MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry have been slammed by royal fans and well-wishers for keeping their son Archie Harrison out of the spotlight. But an expert has now revealed the heartbreaking reason for the strict privacy regime, and it’s due to the tragic death of Harry’s mother Princess Diana.
The son of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Archie Harrison, was recently christened in a private ceremony at Windsor Castle. With only 25 guests attending and two photos released, many felt snubbed of the usually accessible royal event. The decision to keep Archie completely out of the spotlight has led to questions about visibility from the Royal Family.
The extensive privacy regime the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have organised for Archie has left many disappointed, but Meghan and Harry seem determined to do things their own way.
A royal expert has now revealed this is due to the death of Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.
On August 31, 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, died in hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, France.
The car crash occurred when her driver Henri Paul attempted to flee paparazzi.
Royal heartbreak: Meghan and Harry’s strict privacy regime is due to Diana’s death (Image: GETTY/Chris Allerton)
The sudden death stunned the world, but few were affected like her youngest son Harry.
Royal author Richard Fitzwilliams said: “Harry and Meghan are without doubt doing things differently and doing things their way.
“Their intention is also to help others inspired by Diana whose tragic death so affected Harry.”
Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty Magazine has previously revealed how Diana’s death profoundly effected Prince Harry.
Royal heartbreak: Prince Harry and Prince William’s mother Diana died in 1997 (Image: GETTY)
In the third episode of Netflix’s The Royals documentary series from 2013, Ms Seward said: “They hated their mother’s celebrity live and they grew to really hate the photographers that were always surrounding her.
“It’s quite to their credit they are able to be vaguely polite to the press now because they still loathe them.
“They still blame the press for their mother’s death, which they would do.”
The Duke of Sussex has since become a father to Archie, and has made a point out of raising his son as a private citizen.
Archie Harrison was christened in a private ceremony on July 6 (Image: EXPRESS)
Royal heartbreak: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are keeping son Archie out of the spotlight (Image: Chris Allerton)
Mr Fitzwilliams said: “Every young royal has the right to privacy when growing up.
“The arrangement has been that in exchange for an occasional photo on birthdays on special occasions they will be left alone and this is obviously likely to continue.
“Harry and Meghan have shown since Archie’s birth that they are determined to have total privacy and this will make their relations with the press challenging.
“It’s one thing facing abuse from vile social media trolls and the vitriol of caustic commentators, quite another to alienate royal watchers and royal correspondents as they have with their handling of the christening.
“It is undoubtedly their intention to bring Archie up in as normal a way as possible and it is essential that they be aided in this endeavour.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK