The Real Reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Controlled the Royal Baby Media Coverage

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle really did follow through on keeping their baby’s birth and introduction to the world as low-key as they possibly could. The world patiently waited to catch the first glimpse of their baby and finally learn his name and the couple were able to maintain the pace they wanted in revealing all of this information.

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

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle requested privacy

While the palace released a statement that Prince Harry and Markle wanted some privacy surrounding their child’s birth, it was unclear if their wishes would really be honored. True to their request, the couple didn’t parade their newborn out to the world in the hours following his birth, something that had traditionally been done by Princess Diana and Kate Middleton.

Prince Harry did personally address the media following the birth of his son, making a beaming new dad statement in front of a pair of horses to one news outlet.

The way that Prince Harry and Markle shared their news in a less frenzied way than what has typically been done is commendable. One only needs to look as far as the media circus that turned out for Prince William and Kate Middleton when they stood outside the hospital following the births of their three children — they were surrounded by a sea of cameras and fans.

Prince William and Kate Middleton with Prince George, The Lindo Wing
Prince William and Kate Middleton with Prince George, The Lindo Wing | Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Markle kept things fairly peaceful

By comparison, Prince Harry and Markle appeared in an intimate setting for their first official baby photos at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. It was quiet and serene — the couple could pose briefly and answer a few questions and then return to their privacy. According to Harper’s Bazaar, there were two photographers (including Chris Allerton, their wedding party photographer), one agency reporter, and three video cameras at their media call.

The photos were originally planned to be taken on the steps behind Windsor Castle in a callback to Prince Harry and Markle’s wedding photo, but rainy weather moved things inside St. George’s Hall.

The important reason they have controlled the media coverage

The couple managed to maintain some secrecy, with news coming from Buckingham Palace Monday that Markle was in labor when she had in fact already had the baby earlier that morning. The couple posted the birth announcement on their Instagram account later that day and the official notice was placed on an easel in front of the Palace.

Prince Harry briefly addressed the press with a quiet statement at a press conference outside the Queen’s stables in Windsor. He was thrilled to announce the baby’s arrival and praise his wife, but did not have the baby name details ready to announce yet.

One source close to the couple remarked that all of these moves by Prince Harry and Markle to keep the royal baby details in short supply is very deliberate, as they explained to Vanity Fair: “It’s a case of the couple starting as they mean to go on. They want to be in control when it comes to managing the media.”

The insider added: “They have also agreed they want their son to have an ordinary childhood, not one lived out in the public spotlight.”