Meghan Markle: The surprising reason Duchess snubbed Royal Family with Archie

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MEGHAN MARKLE, 38, and Prince Harry are the parents of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, nine months. The Duchess has ditched Royal Family parenting traditions when raising her son – why?

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, announced her pregnancy shortly after marrying Prince Harry, 35. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on 6 May 2019 and royal enthusiasts waited to catch a glimpse of the new baby. Since then, Archie Harrison has not often been spotted out in public.

On the few occasions Meghan has stepped out with her son, fans have noticed her parenting style.

Although the Duchess is married to the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan had snubbed a few Royal Family parenting traditions.

Meghan has had a very particular goal in mind when doing this Zoe Bonser, Show Director at The Baby Show, told Express.co.uk.

She suggested: “One of the main areas that seems to consistently crop up when looking at Meghan is that privacy and giving baby Archie as normal upbringing as possible is key.

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Meghan Markle: She has ditched royal traditions with Archie Harrison (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle: Archie Harrison has been spotted out a few times (Image: GETTY)

“For instance, Meghan and Harry chose to forego Archie’s royal title, keep him out of the spotlight, parent without an army of staff, etc.

“It seems that they are in their own happy, private bubble.”

The children of senior members of the Royal Family are often granted a title if they are not automatically given one.

It is thought the Queen offered a title to Archie, but this was declined by Meghan and Harry.

By skipping traditions like this, Meghan has tried to protect the privacy of her son as much as possible.

She also broke royal traditions during her pregnancy and immediately after the birth of Archie.

While most royal mother’s will pose with their newborn on the day they give birth, Meghan waited a couple of days.

She also opted for a different pram than most members of the Royal Family.

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Meghan Markle: Archie Harrison was born in May last year (Image: GETTY)

Zoe added: “In keeping with giving Archie a normal upbringing, Meghan’s parenting style can be seen as modern and breaking with tradition.

“For instance, Megan chose to have her own birth plan that is different from the usual birth of royal babies.

“Also, they didn’t do the day-of birth photo op and chose a modern buggy rather than from the classic Silver Cross brand used by royals for generations.”

By analysing their parenting decisions, it seems Meghan and Harry have been keen to do things their own way.

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Meghan Markle: She has taken her own parenting style (Image: GETTY)

It is likely the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have done this to try to give their son as normal a life as possible, according to the expert.

Royal fans might now see less of Archie Harrison in the future following Meghan and Harry’s “step back” from their role as senior royals.

They have confirmed their time will be split between raising Archie in the UK and in Canada as they no longer carry out official duties on behalf of the Queen.

Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile

Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle.

Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.

Actress

Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002.

She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.

Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.

She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.

Charity and humanitarian work

Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart.

She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.

And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.

Relationships

In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004.

But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference.

She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.

And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.

Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement.

They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Meghan’s heritage

Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.

Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.

But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage.

She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK