The name Archie wasn’t the only thing Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan shocked us with last week. Many believed their child would be bestowed a last-minute title by The Queen, similar to what she did with Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis but, reportedly, Harry and Meghan weren’t super keen on the idea—hence, Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Yes, a casual mouthful but definitely gives off more of an aristocratic vibe than a royal one, which was apparently all part of the Sussexes’ master plan: to raise their son as a private citizen.
“As Archie is not an HRH, [Harry] feels he has every right to strictly police his son’s privacy,” a close friend of Harry’s told royal reporter Roya Nikkhah. “The Sussexes are not using a title for their son in the hope that he will live a more normal life.”
Nikkah added in The Times that not only are they keeping him away from the public eye, Frogmore Cottage will become their very own fortress, thanks to a “planting programme” designed to shield the family from view.
Baby #Archie will have a different childhood to his cousins as the Duke & Duchess of Sussex raise him as a “private citizen” away from the public gaze, while a tree “planting programme” at Frogmore Cottage will shield the Sussexes from view @thesundaytimes https://t.co/7leHdYf1cX
— Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) May 12, 2019
There is also speculation that Archie would be kept away from crowds of fans and will only show up at “big family occasions with his parents.” It’s safe to assume we could see him at Trooping the Colours and perhaps arriving at or leaving the odd church service, but that’s about it.
Really, though, that’s not much less than we see any of the Cambridge kids. And with the Sussex Instagram feed being quite generous with their posts, we might actually see more of Archie than they’re letting on—just on his parents’ terms which is fine by us!
Harry knows firsthand what it’s like to live life in the public eye. Meghan, as well, albeit on a much lesser scale, and prior to her royal life she managed to stay on the DL as needed. Knowing what they know and what they’ve gone through, they’re simply trying to do what they believe is best for their son: protecting him, and themselves. Like with anything else for them right now, it’s a learning curve and right now this is what feels right. Nothing wrong with that.