If there’s one thing Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have indicated they appreciate as public figures, it’s their privacy. They’ve been especially private about their newborn son, Archie, but if royals sources are to be believed, Prince William thinks they’re overdoing it just a bit.
According to Us Weekly, baby Archie’s recent christening complicated things in the royal family. You see, the atmosphere for the christenings of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, was much more public, with arrivals visible (and even a wave from Charlotte to photogs), but Archie’s was different: In a statement released through Buckingham Palace, Markle and Prince Harry indicated they wanted Archie’s celebration to be an intimate family affair. According to royals insiders who spoke to Us Weekly, this didn’t rub Prince William and Middleton the right away.
“The queen accepted Harry and Meghan’s decision to keep the event private,” the source said, but added that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge “weren’t happy about it.” The source continued by saying that “William thinks his brother is going overboard keeping Archie out of the spotlight,” and that he “blames Meghan” for his approach.
Granted, none of this has been confirmed, so take it with a grain of salt. If Markle and Prince Harry want to make Archie’s life more private, that’s totally in their right to do so. That being said, this story does contribute to the idea of a feud existing among the Sussexes and the Cambridges. People have gone as far as analyzing Prince William and Middleton’s body language at Archie’s christening to find evidence of a rift. But a royals expert, Katie Nicholl, told Glamour a few months back this just isn’t the case.
“I do think there is some truth to there having been some tension—not just between the duchesses but between the dukes, as well,” she said. “As we all know, things can gather momentum pretty quickly. So while I think there’s been tension, I don’t believe there has been some feud.”