Prince Louis’ third birthday and the paparazzi photos of a pregnant Meghan Markle with Archie. They were both released on the same day and the royal conspiracy theorists think it might have been done to anger Kate Middleton.
One Twitter user noted that the paparazzi shots of Markle and Archie out and about in Montecito, California were taken on Wednesday and that it was possible “the Murdoch press purchased it” in order “to coincide with The Prince Louis birthday photo.” They believe the timing was “intentional.” Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, which includes U.K. publications like The Sun and The Times, along with U.S. publications like the New York Post, traditionally features stories that are pro-monarchy. The exclusive photos of Meghan and Archie were shared by the New York Post‘s Page Six, so many Sussex fans see this as a tactical move by the media.
Meghan Markle was spotted looking gleeful while holding son Archie on Wednesday after Prince Harry returned home to California from Prince Philip’s funeral in London.
The pregnant Duchess of Sussex, 39, was seen propping the 1-year-old up on her growing baby bump as she carried his space-themed lunch box with her other arm.
Markle was dressed casually in blue jeans, a black T-shirt, an olive Cuyana jacket ($295) pointed-toe nude flats and a black face mask.
A snap of Meghan Markle with her son Archie Harrison in an outing is thought to have “raised a lot of issues” due to the timing.
Royally Obsessed podcast host Rachel Bowie spoke to royal author Elizabeth Holmes about the photo which is thought to have been problematic as its release coincided with the Cambridges who were in the works of releasing a new portrait of Prince Louis on his birthday.
Rachel said: "I think we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the timing of the paparazzi photos we saw of Meghan and Archie.
"I think that was definitely surprising to see.
"Fortunately for the Sussexes we haven't had a lot of that.
"I think the last ones were in Canada where we really got a glimpse."
"But there was a lot of coverage about the timing of that.
"Was that something where they were snapped and held? It raises a lot of issues."
Ms Holmes added: "We haven't see pap pictures of Meghan and Harry, and I've been so relieved about that.
"It's been such an eventful spring and I was worried the cameras would really go for them."
"They've maintained the privacy that I think they deserve and want.
"It always puts a pit in my stomach when I see paparazzi photos, especially with Archie in them.
"The timing of that felt unfortunate to me to, that the paparazzi would do something like that."
Elizabeth said: "Meghan looked great, they both looked so cute.
"But I want them to have the space that they need, especially at this stage of her pregnancy."
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their second child this summer, and they have already given us hints for possible baby names! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave clues about which baby girl names they liked during previous engagements throughout the years. Back when the couple was expecting Archie in 2019, they heard name suggestions from a group of children during a royal appearance in Birkenhead, England.
At the event, a little girl asked Meghan if she would call her child Amy to which the Duchess said “that's a really pretty name, I like it. We'll have to think about it.” During the same engagement, Harry showed interest in the name Lily asking a mom how she spelled her daughter’s name. And there has been another hint, a year earlier during the royal couple’s trip to Australia in 2018, the pair met a fan with a baby named “Harriet.” Harry reportedly told the fan quote “that’s a great name.” If they don’t go with Amy, Lily or Harriet, they could also pick a family name. Royal fans are placing bets that Phillipa, Diana and Elizabeth are top contenders for the name.
The royal family had “several conversations” about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Archie’s skin color, according to new claims by royal expert Omid Scobie.
Scobie, whom The Sun described as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s “preferred reporter,” made the claims at a Foreign Press Association event in London on Friday, telling the crowd that the alleged discussions became “a much bigger issue” involving multiple people.
“There was one conversation that took place that affected [Harry and Meghan] massively, when it came to someone within the royal family sharing concerns over the color of Archie’s skin,” Scobie said.
“There were other people aware of this conversation within the family and within the institution [who] did also speak about it, some not so sympathetically. So you then are in a position where you start to feel, ‘Well, it’s not just this one person, it’s others as well,’ and it becomes a much bigger issue.”
Markle, who is biracial, claimed during the couple’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March that a senior member of the royal family had raised “concerns” about Archie’s skin color and asked “what that would mean or look like.”
Scobie responded, “Pass” on Friday when asked whether he could reveal who made the initial remark, demurring that he couldn’t write about it because he had just one source and was unable to verify the reporting.
But he did add, “At the time, the biggest conversation was, ‘Did this come from a senior member of the royal family, a future head of state?’
“If that individual is a head of state, then we as a public have a right to know, because of course that is someone that is our head of state, head of the Commonwealth,” Scobie, who co-wrote the book “Finding Freedom” about Harry and Meghan’s 2020 exit from the royal family, continued. “And if they have an issue with race, we should know.”
Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, welcomed Archie, now 2, in 2019. The “Suits” alum gave birth to daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana earlier this month.
The couple currently reside in a $14 million mansion in Montecito, Calif., after splitting from the monarchy last year.
Prince Charles has reportedly drawn a line in the sand in the brewing war between him and Prince Harry ... by allegedly refusing to make his grandson, Archie, a prince once Charles ascends to the throne.
The son of Harry and Meghan Markle is now 7th in line to the throne, but according to the Daily Mail, the inside word is Charles wants to limit the number of critical royals, partly because it's an expensive proposition and the public wants a more streamlined monarchy.
Daily Mail notes members with titles such as Prince or Princess are entitled to financial support and security ... all paid for by commoners. As you know, Harry and Meghan have said publicly Buckingham Palace already refused to pay for Archie's security.
Although this sounds on the surface like a belt-tightening move, there's way more to the story.
As we reported, the Royals are angry at Harry and Meghan for torching them ... even accusing them of racism. Although they didn't say who made the comments about Archie's skin color, the finger seems pointed at either Charles or William, both of whom are reportedly estranged from Harry and Meghan.
BTW ... the tension isn't limited to Archie. Prince Andrew has apparently been complaining about the perks his daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, will receive.