Are Meghan and Harry going “overboard” with their efforts to maintain a bit of privacy around their newborn son?
According to one royal insider, that’s what Prince William and Kate Middleton think. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex raised eyebrows in Britain when they announced that the christening of their son, Archie, would be a private affair and that they’d be keeping the identities of his godparents private, both of which were a departure from how Will and Kate went about things with their three children.
While “the Queen accepted Harry and Meghan’s decision to keep the event private” and cap the guest list to an intimate 25 or so guests, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge “weren’t happy about it,” an insider told Us Weekly.
Their decision to keep details under wraps around Archie’s christening isn’t the first time that Meghan and Harry have strayed from royal routine. While Duchess Kate famously debuted all three of her babies on the steps of the Lindo Wing just hours after giving birth, Meghan and Harry announced ahead of their son’s arrival that they would wait to debut their newborn on their own time. (They ended up waiting nearly 48 hours before holding a controlled photo-call inside Windsor Castle back in May.)
Though sources say that the new parents are looking to instill privacy in an effort to give him a “normal family environment,” as far as his older brother is concerned, Harry and Meghan’s efforts to maintain such privacy around their son, despite being high-profile members of the royal family, have gotten out of hand.
“William thinks his brother is going overboard keeping Archie out of the spotlight,” the Us Weekly insider said, adding that the future king reportedly “blames Meghan” for the trend.
While their different approach to parenting in the face of public scrutiny may not be William’s cup of tea — or constant Meghan critic Piers Morgan’s, for that matter — disagreement from the rest of their family isn’t going to stop Meghan and Harry from doing things their own way.
“This is not a couple that will conform if they don’t feel it’s right for them,” a People insider explained. “It’s that simple.”