The two plan to soon host a christening for their baby boy Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where they wed in 2018, and where Harry was christened in 1984. Archie’s baptism will be a totally private affair, royal sources told the Sunday Times. This means no fan gatherings, and more importantly, no candid photos of the child outside. The palace has not commented.
But fans will probably get to see some pics of Archie; The Sunday Times said that it is thought Meghan and Harry will post on Instagram select images of their son in the days following his baptism. Traditionally, the royal family releases its own portraits from christenings after the ceremonies.
Forgoing public appearances and photo ops outside christenings isn’t unusual for members of the royal family. However, in recent years, Harry’s brother Prince William, who is third in line to the throne, and wife Kate Middleton delighted fans by allowing press photographers to take candid pics of them and their family arriving and leaving the christenings of their kids Prince George, who is almost 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1.
The couple also famously debuted their kids publicly by appearing with the then-newborns outside the hospital hours after their births. William and Harry’s mother the late Princess Diana and their father Prince Charles did the same with the princes.
The brothers’ cousins Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were also photographed with parents Sarah, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York outside before and after their own christenings.
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“Privacy is more precious to Harry than to almost any of the other member of the royal family,” the newspaper quoted a friend as saying. “As Archie is not an HRH [His Royal Highness], he feels he has every right to strictly police his son’s privacy.”
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Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s third child and second son was christened at the Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace.
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The royals were one big happy family at the 2015 christening of Princess Charlotte.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton were all smiles at the 2013 christening of their firstborn.
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Prince Charles and Princess Diana lovingly look at their firstborn during his christening in 1982.
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The Prince of Wales with the Queen and the Queen’s mother at the christening of the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace.
Carole & Michael Middleton hold their daughter, who will later become the Duchess of Cambridge, during her baptism.