Friday 24 May 2019

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will not share birth certificate of baby son Archie to protect his privacy

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex travel in the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession after their wedding on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex travel in the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession after their wedding on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England
So happy: Prince Harry and wife Meghan at a photocall with new baby Archie. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
New arrival: Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are joined by her mother, Doria Ragland, as they show their new son to the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on Wednesday
Meghan holds the feet of her baby, Archie, just a few days after she first showed him off in public. Photo: Getty Images
The official announcement is posted at Buckingham Palace. Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images
Proud dad: Prince Harry announces the birth at Windsor Castle. Picture: Reuters
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have taken the decision not to publish their son's birth certificate in a bid to set boundaries over his privacy from the get-go.

Britain's Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their first child - Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor - last week and and won't be sharing details of his birth certificate as is royal tradition. Kate Middleton and Prince William have shared birth certificates for their three children, but the Sussexes are choosing a different route in order to give their son as normal life as possible, which is part of the reason they declined in seeking he receive a title at birth.

The birth certificate will be submitted to the local registrar. It means that details of the team which assisted in his birth and the hospital where Meghan delivered him will remain private.

Aside from a photocall at Windsor Castle in which four members of the media were invited to attend and syndicate images, video and quotes, public appearances by Archie will be few and far between. Meghan and Harry are enjoying their new home at Frogmore Cottage and Queen Elizabeth has approved new accommodation for them at Buckingham Palace.

Meghan holds the feet of her baby, Archie, just a few days after she first showed him off in public. Photo: Getty Images
Meghan holds the feet of her baby, Archie, just a few days after she first showed him off in public. Photo: Getty Images

It's standard fare for members of the British royal family who live outside London to have a central set-up and they moved out of their two-bedroom home Nottingham Cottage earlier this year. They shared a home there for nearly two years while Harry had been living at the property, next door to Kate and William, for a number of years previous.

Their already tight circle of friends has become even tighter since Archie's birth, but Meghan has been maintaining her close friendships with stylist Jessica Mulroney, makeup artist Daniel Martin, Oprah Winfrey and Amal and George Clooney; while Hary reportedly told royals news of his son's birth in a family WhatsApp group.

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