Royal Family: Forgotten photo of young King Charles shows uncanny resemblance to Prince Harry and baby Archie – My London

A forgotten photo of young King Charles shows he shared an uncanny resemblance with son Prince Harry and grandson Archie as a baby.

As adults, the United Kingdom’s new King and his second son, the Duke of Sussex, have distinctly different physical appearances. However, an image unearthed from the archives reveals that the pair actually looked very similar as infants – and so did Harry’s son Archie.

The undated black-and-white photograph shows King Charles III alongside his parents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, and is a rare example of what the 73-year-old King looked like as a baby. In it, he is dressed in a white cotton gown with puffed sleeves and broderie anglaise trim, as was common for babies to wear in the 1940s.

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Undated picture showing the future Queen Elizabeth II of England and Prince Philip of Edinburgh posing with their son Prince Charles. (Photo by INTERCONTINENTALE / AFP) (Photo by -/INTERCONTINENTALE/AFP via Getty Images)
King Charles looked uncannily similar to Prince Harry as a baby in this undated photo with his beaming parents

He is held by the late Duke of Edinburgh, who faces the camera with a proud smile while dressed in a dark suit and tie along with a white shirt, his hair combed neatly. The Queen is wearing a neutral-coloured dress with 3/4 sleeves, accessorised with a string of pearls, bracelet, jewelled broach and rounded earrings.

The sweet family portrait also shows a young Charles furrowing his brow as he looks down at the necklace with curiosity and attempts to grab it with one of his hands. His mother Queen Elizabeth is beaming with a wide, toothy grin while out of the frame.

The former sovereign seemingly has her arm lifted over her chest to subtly pry the jewellery item from her baby son’s grasp. However, the image doesn’t just capture a surprisingly candid and happy moment for the young family – but also the resemblance the former Prince of Wales shared with family members.



Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997) on the royal yacht 'Britannia' with their sons William and Harry during a visit to Venice, Italy, April 1985. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)
Prince Harry looks the spitting image of baby Charles in a photo with his parents and older brother Prince William

The new King’s appearance in the old photo shows striking similarity to many of images of Prince Harry, 38, at a similar age, as well as to his grandson, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, now aged three. While Charles’ hair looks to have been darker than Harry and his son’s signature red, all three certainly shared the same full cheeks and curious expressions.

King Charles III was born on November 14 1948 as Charles Arthur Philip George Mountbatten-Windsor. His son Harry – full name Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor – was born with first wife Diana, Princess of Wales, on September 15 1984.

Prince Harry is fifth in line to the British throne. Before him in the line of succession are his older brother William, the heir apparent, and the three Cambridge children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.



CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie resembles his father and grandfather at roughly the same age

Harry’s own son Archie was born on May 6 2019 and is sixth in line for the crown. He also welcomed a daughter with wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in June 2021.

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