The desire of 39-year-old Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to do things differently became clear soon after their royal wedding. However, the modernizing royal couple’s desire to break away from what they believed were outdated customs seemed to consolidate further after the birth of their son Archie Harrison on May 6, 2019.
Meghan and Harry dodged the traditional photocall on the hospital steps and waited two days before giving Archie his public debut.
They also kept their son’s name secret until they introduced him to Queen Elizabeth II.
The issue of Archie’s very private baptism on 6 July 2019 sparked public backlash at the time as the Sussexes’ offer to keep the pivotal event under wraps coincided with the revelation that they had spent £ 2.4m. of taxpayers̵
While it’s not unusual for royal baptisms to be private, Harry’s brother Prince William had granted the public limited access to all three of his children’s special days.
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The crowd was able to see the Cambridge children arrive at church with their parents before baptism.
Meghan and Harry’s decision to have Archie baptized in the private chapel of Windsor Castle did not set a new royal precedent: Sophie, the Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward’s children had been baptized in the same place years earlier.
However, Sussex’s decision to keep the identity of Archie’s godparents secret was a royal first.
In his new book, Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult, royal biographer and historian Robert Lacey hinted at why this decision may have put the queen in a difficult decision.
The announcement of the Buckingham Palace statement on Archie’s baptism read: “Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be baptized in a small private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the private chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday 6 July.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to sharing some images taken that day by photographer Chris Allerton.
“The [names of the] godparents, in line with their wishes will remain private. “
Commenting on the unusual move, Mr. Lacey writes: “Confirming the announcement of the palace, the Sussex Royal Office made it clear that the whole” sponsor “issue was non-negotiable.
“The names of the godparents would not have been revealed.
“‘I’ve covered five or six baptisms in my royal career,’ ‘Majesty magazine editor Ingrid Seward commented on the Today program.
“And I’ve never encountered such secrecy.”
Meghan Markle and Harry moved to the United States with Archie in March.
The Sussex family now live in the California neighborhood of Montecito, Santa Barbara, and are expected to stay there for the foreseeable future.
As Archie is raised as a private citizen, he will automatically become a prince upon the ascension to the throne of his grandfather, Prince Charles.