees of up to £41,000, was attended by Archie’s great-uncle Prince Andrew in 1978 and Prince Philip visited in 1969 to present Duke of Edinburgh awards.
The Duke of York is patron of the school’s charity, and family ties could make it an attractive option for the Sussexes to send their son.
When Archie starts school will depend on which state the couple decide to settle in, as education powers are decentralised from federal government.
Most children begin primary school aged six, but some start aged five or seven and education is compulsory until at least 16.
Like the UK, the school year begins in September and ends in June to break for the summer holidays.
Uprooting from the UK across the Atlantic will impact greatly on the couple’s seven-month-old son (pictured as a newborn in May) who could be schooled in Canada
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released this statement this evening announcing that they will be quitting as senior Royals
A typical day in a primary school will run from 8.30am to 3.30pm, while it is not uncommon for high schools to finish earlier at 2.30pm.
Immunisation against disease is compulsory before starting school, and Archie will need injections.
Archie will also likely participate in Canadian sports, which are markedly different from those favoured in Britain.
While some events are popular in both countries – football (soccer), tennis and cycling – activities such as skiing, ice hockey, volleyball and baseball are ranked among the country’s main sports.
He is also unlikely to befriend another ‘Archie’ in the playground or on the sports pitch, as the name is not very popular among Canadians.
Of the three provinces with make baby name databases public, British Columbia had just five newborns named Archie in 2018, while Alberta and Quebec had two and zero, respectively.