No one was too surprised to hear the news—after months of keeping
so many details of the pregnancy private, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
admitted that they were taking it one step further. Instead of posing for apost-birth
photoa few hours after Baby Sussex’s debut, thecouple
announcedthat they “have taken the personal decision to keep the plans around the
arrival of their baby private” and that they “look forward to sharing the
exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate
privately as a new family.”
Understandably, the decreedrove royal fansinto a frenzy. As the hours ticked by towards the speculated (yet unconfirmed) due date,conspiracy theories abounded. Did Meghan Markle already have the baby in secret? Could we guess the plans based on Prince Harry’s travel plans? How long would the Duke and Duchess of Sussex make everyone wait before sharing the news?
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more excitingthan any of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s kids, which
is weird because he or she is even further from the throne. The mystery is part
of the appeal. However, there are critics who believe Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle are making a huge mistake by being so secretive.
Markle’s influence has changed Prince Harry
Whether it’s good or bad is up for discussion. But there’s no denying that Prince Harry is a much different man these days than he used to be, and many say it’s Meghan Markle’s presence that inspired the change.
BeforeMarkle came along, Prince Harry was known for wild partying and controversial antics. He had calmed down in recent years, but he seemed perfectly content to hang out as the third wheel with his brother and sister-in-law. That’s all different now.
Ever since they became serious, Prince Harry has been forging a new path with his wife by his side. First, it was the break from offices at Kensington Palace and starting his own official household apart from Prince William. Now it’s throwing up walls of privacy where none existed before.
think Prince Harry is shirking his royal responsibilities
Meghan Markle joined the royal family with little exposure to their customs. It makes sense—Markle is an American Hollywood actress, not a British socialite. It’s logical she’d expect a different approach.
now people are miffed by her reticence and failure to do those things that the
public expects from the royal family. It may not go along with Markle’s agenda,
but in certain ways the royal family “belongs” to the public, and allowing them
access to their big life events is part of the deal. This whole veil of mystery
was fun at first but it’s starting to make people irritated.
Harry may be intentionally punishing the media
are lots of people blaming Meghan Markle for keeping all the birth details
secret, but there are just as many fans who think it stems from Prince Harry,
knowledgethat the Duke of Sussex has a complicated relationship with the press
and some say he’s hiding royal baby details on purpose to punish them.
Sunphotographer Arthur Edwards told the
New York Times: “It’s the way Harry
is at the moment, he’s just got this bee in his bonnet that all the media are
to be ignored.”
destroying his relationship with the media could prove disastrous for Prince
Harry, especially as he and his wife are trying to get specific issues (such as
mental health) into the spotlight.
The next few weeks will reveal more about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s deeper agenda. For now, we all just have to wait some more.