Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Accused Of Feigning Intimacy In New Family Photos With Baby Archie

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry offered a small glimpse into baby Archie’s christening over the weekend. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared two photos from the religious ceremony on social media, including a family portrait and a black and white pic of the couple holding their baby. The new parents appeared more than happy in both images, but royal watchers were not convinced their intimacy was real.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Inside Archie’s christening

Archie’s christening was held in a private chapel inside Windsor Chapel, far from the prying eyes of the media. Several important royals attended the affair, including Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, and Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were not in attendance due to previous engagements. The decision to keep the christening private sparked a good share of outrage from fans and the backlash continued following the social media posts.

The first photo the couple shared was very similar in tone to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement shots. The pic featured a slew of royals surrounding the couple, both of whom are seated with Archie.

The second image is a black and white pic of Harry gazing lovingly at Archie while Markle looks on. The photo is much more intimate than the first, though body language experts believe the ceremony was a lot more stressful than it looked.

Did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle feign intimacy?

According to Express, body language expert Judi James has examined the photos and thinks the black and white image was staged. James noted that the pic has a very Hollywood feel to it and was meant to show a moment of bliss. But for James, the photo loses some of its intimate quality because it was deliberately staged. It also explains why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose to make the christening a private affair.

“It looks deliberately intimate rather than a pose to camera to share the joy and the way we are invited to glimpse the loving moment rather than participate goes some way to endorse their request for a private event,” James shared.

As far as the family portrait goes, James says that it follows all the usual guidelines of the royal family. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are shown beaming at the front of the group, while the rest of the family surrounds them in a show of support.

That said, Middleton and William appear a little tense in the photo and not their usual carefree selves. Charles, on the other hand, looks about as happier as we have ever seen him, and his hand resting on Harry’s chair indicates that he is proud of his son.

Archie’s christening does not stray from tradition

Although fans expected Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to do their own thing when it came to Archie’s ceremony, the photos they shared were very similar to the ones William and Middleton took for Prince Louis’s christening last year. Although the venues are different and the Cambridge’s guest list was larger, the photos are nearly identical. In both pictures, the couple celebrating the christening is seated in front of the group. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip also did not make it to Louis’s christening and were therefore excluded from the photo.

William and Middleton’s group shot also featured members of both families. Charles and Parker Bowles were in the pic, as well as Middleton’s mom and dad, Carole and Michael Middleton. Her sister, Pippa Middleton, and brother, James Middleton, were also included in the photo.

The only member of Markle’s family that was included in the image was her mother. The rest of her family has created a lot of drama for the royals and it is completely understandable that they were left out of the shot.

Did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reveal Archie’s godparents?

Along with the photos, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed that Archie’s godparents are featured in the group image. The couple did not reveal who are the godparents, but the photo definitely narrows down the list of potential relatives.

Apart from Charles, Parker Bowles, William, Middleton, and Ragland, the photo includes Princess Diana’s sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and Lady Jane Fellowes.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not commented on the rumors surrounding Archie’s christening. The royal family released a statement following the ceremony, thanking fans for their continued support for the new parents.