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Meghan Markle snub: How Meghan will keep Archie from ‘intrusive’ fans

MEGHAN MARKLE’S son Archie Harrison was christened on Saturday, July 6, but the event sparked fury among fans after the ceremony was kept private. Here’s how the Duchess of Sussex will keep Archie from “intrusive” fans.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the son of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, was christened at Windsor Castle on Saturday, July 6. The intimate ceremony of the seventh in line to the throne was kept private apart from two official pictures released from the baptism, royal well-wishers were kept out of the loop. The extensive privacy regime the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have organised for Archie has left many disappointed, but a royal expert has now revealed why they are so determined to keep him out of the spotlight.

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Royal author Richard Fitzwilliams said it is undoubtedly Meghan and Harry’s intention “to bring Archie up in as normal a way as possible”.

Mr Fitzwilliam said: “Every young royal has the right to privacy when growing up.

“It is undoubtedly their intention to bring Archie up in as normal a way as possible and it is essential that they be aided in this endeavour.

“The arrangement has been that in exchange for an occasional photo on birthdays on special occasions they will be left alone and this is obviously likely to continue. Frogmore Cottage is totally secure.

“Harry and Meghan have shown since Archie’s birth that they are determined to have total privacy and this will make their relations with the press challenging.”

The decision to keep Archie completely out of the spotlight has led to questions about visibility from the Royal Family.

The previous understandings about public access to royal events appear to have been abandoned by Meghan and Prince Harry – who are determined to do things their own way.

The royal expert continued: “It’s one thing facing abuse from vile social media trolls and the vitriol of caustic commentators, quite another to alienate royal watchers and royal correspondents as they have with their handling of the christening.

“Their Southern Africa trip has the hall marks of a huge success of the kind they are increasingly likely to aim for.

“The United States is another likely destination for obvious reasons. This will highlight the international reach of the Sussex brand.

“Balancing access and privacy is often extremely tricky and it certainly looks as though it will be for Archie.

“He is seventh in line to the throne and may well be a role model for many in future years.”

With an upcoming tour to South Africa in the autumn, fans may be hoping to see some more of the Queen’s youngest great-grandson.

Harry’s late mother Princess Diana, as well as his brother Prince William both took their oldest children on tour when young, proving a huge success.

“Since their handling of Archie’s birth and christening has been so different to William and Kate’s one must wonder whether they will offer the same sort of access on tour which was such a huge success with William when nine months old and George who was eight, both in the Antipodes and which is manna to the international media but which Harry and Meghan might find too intrusive.

“Will they, for example, gave special staged photo opportunities for him?

“They are without doubt doing things differently and doing things their way.

“Their intention is also to help others inspired by Diana whose tragic death so affected Harry.”

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