The couple welcomed Archie on May 6.
Katie Nicholl wrote The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown. She offers fresh details about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Prince Harry apparently wanted Archie’s birth to be a secret.
Katie Nicholl’s book claims Harry was “morbidly preoccupied” with hiding Archie’s birth. Prince Harry’s demand for privacy allegedly breached “an unwritten contract between the royals and the public” since the public expected to know everything about Meghan Markle’s baby as soon as she gave birth. Rebecca English, royal editor of the Daily Mail, claimed, “Behind the scenes, things were so strained that more than one official cried out of anger and despair.”
Katie believes the Sussexes sought to amend royal infant delivery norms. Harry confused the media about Archie’s birth on May 6, 2019: “Harry loves beating the media. “Even before the palace acknowledged the duchess was in labour, Harry and Meghan were thrilled their son was born safely in London’s exclusive Portland Hospital.” Two days after delivering Archie, now 3, Harry and Meghan Markle were interviewed and photographed “With pre-approved questions, one reporter, and one photographer, it seemed like a spectacle. “It demonstrated how far apart Harry’s desires and his abilities were.” Harry and Meghan also kept Archie’s godparents hidden for his baptism.
Katie said that Harry and Meghan’s request for privacy was a double-edged sword because they “served an ace” and “pulled another page out of the royal playbook,” but they also hurt the relationship between the Crown and “the press, the broadcasters, and by extension, the people,” who felt tricked.
When a royal baby is born, the parents, infant, and paparazzi pose on the hospital stairs. New parents answer additional questions and depart. This was obvious when Prince William and Kate Middleton had their three children, George, 9, Charlotte, 7, and Louis, 4. Kate Middleton claimed postpartum photoshoots were difficult. The Princess of Wales “acquiesced” because “she will be queen one day and the mother of a king.”