While Archie Harrison grows up and plays on the grounds of their family home near Windsor Castle, mother Meghan Markle has the perfect opportunity to share her Californian roots with her son.
Two giant redwoods bloom in the gardens of nearby Frogmore House – the magnificent trees are synonymous with Meghan’s home state of California.
One of the redwoods is said to be over 160 years old, and another one close by was planted about 30 years ago, so it’s ready to take priority when the older one finally tumbles. (Apparently the addition of the second has given new life to the aging partner!) The intricate landscape is characteristic of the gardens of Frogmore – a short walk from where Meghan and Prince Harry and Archie have their home in Frogmore Cottage.
The couple’s large family home is on the edge of the park that visitors pass when the gardens are open every year for three charity days. Frogmore House was opened to the public on Tuesday to support the National Open Garden Scheme.
It is the first time that the beautiful gardens have been open to the public since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to their newly renovated Frogmore Cottage.
The redwoods are not the only memory of America on the grounds of Windsor. A little further – in the shadow of the mausoleum where Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert are buried – lies the grave of Wallis Simpson, or the Duchess of Windsor, the divorced American-born socialite who married King Edward VIII, forced him to give the throne after less than a year because his family and the government would not accept her.
The idyllic garden close to their house was closed to visitors. But the lake, where Harry and Meghan posed for some of their engagement photos, and Lady Gabriella Windsor and her wedding party stood for her wedding photos earlier this month, is a serene place that hundreds of tourists could enjoy on Tuesday.
The couple’s move to Windsor “is really very healthy,” an old friend told PEOPLE, noting that the rigid limitations of their previous residence at Kensington Palace might not be for everyone.
“It must be nice to leave and leave. Without neighbors who are all family or staff [at Kensington Palace], they will now have their own thing.”
A former staff member of the palace added: “It has the most amazing mulberry walk where we would pick mulberries for Prince Philip’s mulberry tree. And when the Queen is there on a Sunday afternoon, it is a five-minute walk up the hill for tea with grandma. It’s beautiful. “