Royal baby row: Prince William’s reaction to Archie’s godfathers being kept secret | Royal | News

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision not to reveal the identity of their son Archie Harrison’s godfathers ruffled royal feathers and sparked a public backlash at the time. The Sussexes’ choice to give Archie a private christening in July 2019 coincided with the revelation that they had spent £ 2.4million in taxpayer money to renovate their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage.

However, not only was Archie’s christening kept out of public view, taking place in a private chapel in Windsor Castle, but key details of the event – including the identity of the baby’s godparents. royal – were kept secret.Prince Harry is sixth to the throne and, although Archie is never king, the baptismal decision broke royal protocol, author and royal expert Robert Lacey has said.

Excerpts from Mr Lacey’s new book Battle Of Brothers: William, Harry And The Inside Story Of A Family In Tumult have been serialized in the Sunday Mail and chronicle the events surrounding baby Archie’s christening.

Mr. Lacey writes: “Then came the real problem: the godparents. ”

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Mr. Lacey adds, “The ‘secret sponsor’ sounds questionable. And it is an ingredient of the representative monarchy of Great Britain that the people should have a right to know who is giving moral advice to their eventual future King or Queen.

“Here again, however, precedent, protocol and practice have all met with Harry and Meghan’s firm insistence on their privacy – and that of their new baby. ”

Mr Lacey claims Meghan and Harry’s decision not to reveal Archie’s godfathers to the public has baffled William.

He writes: “Confirming the palace announcement, the Sussex Royal office made it clear that the whole ‘sponsor’ issue was non-negotiable.

“The names of the godparents would not be revealed.

“William’s ‘friends’ suggested that the future king, just five places away from Archie in the line of succession, could not understand how such a fundamental question of constitutional principle had been misunderstood.

“How could a new royal from Windsor be baptized in any meaningful sense without the newcomer’s sponsors being known, if not present?” ”

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Battle Of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Disrupted Family will be released by William Collins on October 15 for £ 20.

A description of the book reads: “From royal expert and best-selling author Robert Lacey, this book is an unprecedented insider tale of uproar and secrecy revealing the untold details of William and Harry’s early closeness. , then their separation.

“He asks what happens when two sons are brought up for very different futures – one charged with the responsibility of someday becoming king, the other with the certainty that he will always be spared.

“How did William and Harry each form their idea of ​​the duty of a modern royal and how they should behave?”

“Have the seeds of damage been sown as Prince Charles and Diana’s marriage painfully collapsed for everyone to see? ”

“In the previous generation, how did the life of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew play out in the shadow of the Crown? What choices has Queen Elizabeth II made to reunite her rival heirs?

“What roles have Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle played to help their husbands choose their different paths?” And what’s the real, flawless story behind Harry and Meghan’s dramatic departure?

“In the most intimate view of life behind closed doors, with the ups, downs and toughest decisions in the family, it’s a journey into royal life like never before. “



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