Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have revealed the gift given to Prince Archie for his fourth birthday on May 6.
The baby prince celebrated the occasion with his mother, Meghan Markle, and sister, Princess Lilibet, at their residence in California. Unfortunately, Prince Harry was unable to attend due to his father’s Coronation in the United Kingdom.
However, his journey was brief, with the Duke quickly returning home to ensure he didn’t miss the entire celebration.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were given a brand new bike for their eldest child, and the generosity of the local bike store was not overlooked.
The owners of Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop in Montecito, California, revealed the wonderful note they received in return from the royals on Instagram.
“On behalf of Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke, and Duchess of Sussex, please accept their heartfelt gratitude for the thoughtful gift you sent to Prince Archie for his fourth birthday,” the letter reads, as displayed on the bike shop’s Instagram.
“The bike has brought much joy to the family and is greatly appreciated.” They requested that I express their appreciation for the pleasant surprise.”
Harrison Colcord wrote the touching message on Harry and Meghan’s behalf.
According to an image uploaded on the shop’s Instagram, the bike, which had stabilizers, was specialized and appeared to be a dark pink color.
Archie also got three birthday balloons and a patriotic Union Jack flag.
“We really hope he enjoys it,” the store said on May 7, the day following Archie’s birthday. “When his little sister grows up, she can ride as well.”
The fact that shop owner Jennifer Blevins and her husband Martin didn’t demand anything in return for gifting Archie a costly specialized kids’ bike made the ordeal even more meaningful.
“He went and got one of our little specialized kids’ bikes — they’re really nice little bikes — and he’s like, ‘This one’s perfect, it’s got training wheels,’ Blevins said. “And so he went and got some birthday balloons, flowers for Meghan, and a birthday card, and he said, ‘Okay, I’m gonna bike over and take it to their house.'”
When Martin arrived at Harry and Meghan’s opulent $15 million Montecito home, security guards approached him and inquired if he had been invited by the royals.
“He said, ‘I’m just a British business in town that wanted to give Archie a gift,'” Jennifer explained.
“A courier dropped off that letter at our little shop on Coast Village Road.”
Jennifer joked that the courier was delivering a thank-you message from the royals.
“I wasn’t prepared for that. “I had no idea,” she answered, surprised. “It was very thoughtful because, you know, they took the time to write something personal and not just a generic thank you.”
Jennifer went on to say that “every celebrity in town” had bought bikes from their shop, but “none of them sent a thank you letter.”