MEGHAN Markle is shutting out her family, including her dad, as she believes they will be a bad influence on baby Archie.
The Duchess of Sussex has instead grown close to Prince Charles, who she sees as a “positive influence”.
Baby Archie’s private christening is due to take place this week[/caption]
Meghan has turned to the Prince of Wales for support as a royal mum after her relationship with her own dad went up in flames over his tirades, reported The Mirror.
A source told The Mirror: “She sees Charles as a father figure.”
‘ONLY POSITIVE INFLUENCES’
As a result, Meghan is now refusing to let her family be a part of her life as she and Prince Harry get ready for Archie’s christening this week.
However Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland, 62, will be involved in the royal baby’s upbringing.
An insider told The Mirror how Meghan is determined to surround the child with only positive influences as he grows up.
Although Archie’s christening takes place this week, royal fans will not get to witness it after parents Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘demanded a private baptism’.
Despite funding the couple’s £40m wedding and the £2.4 million revamp of Frogmore cottage, taxpayers will be kept in the dark when it comes to the event.
The couple are determined to keep their son a “private citizen”, with sources confirming that they plan a media-free baptism.
Archie Harrison 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, Daily Mail reported.
LAVISH PRIVATE CHRISTENING
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 Middleton and Prince William.
But there’s one important person who won’t be there – the Queen. Prior commitments mean she’ll have to give it a miss.
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, and two-month-old Archie are expected to be joined by celebs including Elton John at the event.
The Sun last month reported that sources close to the Duchess’s estranged father Thomas Markle told TMZ that he has no plans to travel to London to meet baby Archie.
The 74-year-old said: “I can’t say whether I’m going to be invited.
“I can’t say if Meghan is going to say, ‘OK, enough is enough and, yes, I want my family back in my life.’”
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The sources added that Meghan’s dad believes that he has been unable to reconcile things with his daughter because she is in “cone of silence.”
Meghan has had no contact with Thomas since she wrote him a letter in August last year begging him to stop launching hurtful public attacks on her and the Royal Family.
The pair’s relationship collapsed after he gave a string of interviews where he divulged details of private conversations with Harry and his daughter.
The couple are determined to keep their son a ‘private citizen’, with sources confirming that they plan a media-free baptism[/caption]