Royal christening: How Meghan and Harry have upset fans
Content Editor / July 02 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will celebrate their son Archie Harrison christening this weekend.
The ceremony will take place in Queen Elizabeth II’s Windsor Castle chapel and is bound to be a very special day for the royal baby and his family.
However, royal fans are devastated because Harry and Meghan have decided to make the christening completely inaccessible to the public.
While Royal christenings are private affairs they are normally held in venues with public access so fans can see guests arrive and leave the church.
The christening parties of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s three children, George, 5, Charlotte, 4 and Louis, 1, were all eagerly watched by royal fans.
The fact that Archie’s christening will be held on palace grounds means there’s no opportunity for royal fans to see the new baby.
Many had hoped this would be the first time to see little Archie out and about with his parents. Apart from a brief photo call at the palace, the royal tot has not been seen.
Even the Duke and Duchesses Instagram page has been carefully curated, with images of the tot usually showing his face partially obscured.
It is believed just 25 guests will attend the service which will be hidden from public view at Windsor Castle. The Queen will not be in attendance at her great-grandson’s christening due to a prior royal engagement.
Official christening pictures, vetted by Harry and Meghan, will be released following the ceremony.
Duncan Larcombe, a former Royal editor at The Sun, claims that Harry and Meghan are suffering from “PR disasters week in week out.”
The couple have recently come under fire for the cost of the renovations on their new home, Frogmore Cottage, which allegedly cost UK taxpayers £2.4 million.
Royal author Penny Juror slammed the couple’s decision to keep the ceremony private calling it a “mistake.”
She told The Times: “They can’t have it both ways. Either they are totally private, pay for their own house and disappear out of view or play the game the way it is played.
“Seeing Archie and his godparents arriving at the christening is what people are interested in.”
Nicola Conville has worked as a journalist and editor for more than 20 years across a wide range of print and online publications. Her areas of expertise are parenting, health and travel. She has two children; Lucy, age eight, and Nathan, age five.