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Royal christening: Meghan Markle’s photos of Archie are a perfect lesson in respecting privacy

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Royal Christening: Meghan Markle shares Archie's photos

Meghan Markle took control of her son’s privacy by choosing when and how to share photos of his christening.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have shared photographs of their son Archie’s royal christening, after holding a private ceremony for him in Windsor on Saturday (6 July).

We’ve discussed the collective fascination over royal babies before, along with the press’ obsession with pointing out absolutely everything Meghan does. This perhaps helps to explain why the duchess and her husband opted to ban the press from taking photographs of the event, refuse to disclose who the godparents are and not release any further details other than the date and location.

As their requests for privacy seem to have been respected, the couple have cooperated by answering to the public interest with two official photographs from the christening.

One picture shows the Sussexes with their baby boy, sitting with their wider family (including Kate Middleton and Prince William) in an official portrait. The second one is more candid, showing the parents smiling while cuddling Archie closely in a black-and-white shot.

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What’s significant about these beautiful photos is that it feels like Meghan and Harry have shared just as much information about their son as they are comfortable doing. There has always been much debate over how much people think the royals “owe” the public, but we only need to look at the tragic story of Princess Diana to understand how dangerous this thirst for knowledge about their personal lives can be.

Also, Archie is just a few months old. It’s just plain weird that people want his parents to share every detail about his short life when he probably hasn’t even mastered blowing raspberries yet, right? 

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Meghan has constantly been subjected to sexist and racist headlines in the past. Although Meghan and Harry seem to have perfected the right to privacy in this instance, it will be interesting to see if they can maintain this positive relationship with the press and public going forward.

In the meantime, she’s probably too busy being a new mum to care.   

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Hollie is a digital writer at Stylist.co.uk, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…

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