While grandpa Charles celebrated his coronation in London on May 6th, little Archie received a very special birthday present.
The Coronation of King Charles III. (74) and Queen Camilla (75) on May 6th in London was an event of the century for royal fans around the world. Little Archie (4) must have had something else in mind that day: the son of Prince Harry (38) and Duchess Meghan (41) celebrated his fourth birthday that day – and received a very special gift. His first bike. Not an unusual gift for a four-year-old – but it triggered a wave of unwelcome reactions. But first things first:
The great present didn’t come from mum and dad, but from a bike shop in Montecito, California. Harry also lives there with his wife, son and daughter Lilibet (2).
A “lovely surprise” for Archie and the whole family
Her British partner spontaneously came up with the idea of giving the little royal a bike, as the shop’s owner, Jennifer Blevins, tells “People” magazine. Martin, as he is called, picked out a children’s bike with training wheels and brought it to the royal mansion with some balloons, a card and flowers for Meghan. Due to security measures, however, he was unable to present the gift in person.
Still, the bike apparently reached Archie, as the store reveals on its Instagram account. An employee from the Sussexes’ office thanked Harry and Meghan for the birthday present in a letter. “The bike was a lot of fun,” it says, among other things. The couple personally requested that they be grateful for “the lovely surprise.” And the story could have ended here, but Jennifer Blevins’ People interview and her Instagram post triggered violent reactions online.
Death threats over gift for Archie
“I told the story to People magazine who published it a few hours ago. It’s a really sweet story. But honestly I can’t believe I’m getting so many negative reactions. Hundreds of messages from trolls , robots and humans, death threats via email… and now people are trying to destroy my business by leaving false negative reviews,” the seller tells the French “gala”. He now regrets making his gesture to Archie public. “It’s so sad to see how toxic and hateful people can be. I can’t understand it. I probably should never have shared this letter.”