Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Probably Won’t Overshare Photos of Baby Archie on Instagram — Here’s Why

Last week, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their baby boy into the world. And, so far, we’ve been spoiled with adorable photo updates of the newest member of the royal family on Instagram. However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s adorable Mother’s Day post is likely the last we will see of Baby Archie for some time. Find out why, ahead.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Baby Archie
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Baby Archie | DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Photos of Baby Archie on Instagram

Despite their openness in the last week, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will likely keep their son out of the royal spotlight — including their official Instagram account — going forward.

Throughout pregnancy, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (as well as various royal sources) made it clear that they plan to raise their children in as normal of an environment as possible. Ahead of their royal baby’s arrival, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepared for a quieter family life by packing up their Kensington Palace home and moving to the Windsor countryside. Their new home, Frogmore Cottage, will allow Baby Archie and any future children to grow up in a more normal setting, away from the so-called “fishbowl” of Kensington Palace.

Additionally, it’s become custom to leave royal children out of the spotlight and social media as much as possible — that way the royal family’s Instagram accounts can serve as a highlight of their work, not their private family lives. Prince William and Kate Middleton typically only share photos of their children on their birthdays or ahead of big holidays like Christmas. Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis might also make an appearance in big group shots of the royal family on Buckingham Palace’s balcony during Trooping the Colour or royal weddings if they serve as members of the bridal party.

When will we see Baby Archie next?

According to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s social media habits, the next time Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will likely share photos of their son, Archie is following his christening. The royal baby’s christening is a private family occasion. However, royals often share official portraits on social media and some photos of the royals heading to church also tend to surface around this time.

After that, we likely won’t get a royal baby update until the holidays, when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share their Christmas card on social media. And then on Archie’s birthday, next May. If Prince Charles ascends the throne and makes Archie a prince, we might also see a photo update marking that event, too.

Of course, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could surprise us with random updates about Baby Archie’s life, too. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are known for marching to the beat of their own drum and, prior to her royal life, Meghan Markle was active on social media. That said, in an effort to shield their child from the limelight, they will likely not go down that path.


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