Prince Charles: Archie birthday post an 'olive branch' says expert
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Prince Charles’ social media birthday tribute for his grandson, Archie Harrison, may have been an “olive branch” to Prince Harry, royal commentators have claimed. The Clarence House Instagram and Twitter accounts both posted a picture of the Prince of Wales with the Duke of Sussex and his baby son that was taken at Archie’s christening in 2019. However the choice of photo was picked apart by royal watchers, including Royally Obsessed podcast hosts Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie.
Ms Fiorito told listeners: “People were really calling attention to the fact that Meghan was not a part of the image.
“Whereas in the other posts from the Cambridges and the Queen, Meghan is in the image.”
Ms Bowie said: “One thing I saw is that the photo that Charles used is the same photo that Harry used to wish Charles a happy birthday in 2019.
“I don’t like the whole reading into the images.”
She continued: “I feel that that is like taking it to a level it doesn’t need to go.
“It’s like body language experts, it’s just taking it too far.”
Ms Fiorito added: “It feels like an olive branch, but one that could have been executed a little bit better.
“I think if Meghan had been included.”
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Ms Bowie told the podcast: “Hopefully that’s not the only way that they’re communicating though.
“That’s where I would be worried.”
Clarence House’s caption on the celebration posts read: “Happy birthday to Archie, who turns two today.”
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Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s social media accounts published official portraits from Archie’s christening too.
They wrote: “Wishing Archie a very happy 2nd birthday today.”
The Royal Family’s official channels chose a picture from Harry and Meghan’s post-birth photo-call with their newborn son.
The caption read: “Wishing Archie Mountbatten-Windsor a very happy 2nd birthday today.”
Archie was born on May 6, 2019.
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