A ROYAL commentator has claimed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “can’t demand privacy” for their son Archie “while asking the public to fund their family’s lifestyle”.
Fans won’t get to witness Archie’s christening next weekend, despite taxpayers funding a £2.4 million revamp of their home Frogmore Cottage.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Celia Walden says that Prince Harry’s “tricky balancing act” of attempting to combine a private life with his royal duties “has looked increasingly precarious of late”.
She adds that the “coy yet calculated refusal to show more than a few square inches of baby Archie’s face or foot since his birth” has “amped up” public interest.
Celia continues: “But when sources confirmed at the weekend that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were to keep their son’s baptism private, the balance tipped firmly in their disfavour.
“The decision was variously blasted a ‘public snub’ and a ‘slap in the face’, with some raging ‘you can’t have your cake and eat it’.”
The couple are determined to keep their son a “private citizen”, with sources confirming that they plan a media-free baptism.
Archie is set to be christened at the Queen’s private chapel inside Windsor Castle, away from the press and public.
Photographs will then be released afterwards to the media and through the couple’s Instagram page and other social media channels.
The service will only be witnessed by around 25 guests, including Meghan and Harry’s choice of godparents, the Daily Mail reports.
In comparison, Prince William and Kate Middleton invited the media to the christening of all three of their children, keeping only the ceremonies private.
Archie – who was born on May 6 – will be two months old when he’s doused from the lily font with water from the River Jordan.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are said to be leading the party, alongside Kate and Wills.
But there’s one important person who won’t be there – the Queen. Prior commitments mean she’ll have to give it a miss.
This isn’t the first time the Queen has skipped a great-grandchild’s baptism.
While she attended Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s christenings, she wasn’t able to attend Prince Louis’ last year.
Archie’s baptism is thought to be following in royal tradition, with the tot wearing a replica of the Honiton lace gown.
The original piece was commissioned by Queen Victoria for the christening of her first child Princess Victoria in 1841.
It was worn by 62 royal babies – including Harry and William, 36 – but a replica was made after the Queen decided it had become too fragile.
The service is expected to be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, the Rev David Conner and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Harry, 34, Meghan, 37, are said to have invited celebs including Elton John.
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Meghan “is getting all the flak” for Archie’s private christening but the decision is “led by Prince Harry”, Ingrid Seward claims.
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