Lilibet and Archie: Expert on 'different upbringing' to cousins
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Royal commentator Daniela Elser said the British public felt like they were being “excluded” by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after they kept the baptism in July 2019 largely under wraps. Ms Elser added that “you can draw a straight line from that furore” to Harry and Meghan’s departure from the Royal Family less than a year later in March 2020 for a new life in America.
Writing for news.com.au, Ms Elser said: “At the time, the Duke and Duchess’ decision to bar the usual small clutch of vetted media from photographing the group arriving at the chapel, as had been standard, and to not reveal the names of Archie’s godparents set off a media storm.
“Hackles were raised and huffing voices took to opinion pages; the feeling being that the British public who had until then only shown the couple adoration were being excluded from this heartwarming moment.
“In hindsight, the handling of Archie’s christening was a turning point for the couple and you can draw a straight line from that furore to Megxit.”
Ms Elser warned Harry and Meghan now face a dilemma over their newborn daughter Lili’s christening.
She said it has the “potential to either improve or to further damage Harry’s relationship with his family”.
Ms Elser added: “If the Sussexes were to decide they wanted the christening to happen back in the UK, perhaps even in September when it has been rumoured that both Harry and Meghan will return to London, then it would be construed as an olive branch after years of intra-family squabbling and rancour.
“However, if the Sussexes’ decided to hold the ceremony in California, thus precluding the Queen who no longer travels internationally from attending, it would be seen as nothing less than a clear rejection of the Royal Family.”
Archie was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a private ceremony at Windsor Castle two months after his arrival in May 2019.
The couple decided to exclude the press and public from the royal event.
And they refused to share the names of their son’s godparents.
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Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lili was born last month.
They have not yet released a picture of the tot, who is named after the Queen’s childhood family nickname Lilibet and Harry’s mother Princess Diana.
Harry and Meghan are living in California after quitting royal duties last year.
The couple hit out at the Royal Family in their explosive Oprah Winfrey interview in March.
And Harry made further controversial comments about his family in the following weeks.
He returned to the UK for only the second time since Megxit for the unveiling of a Princess Diana statue at the beginning of the month.
Meghan remained in Montecito with two-year-old Archie and Lili.
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