Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Could Disappoint Fans by Sharing 'Arty' Photos from Archie's Private Christening
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may want to rethink any future plans to post "arty Instagram" shots of Archie for his christening, says one royal commentator.
One royal expert is publicly advising Prince Harry and Meghan Markle against sharing vague pictures of their newborn son Archie Harrison for the occasion of his christening.
Already the event will be a private one held at the Windsor Castle, reported the Daily Mail. The outlet also shared that expert Ingrid Seward, the editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, is against certain types of pictures.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sweetly look at their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle | Photo: Getty Images
You'll recall that on Mother's Day, Markle decided to post a photo of Archie's adorable feet as she held him in a white blanket. This is the type of "stylised" photo that Seward is referring to.
"They won't want an arty Instagram shot of Archie's foot three days later if it's left up to the couple themselves to take pictures and release them."
Seward warned that the picture could leave people a "bit jaded," and the couple should stick to the more traditional portraits that include "lovely family images of the baby in the royal Honiton lace christening gown."
"People just want to see Harry, Meghan, the baby and the gown and the godparents, that's all. It's traditional. But there's nothing wrong with a bit of traditional when it comes to a royal baby."
The identities of Archie's godparents have yet to be disclosed. However, the outlet reported that 25 guests are expected to attend the event and that it will take place in the "inner sanctum" of the Windsor Castle.
Seward also claimed that Harry is the one leading the issuance of the "stylized" shots and this has put Markle in "a very difficult position." Because she is still new in the household, she's getting the backlash.
The royal expert said the criticism is unfair. She also figured it would be no big deal to have the world see little Archie. "I don't think it is any skin off their nose," she insisted.
Meanwhile, Luke Pollard, a Labour Party Member of Parliament, has other reasons that the royal couple should show off baby Archie. According to him, they simply don't have much of a choice.
He explained: "If they want public money for their home it's hard to deny the public interest in the next generation of the royals." So while Prince William and Kate Middleton were allowed some privacy for Louis' christening just last year, apparently the Sussexes should not have that liberty.
According to the Daily Mail, the cost of the christening is upwards of $3 million — and taxpayers are covering it. It was no surprise then when they reacted on Sunday evening in anger.
Many also believed that taxpayers' money was used in the renovation of Harry and Markle's new home at Frogmore cottage. Thus, a few media personalities described it as hypocrisy to keep the christening private.
Piers Morgan said the couple only uses the press "when it suits them," while royal correspondent Rebecca English suggested they make the arrivals area public so photographs can be taken. Official pictures would be released at a later point.
Of course, some royal fans hit back by pointing to the ongoing criticism of the popular couple. One person asked if they had "any humanity left" considering the negativity the press has previously put out there.
The christening will take place in early July and in attendance will be Princes Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Queen has a prior engagement and is not expected to attend.