Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son Archie was the lucky recipient of a £300 bike from his local bike shop for his fourth birthday last month.
The Riprock Coaster 16, which has an RRP of £339, was left at the gates of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Montecito home by the British-born owner of the nearby Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop.
Shop owner Jennifer Blevins told People Magazine that her husband Martin, spontaneously decided to give Archie a special birthday gift. A hot pink kids' bike with stablisers.
"He went and he got one of our little Specialized kids' bikes," Jennifer said. "They're really nice little bikes, and he's like, ‘This one's perfect, it's got training wheels'
"And so he went and got some birthday balloons, and he got some flowers for Meghan and a birthday card, and he said, ‘Okay, I'm gonna bike over and take it to their house.' "
Security guards on the gate asked Martin if he had an invitation, but he explained that he was just "a British business in town that wanted to give Archie a gift”.
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Jennifer added that she hoped the bike would in due course be passed on to Archie’s sister, Princess Lilibet.
“His little sister Lili can enjoy it too as she grows — it'll be one that both of them like,” she said.
A few weeks later, Jennifer got her own surprise: a personal note from one of the Duke and Duchess’s assistants thanking them for the thoughtful gift.
“A courier came by our little shop on Coast Village Road, and he dropped off that letter,” she said.
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“It was so thoughtful because, you know, they took the time to write something personal and not just a generic thank you,” Jennifer added.
The letter from Harrison Colcord at the Office of Prince Harry and Meghan was posted to the bike shop's Instagram.
It read: “On behalf of Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, please accept their sincere thanks for the thoughtful gift you sent to Prince Archie for his fourth birthday. The bike has brought much joy, and is most appreciated by the family. They asked that I convey their gratitude at the lovely surprise.”
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