Why The Press Is Upset That Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Want Privacy Regarding The Birth of Baby Sussex

Last week, a statement was released concerning the birth of the royal baby.

“Their Royal Highnesses have taken the personal decisions to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private.”

A decision that goes against over 40 years of tradition.

The Royals have had a complicated relationship with the press as of late, and some journalists feel the decision is an attempt to put the media in their places.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Neil Mockford/GC Images
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Neil Mockford/GC Images

Royal commentator Carole Malone: ‘This is is an unprecedented slap in the face’

Infamously, royal commentator Carole Malone feels the decision is a “slap in the face” to fans who are genuinely excited for the birth of the royal baby.

“Someone needs to explain to me how a statement announcing the baby’s name, weight and gender would invade their privacy or deny them precious family time,” she said on Sky News.

“This is is an unprecedented slap in the face for those legions of decent, ordinary people who love the Royal Family and see the royal birth as a joyous, national celebration – a celebration they’ve now been shut out of.”

Meghan Markle has, reportedly, asked for more privacy than royals typically get during this special time due to nerves. She’s also rumored to have a home birth, like the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Diana.

“No one’s expecting Meghan to parade her baby minutes after giving birth and of course they are entitled to private time with Baby Sussex but how hard would it be to spend two measly minutes outside the hospital waving and smiling at people who only want to wish them well?” Malone continued. “Us Brits give so much to the Royal Family, we also pay for the privilege of having them. Isn’t it time the Royals gave something back?”

Carole Malone is not alone

Malone isn’t the only royal reporter who feels slighted by the Royals’ decision to keep the birth of their baby private.

The head of The Sun, one of Britain’s most famous tabloids, feels the decision is in violation of “our royal rights.”

“Keeping the nation in the dark over details, even after the birth, is a bad look for the royal couple,” said the newspaper’s anonymous leader. “The public has a right to know about the lives of those largely funded by their taxes. You can accept that, or be private citizens. Not both.”

“This is the shattering of a tradition that goes back for decades,” another senior anonymous journalist told The New York Times. “There is a price to be paid for that, and that price is mockery.”

Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir recently wrote a scathing piece about Prince Harry’s decision to partner with Oprah Winfrey for a series about mental health. She was sure to add her two cents concerning Harry and Markle’s decision to keep the birth of the royal baby private.  

“While a new baby is a deeply personal and private event, a royal baby is also a totem of national celebration, a beacon of British joy,” she wrote. “What is the point of royals unless we can celebrate their baby royals in a totally bonkers British orgy of bunting, popping corks and knitted bootees? Two or three days later, it just won’t be the same.

Perhaps Oprah has snapped up the exclusive first-look baby rights? I wouldn’t put it past her. Or them.”

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