A "working class prince" has finally got to use his bespoke sledge originally made for Royal baby Archie.

Archie, three, who shares the name with the real prince was given the sledge last summer by County Durham craftsman Malcolm Rolling, who has also made sledges for future King Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

He had hoped to get his creation to Harry and Meghan, but was unable to do so after their move across the pond.

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So the sledge remained gathering dust in his garage in Carrville, Durham, as he looked for another lucky recipient with the name Archie.

Step forward mum Rachel Sweeney, whose son was named Archie before the birth of the Royal.

Rachel, said: "This is the snow we have had since he got the sledge last summer. Archie was really hoping for some snow at Christmas, but it stayed in the garage, unfortunately.The Northern Echo: Malcolm Rolling and Archie Malcolm Rolling and Archie (Image: Picture: Rachel Sweeney)

"He has just played with it on the hill at Plawsworth Hall Apartments in Durham. It was wonderful. It was just lovely to see Archie and Kaitlyn, his little best friend enjoying themselves because his sledge had been just hanging up in our garage in Meadowfield.

"We are just really grateful for it because it's such a special item to have. Even though it has his name on it's definitely something we'll pass through the family."

Rachel, who is a broadcast journalist with experience at ITV News, GMB, GBN and C4, is now film and content director at the Newcastle-based Gardiner Richardson.

She said earlier: "On May 8 2019, I was nine months pregnant, extremely hormonal and stuck in bed when a ‘breaking news’ alert pinged on my phone.The Northern Echo:

“Harry and Meghan had named their baby Archie. I burst into tears.

“I had given my son the same name just after our gender scan at 12 weeks. ARCHIE was embroidered onto his clothes and blankets – AND I had just had a massive mural of his name painted on his nursery wall.”

Rachel and husband Chris Kitching had briefly discussed changing his name when the news broke.

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But, Rachel added: “My baby was due any day and I had been singing to him, talking to him, loving MY Archie. I couldn’t change it now. It was his name.”The Northern Echo:

“As the months passed by, my little working class prince developed a personality and shook off this royal connection to his namesake."

Malcolm has made hundreds of sledges for children in his garage at his home in Carrville, Durham.

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A former chief technician at Durham University, where he worked for 47 years, Mr Rolling started making the sledges following a request from a neighbour.

Mr Rolling, started making sledges nine years ago to keep himself fit and busy and has since made more than 1,070 of them, raising thousands of pounds for charity.