Prince Harry Was ‘Morbidly Obsessed’ With Keeping Archie’s Birth Private

“Harry had always enjoyed outfoxing the media. He and Meghan were thrilled to be safely delivered of their son in London’s private Portland hospital even before the palace press office had confirmed the duchess was in labour.”

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Prince Harry Was ‘Morbidly Obsessed’ With Keeping Archie’s Birth Private.

Prince Harry was reportedly gripped by the secrecy surrounding his son Archie’s birth.

“One source described Harry as being ‘almost morbidly obsessed’ with keeping Archie’s birth as secret as possible,” royal expert Katie Nicholl writes in her new book, “The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown.

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This secrecy allegedly violated an “unwritten contract between the royals and the public,” who were eager to learn all about the new royal baby as soon as Meghan Markle gave birth.

“Behind the scenes, matters were so fraught that more than one official — as I know from personal experience — was reduced to tears of frustration and despair,” added Rebecca English, royal editor of the Daily Mail.

Following a royal birth, the father, mother, and newborn babe usually pose on the hospital steps, surrounded by well-wishers and photographers, and answer a few questions before driving away.

According to Nicholl, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanted to change everything. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6, 2019, and the couple managed to keep the press guessing until he arrived.

“Harry had always enjoyed outfoxing the media. He and Meghan were thrilled to be safely delivered of their son in London’s private Portland hospital even before the palace press office had confirmed the duchess was in labour,” Nicholl writes.

Prince Harry Was ‘Morbidly Obsessed’ With Keeping Archie’s Birth Private - SurgeZirc FR
Prince William and Kate Middleton were snapped after Prince George’s birth.

Two days later, the couple posed for a quick photo with a single reporter who asked questions.

Nicholl continues, “But it all felt stage-managed, with pre-approved questions, one journalist, and one photographer. It demonstrated the growing gulf between public expectations of Harry and what he felt obliged to give.”

The “Suits” alum had looked tired and uncomfortable at the time. Similarly, Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton, also confessed that she found the post-natal photo shoots difficult, with Nicholl writing that the Princess of Wales “acquiesced because she will one day be queen and the mother of a king, so there was a legitimate public interest.”

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In addition, Markle, 41, and Harry, 38, had a private christening and refused to reveal Archie’s godparents’ names.

Nicholl also said that although Harry and Meghan may have “served an ace in their quest for privacy and tore another page out of the royal notebook,” they also damaged the Crown’s relationship with “the press, the broadcasters, and by extension the public, who felt duped by the experience – whether that was a fair expectation or not.”

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