Meghan, Harry and the baptism of Archie : photos (already) disclosed, but…


The prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted no intruders on Saturday 6 July 2019 at the baptism of their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, or press photographers, nor public, but, no doubt, be very aware of the frustration of their fans and controversy, they have found a clever parade : the spread almost immediate official pictures of the event.


Two photos of Archie, it is always that taken…


Archie was baptized in the morning by the archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby aui during a ceremony in the private chapel of Windsor castle rather than in the chapel of St-Georges, exposed to the public, who had welcomed the marriage of his parents. Only 25 people, among the closest of the couple, attended. As their services had formally indicated previously, only the professional photographer Chris Allerton, who had already entered the scenes of their marriage and the meeting of Archie with his great-grandmother queen Elizabeth II, was empowered to capture those moments as the duke and duchess of Sussex wanted strictly private. Relatively stingy in pictures of their little protected since its birth on the 6th of may last, that they had presented two days after and sheltered behind the walls of Windsor castle, Harry and Meghan have approved only two photographs of the baptism. For the moment, at least.


One of the two images, in black and white and overexposed, shows the young parents, back on one of the terraces to the outside face of the rose garden of the castle, watching with tenderness as their son of 2 months, a visibly sleepy in the famous gown for baptism which brought before him his cousins George, Charlotte and Louis of Cambridge, and a replica of the original one made in 1841 for the princess Victoria, and worn by some 62 babies royal in 163 years.


Godfathers and godmothers out, the controversy rumbles…


The other, very conventionally, is a picture of the group performed in the Green Room, (very) small committee. The mystery thus remains whole. Archie, eyes wide open, is on the lap of his mom, his dad sitting at their sides on the sofa. The duchess Catherine of Cambridge and the duchess Camilla of Cornwall around them, sitting apart, while the prince Charles and prince William stand behind, in the company of Doria Ragland, mother of the duchess of Sussex, to Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, sister of Lady Di and aunt of prince Harry. The godparents of the child are absent, so as to maintain the secrecy on their identity, a secret that Harry and Meghan are doing their utmost to jealously keep, at the cost of a controversy growing. And the text that accompanies the publication of the two images on Instagram is not of a nature to turn it off…


The duke and duchess of Sussex, at the height of the joy, share the happiness of this day and would like to thank all those who, in the world, showed their support. They revel in the chance they have of taking advantage of this special moment with their family and the godparents of Archie“, says the press release, with a gap deliberately.


The other great absent in this family portrait : queen Elizabeth II, who had other plans for his weekend, the prince Harry and the duchess Meghan did not heed… guilty of not having checked the calendar, royal by choosing the date of the baptism. After his intense week annual summer celebration in Scotland, of which the highlight was the garden party given on July 3, at Holyroodhouse, the monarch had planned to spend time with her husband the duke of Edinburgh at Sandringham in Norfolk. In July 2018, it did not have to attend the baptism of prince Louis of Cambridge, at St James ‘ palace in London.

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