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Royal babies don’t come cheap: The crazy cost of Harry and Meghan's newborn Archie

Royal babies don’t come cheap: The crazy cost of Harry and Meghan's newborn Archie

He is less than a week old, but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex seemed to have already spent quite a bit in preparation for their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.  

This large tab is estimated to  be a staggering $1.7 million, as reported by 9Honey.

It may not come as a surprise to any of us who have been parents that welcoming a tiny tot into the world can come at a ridiculously hefty fee, and the world’s favourite new royal parents seem to know all about that as well.

Here is a quick breakdown of all the costs of baby Archie so far.

Meghan’s designer maternity wardrobe

The Duchess of Sussex has had a very busy year-and-a-half as a full-time royal member. In that time, she has amassed a large collection of designer items to match a princess-like lifestyle – or duchess in Meghan’s case.

According to Love the Sales, the glowing new mother’s maternity wardrobe had an estimated price tag of AUD$717,000.

It’s not hard to believe though, considering we see the 37-year-old royal member donning the most expensive brands including Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Dior and Victoria Beckham.

The Duchess has shown she’s not just into designer items though, as she is often seen in budget-friendly items from fast fashion chain H&M when attending public events.

Extravagant baby shower

The former actress and Hollywood starlet has not forgotten where she came from even though she’s jumped across the pond to live with her prince. Duchess Meghan had a celebrity-clad baby shower in New York City in March. The tradition cost a staggering AUD$573,000, as reported by Vanity Fair.

The guest list did match the hefty price tag though, with A-listers like Amal Clooney, Serena Williams and a number of other celebs gracing the event with their presence.

Luxury babymoon

According to The Sun’s royal reporter Emily Andrews, both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a few romantic nights away from the hustle and bustle of royal life and jumped on the “babymoon” bandwagon before they welcomed baby Archie into the world.

Reports confirmed the couple chose a luxurious countryside-looking palace at Heckfield Place – a five-star hotel in Hampshire, UK.

The intimate holiday filled with romantic walks, cosy fire-lit dinners and luxury pampering doesn’t come cheap though, as a three-night stay costs roughly AUD$60,000.

Baby nursery renovation

At the end of 2018, the royal family announced Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan would be moving from their comfortable apartment in Kensington Palace in London to Frogmore Cottage on the grounds of the Windsor Estate.

Royal insiders confirmed the couple spent a whopping $93,000 on renovating just the nursery for baby Archie.

Whatever the cost though, it all seems to be worth it to the glowing first-time royal parents who have said their newest arrival is “to die for.”

“It’s magic. It’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world, so I’m really happy,” Meghan said about her tiny tot.

“He has the sweetest temperament,” she went on to say. “He’s really calm.”

Harry then cheekily added: “I don’t know where he gets that from!”

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was welcomed to the world on May 6th, 2019.