Last week, Archie, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, turned one in a celebration we all know happened in California at Tyler Perry’s illustrious $18 million Tuscan-style villa, but until now we knew few of the actual details.
Now the inner workings of the day have been revealed. The Duchess of Sussex – who ‘loves to get creative in the kitchen’ – rustled up a strawberry and cream smash cake while Prince Harry decorated their LA mansion with balloons, a source told People magazine.
The source explained how the couple created a ‘really simple but incredibly joyous’ celebration for their son, with the family of three taking time to video call and chat with his godparents and family and play with the dogs.
What is a smash cake UK readers might wonder? It’s a cake that has been popular in the US for sometime now, and is a cake made exclusively for the birthday guest of honour, that they are let loose to dig into with their hands.
By all accounts it’s often a very messy exercise but the photographs it creates are ideal first birthday footage and certainly album worthy.
Harry, Meghan and Archie celebrated the day as a three, accompanied by Meghan’s two dogs. The source added that Archie is ‘best friends with the dogs,’ saying: ‘They make him laugh and are gentle with him’.
The day was also spent calling friends, family and godparents across the pond including Charlie van Straubenzee, Prince Harry's childhood friend, Tiggy Pettifer, Prince Harry and William's former nanny, and Mark Dyer, his minder.
The godparents were relatively unknown figures among a star-studded pool of candidates to fill the role that spanned Serena Williams, Misha Nonoo and Jessica Mulroney.
Royal expert Kate Nicholl had previously claimed that Harry and Meghan planned to treat Archie to an ‘organic, sugar-free cake’ followed by a splash around in their pool and a video call with the Cambridge children as part of his birthday celebrations – so a smash cake comes as a welcome, rather fun surprise.