Piers Morgan Criticized Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for Choosing a Private Christening for Baby Archie
Piers Morgan thinks that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are having their cake and eating it when it comes to using the press for their benefit.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are on the receiving end of heavy backlash online and on-air following the report that they spent upwards of $3 million to refurbish their new home, Frogmore Cottage — and that they did it using taxpayers' money.
The couple has long been under the spotlight, more so since giving birth to Archie Harrison on May 6. As Archie's christening is coming up on July 6, the public became upset when it emerged that the matter will be a private affair.
I cant see why Meghan and Harry should expect us to pay for their house renovations and then be so precious about their privacy! I think blocking press from the Christening is a bit churlish, not like Harry at all!! Hmm... 🤔 #GMB— Fi ☃️❄☃️ (@Fibutton) July 1, 2019
Speaking on "Good Morning Britain" on Monday, Morgan expressed his exasperation with the way the royal couple has been using the media. "On the one hand they want privacy ... on the other, they want their cake and eat it," he said. The video is found below.
According to the longtime broadcaster, the pair will want the press for things like their May 2018 wedding because "it's great for brand 'Meghan and Harry.' " He insisted, however, that "you can't turn that tap on and off as and when you see fit."
One woman who was part of the discussion attempted to justify Harry's behavior by pointing to the death of his mother, Princess Diana, which she said would not have happened if not for the paparazzi. Her thoughts were reflected online.
What is this anti Megan & Harry agenda about. Media intrusion killed his mother, who can blame Harry wanting to protect his family. Frogmore cottage was renovated using existing royal funds. We weren't charged extra. #teamsussex— R O N I N (@Cattleclass) July 1, 2019
As such, it's understandable that he is very protective of his son. They all agreed, however, that Archie's being in the public eye will be inevitable. Plus, the use of the public's funds to cover renovations will, of course, seem unfair to many.
So it did, as people took to social media to express their outrage about the private christening that is to follow the very public funding. "They are happy to take money from the public purse but don't want the public to have any part of their private lives and duties? They can't have it both ways," said one person who called them hypocrites.
They are happy to take money from the public purse but don't want public to have any part of their private lives and duties? They can't have it both ways. They are either Royals with everything that entails, or private citizens with no public funding at all. Hypocrites— bookfan2 (@HappyWalker59) July 1, 2019
Her sentiments are in line with Morgan's who wrapped up the segment by saying, "You can try, but the media are entitled ... to say, 'Hang on, you want us when it suits you, and you don't want us when it doesn't suit you.'"
Of course, some defended Harry and Markle's desire to keep the christening under wraps. Only 25 guests are expected to attend the event which will be held at Windsor's Castle in St. George's Chapel. We anticipate that Archie will wear the same Honiton lace gown worn by his Cambridge cousins.
In defense of the couple, one person said:
"The only ones moaning about Archie's christening being private are the haters, don't worry you lot will be able to criticise Archie's looks, skin tone and compare him to his cambridge cousins when official photos from the day are made public."
Although the christening will be done privately, the royal family are expected to release official photos afterward. For perspective, most royal christenings are indeed a private matter.
The Cambridge family did give the public access to arrivals for all three of their children, but they kept the ceremony a private matter. The reasoning for that is likely that they are closer in line to the throne. Archie does not even have a title and is seventh in line to the throne.