Harry and Meghan announced their son Archie will be christened in a private ceremony at Windsor Castle, and the public aren’t happy about it.
It’s understood that only around 25 guests will be present at the service. The Queen is not set to be among them as she has prior commitments.
Meghan and Harry also want to keep the baptism ‘completely private,’ with photos to be released afterwards. Unlike the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who have always allowed the media to capture their arrival with their children.
According to The Sunday Times, Archie’s parents are determined to raise him as a “private citizen” and images will not be released instantly.
And given this came after the news Harry and Meghan had spent over $4.3m on their home renovations, the Sussexes’ decision has definitely rubbed social media the wrong way.
I’m a huge royalist but having Archie’s christening done privately is a massive mistake. I’m all for raising their son out of the media spotlight but when the public have been charged £2.4 million to renovate their home to be ready for his arrival I can see why people are annoyed— Leanne 👰🏻💕 (@Lealea2190) July 1, 2019
#ThisMorning @ThisMorning 👫— 🌸 AlishaValerie. (@AlishaValerie) July 1, 2019
As parents I think the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a right to christen Archie in private, but as Royal's the public deserve the right to see Archie's christening - especially when £2.4 million of taxpayers’ money being used to fund their life.
@GMB totally agree with @piersmorgan regarding Harry and Meghan I think if we are paying for the renovations they could at least give the eager public the chance of seeing the christening or the odd picture of Archie do they not realise people love the royal family— Caroline Mckenzie (@sanchobaby) July 1, 2019
Are we entitled to a royal christening?
While many of us can relate to wanting to keep certain family milestones private, Harry and Meghan are part of a taxpayer funded institution, so should they be allowed to keep a royal christening private?
The couple have made a constant and conscious effort to distance themselves from much of the tradition that’s dominated the royal family’s image, but Their Royal Highnesses experience a life of unimaginable privilege due to the position they’re afforded by their adoring public.
When taxpayer dollars go towards their exorbitant expenses, the public expect the right to celebrate and enjoy their major milestones in return.
Earlier this year, The Sun’s Lauren Clark said, “being a royal isn’t a part-time job”.
“Meghan you don’t get to claim ‘privacy’ after your star-studded baby shower and wedding that WE forked out £30m for.”
But it isn’t all negative
Others pointed out that Meghan and Harry are right to stick to their decision to keep their son out of the public eye, especially as he is only seventh in line to the throne.
We don’t need arrival pics. What for? The christening is about Baby Archie, not the people who attend. After the christening, pictures will be released. That’s more than enough.— Catherine the Radiant (@str8tnochas3r) June 30, 2019
#ThisMorning Archie is 7th in line to the throne....why do we need to have a ‘public’ christening? They can’t win, one minute they are criticised for spending too much the next for not having a lavish unnecessary ceremony!— Louise Copse (@LouiseCopse) July 1, 2019
Meghan and Harry gave the world its first glimpse of their newborn son, two days after his birth, during a brief photocall at Windsor Castle.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, they then released another photo of new mum Meghan holding Archie, with just his toes visible in the Instagram post.
The public got another glimpse of the royal tot on Father’s Day, when the couple released a sepia-toned snap of Harry holding Archie in his arms.
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