Prince Harry reportedly is very committed to keeping his child out of the spotlight but, if reports are to be believed, Prince William thinks his brother is “going overboard.” Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle being overprotective and is Prince William’s claim that they’re overdoing it a sign that there continues to be a feud between them?
Prince Harry is ‘Fiercely Protective’ of Baby Archie
There’s a very good reason why Prince Harry is so protective of his first child with Markle — he grew up in the spotlight and knows all too well what that’s like. It’s not surprising then that he would want to help Archie have a normal childhood away from the public eye.
A royal insider explained to Daily Express that, “with the exception of his time in the forces Harry has lived his entire life in the goldfish bowl of public scrutiny.”
The source noted that “although he recognizes his duty, he is fiercely determined to protect his newborn from the glare of public opinion which he has had to bear — which became especially oppressive when he lost his mother Diana.”
“Harry and William had to go through that unbearable grief not in private but before the eyes — and camera lenses — of the entire world. He was just a kid and he hated it,” the insider added.
His experience as a child has certainly informed how he wants to parent his child, as the source shared: “Harry is fiercely protective of Archie and has promised him he will never have to go through that. Of course, Meghan, who has lived a large part of her life in front of cameras, agrees wholeheartedly. He’ll basically protect Archie with his life.”
Does Prince William disagree with Prince Harry’s plan?
Prince Harry and Markle recently had a private christening for Archie to avoid the public, with Prince William and Kate Middleton among the attendees. A royal insider told Us Weekly, “The queen accepted Harry and Meghan’s decision to keep the event private,” sharing that William and Middleton “weren’t happy about it.”
The insider added, “William thinks his brother is going overboard keeping Archie out of the spotlight,” adding that he “blames Meghan” for the parenting choice.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘Want a Big Family’
While Prince Harry and Markle are “loving parenthood,” according to royal author Katie Nicholl, she told Entertainment Tonight that the couple plan to have more children.
Nicholl shared: “I think it’s probably a little premature to be speaking about a second baby. That said, sources close to the couple told me that they really would love to have a big family.”
She added: “They absolutely want siblings for Archie, so possibly we will have a pregnancy announcement for Meghan and Harry sometime next year… for the moment, the focus is obviously on Archie.”
Nicholl noted that they want “Archie to have as normal a life as possible” and to achieve this her “understanding is that at Frogmore they have essentially built a fortress.” She explained, “One of their closest friends told me it was their oasis, their sanctuary, where they’re going to raise their child away from the spotlight.”