This unexpected British TV show is Archie's favourite cartoon - and we're sure Prince Harry loves it too

Friend of Harry's, JJ Chalmers, revealed the details about Archie's favourite show

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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We love this sweet detail - about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's son Archie, that despite growing up in California, he still loves British cartoons. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who was spotted in Wyoming for the 4th July parade earlier this month, with Archie in tow, are very private when they come to their children. So this adorable detail, that Archie is a big fan of a British children's show, will make royal fans go wild.

The Octonouts, a cartoon, with British voices, follows a group of animals, which live under the sea and go on various adventures.


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JJ Chalmers, who served with Prince Harry in the military, and is a medalist in the Duke's Invictus games, revealed the cute news to the Daily Express.

He said about his relationship with Prince Harry, who recently said he sees Princess Diana's legacy in his children, "In some ways, we’ve grown up together. When we first met, we were both young lads in the military."

Chalmers, who is now a TV personality, after surviving a bomb blast while in  Afghanistan, serving as a Royal Marine, went on to say, “It’s been pretty lovely to move into the next stage of our life – marriage, kids – together. Now that we both have kids, we just do dad chat.

He then revealed, “I know that Archie loves The Octonauts and my son James loves it, too. The kids are a similar age and have similar interests.”

The cartoon, which has been running since 2010, originally aired on CBeebies, the BBC's children's channel, but has recently been taken over by a Canadian channel and is being aired on Netflix - which means it's easier for little Archie to watch.

The characters include Barnacles, the show's polar bear captain, Kwazii, a cockney cat, who used to be a pirate and Peso, a brave penguin. We can just imagine Harry and Meghan sitting down to watch it with Archie. 

Archie Mountbatten turned three in May, however, it was the first pictures of Lilibet Diana, on her first birthday, which had Prince Harry fans seeing double. In the adorable photo, shown on Instagram last month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's second child can be seen sitting on a patch of grass and smiling away from the camera. 

And royal fans were quick to point out the physical similarities between Lili and Prince Harry as a baby, with many taking to Twitter to point out the resemblance. 

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