Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did everything to keep Archie’s birth a secret, even if it meant going against the royal family. A caprice which strongly irritated Prince William, pushing him to take revenge.
Regardless of the tradition that has always made the birth of a royal baby an event, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry decided very early on to welcome their first child discreetly. So it was in the greatest secrecy that the Duchess gave birth to Baby Archie on May 6, 2019, disregarding protocol.
A rebellion against the habits and customs of the British crown which strongly annoyed Prince William. The future king “did not really appreciate the whims of ‘prima donna’ of Meghan and Harry to hide the arrival of their son” reports the historian specializing in the monarchy Robert Lacey in his book Battle of Brothers.
In an article published on Tuesday, October 20 by Us Weekly, the American magazine unveils new excerpts from the book, which explores the reasons for the quarrel between William and Harry and what drove the Sussex family to leave the royal family. But it seems that the birth of Meghan Markle in the greatest secrecy has only deepened the resentment between the two brothers.
An angry birth
“On the morning of May 6, Meghan gave birth to a perfectly healthy boy weighing 3.2 kilograms. Baby Archie was born with the dawn at 5:26 a.m., which allowed his grandmother Doria and his happy parents to return to Windsor with their precious cargo undetected” begins Robert Lacey.
Archie’s early morning birth allowed Meghan and Harry to return a few hours later to the protective cocoon of Frogmore Cottage before the news of the Duchess’s entry into the Duchess’s maternity ward was even known. The couple was able to enjoy their son’s first moments in complete privacy.
Except that the Sussex ploy caused a veritable cacophony in the Crown’s communication. For it was not until the afternoon of May 6 that the royal family announced that Meghan Markle had just entered the maternity ward, when the young mother had already been at home for a long time.
“Buckingham Palace issued a strangely misleading statement at about 2 p.m. that day that the Duchess of Sussex had begun giving birth when in fact she had already given birth to her son eight hours earlier,” the British historian in Battle of brothers recounts.
According to Robert Lacey, the confusion surrounding the birth of Baby Archie and Meghan and Harry’s maneuvering to keep it a secret apparently caused William to lose his temper. The Prince was so annoyed that he and his wife Kate Middleton waited eight days to meet their new nephew, he writes in his book. This is in contrast to Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla who all visited the newborn within hours of his birth.
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