Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘need to be more visible’ like the Queen, royal commentator claims – The Sun
A ROYAL author has slammed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to keep Archie’s christening private.
Royal expert Robert Hardman said the couple would “do well” to take a leaf out of the Queen’s book in being “seen to be believed”.
He cited the 1969 behind-the-scenes documentary Royal Family, and said the programme gave the public a “delightful, unscripted snapshot" of royal life.
Robert wrote on the Daily Mail: “Fast forward 50 years to another royal gathering and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have drawn up plans for this weekend’s rigorously ‘private’ christening of their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle.
“They would do well to dust off a copy of this remarkable programme from the Royal Film Archive to remind themselves how the Royal Family has previously juggled the public/private work/life balance — while still keeping everyone happy.”
The royal expert argued that the “small, private, human touches” of the documentary resonated with the public due to its “charm” and “honesty” of the famous family.
They [Prince Harry and Meghan Markle] should also be mindful of one of her [the Queen's] great maxims: ‘I have to be seen to be believed'
He argued that the decision to keep the christening “off-limits” suggests that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are doing the opposite of the documentary.
This includes withholding back the names of the godparents.
Robert praised the royal family for their decision over the years to do “walkabouts”, and said they have cultivated a relationship that has “never strayed into over-familiarity” but has “always felt genuine on both sides.”
He added of the christening: “The Sussexes would do well to take note.
“In embracing modern media, of course, Harry and Meghan are following the Queen’s example 50 years ago. But they should also be mindful of one of her great maxims: ‘I have to be seen to be believed.’”
ARCHIE'S PRIVATE CHRISTENING PLANS
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released details about the christening, revealing the highly anticipated ceremony will take place on Saturday.
The new parents also announced they will release official photos from the day some time in the future.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will christen the royal baby at the Private Chapel in Windsor Castle, and the couple have asked photographer Chris Allerton to take pictures.
A statement, released by Buckingham Palace, reads: "Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be christened in a small private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday 6 July.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look forward to sharing some images taken on the day by photographer Chris Allerton.
"The godparents, in keeping with their wishes, will remain private."
The couple are determined to keep their son a “private citizen”, with sources confirming they plan a media-free baptism.
The service will only be witnessed by around 25 guests, the Daily Mail reported.
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