A seven-year-old boy from Devon has had his wish granted after writing to the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah asking for help.

Archie and his family - who are originally from Devon - live in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.

But, for the past month Archie's mum Jessica Fitzjohn has been stuck in the UK after travelling there to attend her father's funeral.

Archie's mum, Jessica, had to travel to the UK after her father passed away. Credit: Ras Al Khaimah Government Media Office

After arriving in the UK, the spread of coronavirus saw travel restrictions and bans came into place, meaning Jessica was unable to return back to her family.

In a bid to get his mother back home, Archie wrote to the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah asking for help, saying it had been "52 sleeps now that I have been apart from my mummy".

He said:

I feel so sad because I have never been apart for this long and all I dream and wish for is my mummy’s return and our family to be back together in Al Hamra Village.

Archie Appleyard
Archie reuniting with his mum at the airport. Credit: Ras Al Khaimah Government Media Office

After being moved by Archie's letter, His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi directed authorities to bring his mother safely home.

In the note, Archie recalled meeting H.H. Sheikh Saud with his classmates in 2019.

Archie said he was a “very kind, helpful sheikh”.

The Devon family were reunited in the United Arab Emirates. Credit: Ras Al Khaimah Government Media Office

As well as the letter, Archie enclosed a drawing which he titled 'the day my mummy comes back home to me'.

It showed Archie and his father Richard waiting for her arrival at the airport as her plane came in.

H.H. Sheikh Saud personally responded to Archie.

I remember meeting you and having a great day with you and your classmates. I understand you miss your mommy very much and I am very proud of you for being a brave boy. I hope bringing her home will make you smile.

His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi

Archie’s father, Richard, said they were 'forever thankful' and "absolutely overwhelmed to have received a handwritten letter from His Highness".

Archie and his dad Richard were there to greet Jessica as she arrived. Credit: Ras Al Khaimah Government Media Office

Archie was reunited with his mum Jessica on Wednesday before starting a 14 day quarantine.

I am so happy to have my mummy back, I can’t believe that this has happened and thank you so much to Sheikh Saud.

Archie Appleyard

Jessica added: "I can’t thank the Ruler enough for his kindness in organizing my return, I will be so ever grateful for this moment. Thank you very much to everyone involved."

Archie wrote to Sheikh Saud Al Qasimi to thank him for "making my dreams and wishes come true".

Archie's thank you letter to Sheikh Saud Al Qasimi. Credit: Ras Al Khaimah Government Media Office