The Sussexes’ new communications pulled off the baby reveal flawlessly, right?

After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex debuted their (Polo) Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, I noticed a lot of commentary about how Meghan was very “image conscious.” It seemed to be in reaction to how well the photocall and brief interview went – the photos looked classy and regal, and the interview was exceedingly warm, and you could just see how Harry and Meghan were completely in love with each other and their little Archie. There were also a lot of “well, she’s an ACTRESS” comments whenever anyone was like “wow, that video is so lovely.” The actress explanation is used a lot for Meghan, especially when she shows how comfortable she is in public situations, interacting with people or making speeches. The haters want everyone to believe that Meghan is merely a performative a–hole, that everything is for show, and that we should look down on her for being so peasanty as to actually be GOOD at her public-relations job. As if the Cambridges, the Waleses and the rest of the Windsors aren’t also extremely “image conscious” too. No, they only criticize Meg because she actually sells it and she doesn’t come across as awkward, stiff or frumpy.

Meanwhile, Omid Scobie at Harper’s Bazaar had an exclusive story about how the Sussexes and their new communications team organized the photocall – there’s not much new information here, and I don’t find it particularly noteworthy that Harry and Meghan worked with their professional communications team to set up a flawless baby reveal seen around the world. It would be more notable if they didn’t work with their team. Here were the pieces of news I wanted to point out:

The photocall: During an intimate media call—just two photographers, one agency reporter, and three video cameras present—the Sussexes proudly shared a first look at their family of three. The family originally planned to pose on the steps behind Windsor Castle to echo the relaxed wedding photo taken before their wedding reception, but rain at Windsor meant the “wet weather scenario” went into place, with Harry, Meghan, and baby posing inside St. George’s Hall.

Who was on site: Communications secretary Sara Latham and deputy communications secretary Julie Burley were on site to help with the proceedings; Burley was spotted picking a few lint pieces off the hall carpet just before the couple arrived. The press was instructed they had 10 seconds for photos before three questions were asked, yet the duke and duchess seemed happy to stay and chat about their new son. In the end, the meeting went on for three minutes.

Harry & Meghan were happy with how the baby reveal went: A source close to the couple tells BAZAAR.com, “This was a very special moment for the couple—one they won’t forget. The baby is the most peaceful, placid child you’ll ever meet. They are so proud but probably quite relieved to have gotten the photos out the way … They’re rather tired!”

[From Harper’s Bazaar]

I hope little Archie STAYS placid and peaceful but you never know. He might have a touch of Harry’s wild streak. I’m glad that Meghan and Harry’s communications team is operating so smoothly – the fact that the location of the photocall was changed at the last minute (because of rain) would have been enough for the Kensington Palace comm team to freak out and cancel because they weren’t keen about rain. But Harry and Meg and their team just rolled with it and found a new location on the fly. And honestly, the hall was so much grander than doing it outdoors.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    I think it was flawless as well, but haters gonna hate. (i.e. comments about how “the actress just wanted to be on the red carpet!!!!!”)

    Some people just genuinely don’t like Meghan, and that’s okay because some people just genuinely don’t like Kate. But sometimes there is nothing wrong with just saying “lovely family” and moving on, or just saying nothing at all.

    • Lana234 says:

      I agree with everything you just said.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      Yes, but judging from the comments about Meghan that “genuine dislike” is often rooted in racism and xenophobia. Which is quite different from those who criticize Kate for her lack of work ethic.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Haters gonna hate and Cheaters gonna cheat.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Valiantly – oh I completely agree with that.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        I also think that her being a divorced American actress is also used as a reason to ‘dislike’ her. I heard that one a few times, with followup comments about how she’ll likely divorce him when she grows bored of being a Duchess like how she divorced her ‘successful’ producer first husband when her career took off. Sadly I think the narrative her father, the Markle family and former friends spun stuck with a certain age group of people.

        I never cease to be shocked by people that lap up the sh!t spewed by the Fail and other rags.

      • Mego says:

        That’s it exactly. The presumptions about Meghan’s character are not rooted in any facts, but rather racism, sexism and classism.

        In addition, If you’re going to do a baby reveal that is going to be global in interest, why not do it well? Why not put your “brand” in the best possible light? It’s more being conscientious than image conscious really.

      • kerwood says:

        Being lazy and not doing the job she’s supposed to do is very different from criticizing a woman for eating an avocado. Kate and William SHOULD be criticized for their unwillingness to do their job. But Megan ‘hit the ground running’ and has shown a great deal of enthusiasm for her duties.

        Ever since Harry introduced Megan as his ‘official’ girlfriend, the air has been full of dog whistles and just blatant out and out racism. The depths that people have sunk to are because she hasn’t given them any REAL reason to criticize her.

      • Mira says:

        @Digital Unicorn

        “she’ll likely divorce him when she grows bored of being a Duchess”

        I’ve seen this so many times! People keep saying things like, I give them 2 years, I give them 5 years. The stupid thing is, you can say that about anyone’s marriage really. The difference is, us “common” people, if we get divorced, it’s because you fall in love with someone else or things just didn’t work out or we grew apart, etc. I really wish with all my heart that Meghan and Harry will stay happy and together forever, but if they ever do get divorced, all these people will say is HAHA we were right, we knew it was never going to work because Meghan is [insert any hateful racist words you've seen on Fail].

        This makes me so mad. :/

    • Rae says:

      Agreed Becks1

      • Soupie says:

        Agree as well. I very seldom read the British rags but that Express article about the communications “blunder” was disgusting. I could just picture the snippy chin raised look down the nose and side eye the author was displaying in that hatchet piece.

        The world is changing. Duh! Deal with it. Meghan and Harry will continue to do it their way. The roll out was excellent as will future events..

      • Soupie says:

        Oh, and the comment in that Express article that Prince Philip made a backhanded racist comment right after the baby was born was even more disgusting and likely false even though he can often be an old coot. His expression in the photo above is clearly very sweet.

  2. minx says:

    It was lovely. Selfishly I always wish new parents would tilt the baby’s head a bit more towards towards the camera for a good look (I wished the same about Louis) because it’s all about US! 😂 Anyway, we’ll see a lot of the little cutie as he grows up. Well done.

    • Snap Happy says:

      That’s the only thing the Cambridge reveals give more of. They are outside so it’s easier for people to get shots from above that show more of the baby’s face. I too wish we could have seen more of his face.

      • minx says:

        Good point.

      • kerwood says:

        I guess Harry and Megan mistakenly thought that THEY could decide how much of their baby they could show the world.

      • minx says:

        kerwood, relax. Everyone wants to see a new baby.

      • Monicack says:

        I think Kerwin’s sarcasm is directed at the crazies who feel entitled to dictate Harry and Meghan’s decisions.

      • PrincessK says:

        I don’t blame the parents for not wanting to show to much of his face a) flashing lights might wake him up b) Inviting comments about the colour of his skin, shape of nose and whether he has reddish hair. Just wait for the comments when we really do see what he looks like. One silly photographer asked who he looked like, loaded question, and the parents cleverly deflected it.

    • Erinn says:

      I just kind of assumed that they’d release some pretty outdoor shots, for whatever reason. In like a garden or something haha. I was surprised by the location of the photos. But I agree – a little more face would have been nice, but it’s such a minimal issue overall.

      • MeghanNotMarkle says:

        That was the plan until it rained. This was their rain contingency.

      • Erinn says:

        Ah, that makes sense. And it’s not like they could have really pushed the date back – people would have lost their minds over that.

        I hope we’ll get some really adorable baby or at least toddler photos out in the gardens at some point.

      • Megan says:

        Any comms person worth their salt always has a plan B and this was an especially good one.

      • PrincessK says:

        I think that the rain was actually a stroke of luck, because we got the grandeur of the inside of historic Windsor Castle, loaded with symbolism, much grander than the steps of the grey Lindo wing. And then we got the fantastic shot the Queen greeting her three day old great grandson, I think the Sussexes have scored a first with that. Everything was superbly played, the detractors must be fuming.

    • Green Desert says:

      I said this yesterday in my comment on the post about how they’re already dealing with the racists this week, but here’s my theory: they didn’t show more of the baby, including his hair (if he has any) because they were worried the racists would be out in full force scrutinizing the baby’s looks. “OMG he looks black!” and whatnot.

      Like I shared yesterday, I’m biracial, married to a white man, and we had a baby fairly recently. I have nowhere near the wealth and privilege that H&M have, but I’m putting my family in their shoes just based on these 3 similarities and I think my husband and I would have been worried about this and would have chosen to keep baby a little more covered for this first showing. It sucks…I can’t imagine how it would feel if/when this kind of thing is directed toward my child. I really feel for them in this area. Curious to know what others think about this.

      • Lithe says:

        It was my thought as well that showing so little of Archie’s features was a deliberate choice to protect his privacy and deprive the trolls of fodder for their racist insults.

      • Ader says:

        Hey GreenDesert…

        A friendly question: Isn’t wanting to “keep him a little more covered” because you’re afraid that folks may not like his features sorta internalizing racism, a bit? What’s wrong if your child has traditionally Black features?

        If you’re saying you just don’t want racists to “say” anything about it, by keeping him covered, you may be playing into the ingrained societal notion that somehow Black is bad or ugly. Your baby isn’t bad or ugly!!! :-) Those people have the problem, not you or your child. And you mustn’t dim your lights to appease their sensibilities.

        Besides, no matter what you do, you can’t shield the kid from racism. Studies show that people already have fully formed opinions about race by the time they enter first grade, and it just keeps getting worse from there.

        Anyway, I sure hope I didn’t come off mean…just playing devil’s advocate. And congrats on the new addition to your family!!

      • Green Desert says:

        Ader,

        I totally get what you’re saying, and I don’t disagree with that at the core. To clarify, I don’t mean “afraid that others may not like his features.” I meant angry and pissed off about people being racist toward a baby. I think that’s an important distinction. Can I ask , are you a person of color? And do you have kids? We as people can objectively know something, like that in a case like this we’re not the problem, it’s the bigots who are. However, it doesn’t always mean we act with that sense of abandon, like f them, I don’t care what they think. I teach sociology so I understand what you’re saying and I actually do try to think critically about stuff like this (and internalized racism, sexism, etc. are indeed huge problems). I’m still a fairly new mom and the emotions and love you feel for a sweet little baby are indescribable (as you may well know, I’m not sure). So it’s hard to always have the kind of attitude you’re describing, especially if you think someone may be going after your child. I hope that makes sense!

      • Ader says:

        Hey Green Desert. Yes, I am a black-biracial woman, and my husband is also white. So, I know. :-)

        Like I said, was just pointing out the socialization piece, as I think it’s something we ALL need to work on. We gotta start chipping away at it sometime, right? That’s all. Please know that I wasn’t disparaging you, just offering a different view from a different angle.

    • Green Desert says:

      Ader,

      Didn’t think you were disparaging me at all, and I totally get it (and it sounds like you really get it as well). ;)

  3. SarSte says:

    I’ve really been impressed with the whole reveal and how they’ve been nailing it on the social media side – the timing of the posts, the content and descriptions, etc. This is legitimately the first time I’ve seen the royals doing social media RIGHT. WHO KNEW it would take bringing in someone slightly more in-touch with reality than the courtiers to straighten that out? /s

    Also, that House Sussex is only ~1M followers off from House Cambridge… What sort of p*ssing contest will ensue once Sussex overtakes Bill and them?

    • Moose says:

      I soooooooo want Sussex to overtake Cambridge in followers! Wandering Willy will be apoplectic, hee hee!

    • Ader says:

      Excuse me while I adjust my tin foil hat.

      Ever since they’ve separated their IG accounts, I’ve had visions of Poor Jason spending wee hours of the morning on Fiverr making sure Kate and Will always remain in that lead…lol.

    • norah says:

      sussexroyal is 7.6 mill and kensington royal is 8.6 not too bad for minor royals

  4. Ali says:

    Or maybe being professionals, they checked the weather and had a back-up location in mind the whole time.

    • Jag says:

      That’s what I was going to say. They didn’t figure out something on the fly; it expressly says that they went into wet weather mode once they saw it was raining.

      I love that they were so organized about it.

  5. Um Yeah says:

    Wait, if there was rain, why is there sunshine streaming in through the windows?

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      It’s daylight, which can co-exist with rain, especially rain showers that come and go.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        😂

      • GirlMonday says:

        I hollered

      • Megan says:

        The weather changes about every ten minutes in the UK. It’s possible there was a biblical downpour at the appointed time and ten minutes later the sun was shining.

      • Olenna says:

        Ha! This one escaped from Twittersvania. That’s a new Me**it talking point they’ve added to their evidence list in their campaign to charge her with conspiracy and treason.

    • Skylark says:

      There were bursts of sun but it was also really showery. Weather’s been really dodgy for May, 4 seasons in one day every day for the last week or so.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Look for the photos of HM outside at the Windsor Horse Show that same day, in pouring rain.

    • Meganbot2000 says:

      You’re not British, are you? ;D

  6. savu says:

    That Lainey piece was right – they really nailed it. Major props!

    • HK9 says:

      Lainey was right. The photos and the video were lovely.

    • jen says:

      she always nails it!

      • Mego says:

        No not always – she believed the tiara story for example. Her analysis of the pr around the baby reveal was very good I agree.

    • Enny says:

      Can I just say that I am LOVING the obvious pride on the DoE’s face, as well as the almost throw-away story in the press that he actually met Baby Archie before the Queen because they happened to meet him on the path on the walk over?

      Like, 97-year-old Great-grandpa was so keen to meet the wee lad he started ambling over early (in the maybe-drizzly weather) because he just couldn’t wait any longer?

      If true – and, judging by the DoE’s expression in the official photo, entirely probable – SO SWEET. Seriously. Let’s focus on stuff like that, not nitpicking.

      I prefer to think of how proud and ecstatic the entire family looked.

      • Karen says:

        He is probably happy that they went with Mountbatten-Windsor. I dont think there are any other grandchildren or greats who use that name alone.

      • Enny says:

        Yeah, I mean, sure. He’s thrilled about that. The Mountbatten name (lack thereof) has always been a sore spot for him.

        But I don’t think that fully explains his palpable joy in this photo – or the story of how he met the baby. That is a proud great-grandpa. Maybe because it’s Harry (long rumored to be his favorite) or because deep down Phillip knows this is likely the last new family member he’ll get to meet. Either way – JOY. From more than mere use of a manufactured family name…

  7. Chatty Cath says:

    I’m already sick of tabloid commentators with ‘heritage’ ‘bridge building’ comments. Do people scrutinise so called ‘white’ babies like this? Of course they don’t although I notice criticism of the Cambridge babies when they appear to resemble ‘The Middletons ‘. As all Royal families are quite closely related having babies with ‘other Royals’ is folly. I’m sick of all this. He’s a beautiful baby, they appear to be in love.

  8. k says:

    When Megan and Harry pull off these public events well, I also think, “well, she’s an actress.” I don’t mean to say that she is performative and faking. I just notice that she is comfortable and composed while speaking in public, and that is because of her experience and training. She can use acting skills and still be genuine.

    • grace2 says:

      Ditto – she comes across as cool, calm and collected with or without the communications team.

    • Mellie says:

      Agree, it’s ok that she’s an actress because it certainly helps in these situations and it DOES give her a one up in public speaking situations and my goodness does she need it with all the negativity she receives. I feel sorry for her AND Kate, no matter what they do…..buttons, trench coat dresses, reveal the baby/don’t reveal the baby…those girls cannot win.

    • Bohemian Angel says:

      @K That’s not necessarily true. I’m a trained actress and was so painfully shy that I couldn’t hold a conversation with distant family members at get togethers. It was only later in life that I became more bubbly esp after becoming a mother and getting involved with school stuff etc. But I can still go into myself in large crowds.
      There are a lot of famous actors/ess that are shy and awkward when they have to be themselves in interviews etc but when playing another character they shine.
      I think Meghan is just a naturally cool, confident and laid back person.

      • kerwood says:

        I don’t think non-actors completely understand what being a trained actor is all about. As you said, some of the most brilliant actors are terrible at being themselves because they can’t hide inside a role.

        Megan isn’t ‘acting’ when she does public appearances. She’s being herself, Megan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, a well-educated, confident woman who knows how to present herself. All you have to do is take a look at her mother to see where she gets it from. I have no doubt that Megan’s poise is hard-earned considering the snake-pit that she grew up in.

        The Duchess of Sussex is a happy, loving mother and wife. She doesn’t need to play a part when her reality is so great.

    • Yoyo says:

      You should see her speech, when she graduated from middle school at age thirteen, I don’t think acting is the reason that she can speak well in public.

      • PrincessK says:

        Exactly she has been a natural since her youth, nothing to do we acting. Loads of actors are useless public speakers.

    • Ader says:

      We’ve all seen Meghan act, and I think most would probably agree that she is LEAGUES better at royaling than acting. Homegirl found her niche, for sure! I think she’s just a natural at this PR / philanthropy / duchess role.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      There are tons of actors who are terrible at public speaking and can’t make a proper speech. Acting has nothing to do with it. You either have that natural charisma and eloquence or you don’t.

  9. notasugarhere says:

    Letizia’s critics went after her for the same things, ie. having media training and being self-possessed in front of cameras. These are professional women who are criticized for being good at their jobs.

  10. lily says:

    I like how much Windsor means to this family. The engagement pictures, Harry was christened there, their wedding took place in Windsor and now they will raise their little Archie there

  11. Lucia says:

    Their team was amazing and since I haven’t been around all week, I love how their team didn’t announce Meghan was in labor until hours after she’d given birth.

    I read an article in the Economist this week at how Royal Reporters are becoming irrelevant in the age of social media. I think that the way the photocall is done may become the new Lindo Wing Tango. It’s far classier, it doesn’t block the streets of Paddington for days on end, and allows everyone to get some rest.

    • HK9 says:

      Thanks for that…I’m going to read that article. After I do, I might just tweet it out to some of my “favourite” royal reporters.

    • notasugarhere says:

      You’re misinformed about what happened. The Palaces do not release statements in the middle of the night, nor would they have told the press before HM. The statement was written in the past tense, the Queen was informed as to progress once she was awake, and then the statement was released during business hours. There was no conspiracy on the part of Harry and Meghan’s PR team.

      • Lucia says:

        Never said there was any conspiracy nor did I suggest it. All I said was I found it amazing that the announcement was made hours after she had given birth – and given that her team was the one communicating with The Queen whether Meghan and Harry simply chose not to share, I can’t say. I had last week found it unsettling there would even be reports on when Meghan was in labor so I’m happy it turned out the way it did. Whoever announced it or whatever the reasons, I think it’s great the press didn’t know until the baby was almost 7 hours old. Her team did play a part in the delay, most likely.

      • notasugarhere says:

        You repeated the conspiracy theory of the Royal Reporters.

      • Lucia says:

        Just stop, Nota and I’d appreciate it if you avoid my posts going forward, not that I think I’ll be posting much on here going forward.

        Just because the royal press is idiots 9/10 doesn’t mean they are fully wrong. Their press office clearly was in charge of communications to the Queen. Whatever the reason, no press release came regarding labor until 7 hours after she gave birth with a birth announcement 45 minutes later. It was ultimately The Sussex press office responsible for communicating the announcement to the Queen.

        Whether it was The Queen herself, The Sussex team under instructions, or the Sussexes avoiding telling their team. There was a 7 hour lag. Regardless, the team handled the lag beautifully and respected the family’s wish for a private birth. I think it’s great.

      • Nic919 says:

        The rule of not reporting overnight is so strict that if the Queen or Philip dies overnight the UK media will not be told until later in the morning. It is mentioned in those articles about the protocol for the Queen’s death. So they did nothing wrong here.

        They clearly waited to announce anything until Meghan returned home from the hospital because of privacy issues. Had the media known she was still at the hospital they would have swarmed the hospital. There are several people who have been offered money by the press because they were thought to be Meghan’s doula or other medical providers. So the media was circling the waters as it was.

        It is only prurient interest that the media is complaining about the first announcement being made after the baby was born. No one else cares.

    • FredsMother says:

      One important thing the discrete PR around the babyshowing did was protect the new born from batshit crazy noisey reporters shouting questions, flashing lights, and noisey streets. I think this must have been uppermost in Megan’s mind. I hate when paparazzi come at kids with their flashing cameras and quick-fire questions. She clearly thought of protecting her newborn from all of that excessive stimuli.

  12. Christina says:

    Lovely. As for Meghan, she’s herself. In time, the public who hate her will get it through repeatedly seeing her comfortably interact with others. She will personally meet some of her haters, and some will be charmed in spite of themselves. Her character will turn public opinion eventually, but it will take time. The world causes us to not trust appearances.

  13. OriginalLala says:

    Her actor background is a good thing! She is comfortable in front of cameras, public speaking, and knows the PR game well. The whole Royal Family is an exercise in PR anyway, all they do is play PR games.

  14. Chicken says:

    I mean, I work with my communications team to strategize much, much less significant rollouts all the time, including back-up plans for stuff that doesn’t go as hoped on the day of the launch. I don’t understand why anyone is even commenting on the fact that they worked with their communications team on this. Like, duh, that’s how it works.

  15. Anastasia says:

    Lord, you’d think Meghan personally pissed in these peoples’ Cheerios the way they hate on her!

    I thought the reveal was perfect. Their child, their choices.

  16. KidV says:

    It’s going to be interesting to see which royals follow in their footsteps on the next baby reveal.

  17. Other Renee says:

    That picture with Doria, Philip and the Queen is magnificent. I’m actually surprised that Philip and the Queen were on board with this PR plan especially Philip. How on earth did they pull this off? I don’t ever recall seeing any photos of them exclusively with any of W&K’s kids other than large family shots.

    • Carmen says:

      That photo is a keeper. I can’t remember ever seeing Philip crack a smile in a photograph before, and there he is, positively grinning from ear to ear. And the Queen looks absolutely ecstatic.

      • kerwood says:

        It’s one of the best Royal Family pictures that I’ve seen. The emotional and the historical value is just incredible. And you’re right about Phillip. When was the last time we’ve seen him smile like that? That picture choked me up because it was less about protocol and more about a happy family welcoming a beautiful baby.

      • Carmen says:

        @kerwood: I’ve read several reports (don’t know if they’re accurate, but it’s nice if they are) that Philip and Meghan have a good relationship and get along very well together. Maybe he’s mellowing out in his old age.

    • Tigerlily says:

      One thing to keep in mind is that when Philip married TQ, he was a total outsider. Viewed with suspicion by the Queen Mother, Queen Mary (TQ’s granny) & basically all the “courtiers” & grey men. And not treated very kindly. In my opinion a lot of it was due to Philip’s uncle, Lord Mountbatten, being so pushy & bragging that Mountbatten was new House. I think Philip suffered for Lord Mountbatten’s ambition. Anyway, having said that, I think Philip is far more sympathetic to the rough ride Meghan has gotten from some Royals & the English press. I know that he comes off as a racist at times but I also recall he was great friends with Merle Oberon who was half Indian/half Caucasian. I also believe that Harry is his favorite.

      • Carrie says:

        Good reminders. Thanks for this.
        I also wonder if Meghan doesn’t remind the Queen and Phillip of her late sister Margaret… I’ve thought it’s possible from day one. She really has seemed to reunite everyone and pulled the family together.

        Also I wish for styling tips from Doria. She’s incredible I think.

    • MA says:

      @Other Renee I wouldn’t be surprised if BP staff actually pushed for it. It makes the Queen, Philip,
      And the royal family generally look really good and tolerant (whether that’s true is up for debate…). Meghan’s been their best PR in a long time

      • Vanessa says:

        Why is it every time their photos of Meghan with other royal family everyone starts scream it’s Pr it’s not possible that some of the royal actually like Meghan . Like it impossible that the queen and Philip actually like Meghan that there being pushed to take a picture with Meghan by the courtiers because it good for their images.

      • PrincessK says:

        I agree, the picture gives the Queen and the Duke a popularity boost too. I wonder whether that picture was planned or whether it just happened because Meg and Harry had to go inside the Castle.

  18. Amy says:

    I’m sure using the inside of Windsor was always the back up weather related plan. Surely someone on their staff has a weather app downloaded and saw that rain was a possibility. Highly doubt that morning they were running around moving the location at the last second. Their team is not special for doing what literally any other special event coordinator would do.

  19. Casey02 says:

    Uh, they kept the RR in the dark so they HATE the fact they couldn’t dictate the narrative!! Meghan is proving that the RF doesn’t need the RR. If William would get over his jealousy, he and Kate could benefit as well!!! They have suffered abuse from RR in the past as well…RR gave Kate the name Waity and William the reluctant. I think the Queen and Charles are pleased with Meghan. However, they have been conditioned to believe that the focus should be on William, even if he isn’t doing ANYTHING!!! Therefore the appeasement of the tantrums by William

  20. Caitlyn says:

    Am I the only one who wants to call on a Grace Kelly comparison on behalf on Meghan? American Princess abroad… American film actress turned European Royalty… she made a large contribution before she died in a car wreck… not unlike Diana… just saying…

    • Tiffany says:

      Nope. Grace Kelly was allowed to be Grace Kelly-Princess of Monaco because her history, the start and eventual marriage to Rainier, and past was complete whitewashed.

      • kerwood says:

        That’s right. Nobody talked about the fact that at the time of her marriage Grace Kelly had a reputation of sleeping with every middle-aged MARRIED man she worked with. Hollywood wives were up in arms about her. Or that the Kelly family weren’t exactly the classiest of families, even if they did have money. And Monaco was a nothing little tax-haven and Ranier decided that marrying a movie-star would be good for publicity and Grace was the one who said ‘yes’.

      • Enn says:

        The Kelly family was well respected in Philadelphia.

      • notasugarhere says:

        And that Rainier wanted Marilyn Monroe first, but had to be persuaded by advisors that an arranged marriage with Grace was a better choice.

      • Lady D says:

        @kerwood: Well, there goes that fairytale.

    • Amy says:

      Except that Meghan was never a successful film actress….

    • Tiffany says:

      @NOTA. That’s right. I totally forgot he was interested in Marilyn.

    • A says:

      “she made a large contribution before dying in a car wreck” Lmao, the implication in this and the ominous af ellipses…but I’m sure you’re “just saying” right?

  21. Rina says:

    Media scrutiny of Meghan is entrenched in racism, classism, sexism, marital status (divorced, remarried), and xenophobia. The attacks on her have reached a fever pitch with no end in sight. Ugh! The racist photo/tweet by the BBC radiohost was vile in more ways than one. 🙁 How and when did this hate campaign against Meghan begin?

    I wish that the media highlighted the various causes and charities she supports.

  22. Citresse says:

    Yes I quite liked the indoor location.

  23. kerwood says:

    Why is this a THING? Why are people STILL talking about how this little baby was presented to the world? Which, by the way, was a courtesy generously given by the parents.

    The announcement and presentation was fine. We saw the happy parents and beautiful baby. What more were they expecting? Are some journalists angry because they didn’t get a personalized, handwritten invitation delivered by either Harry or Megan? This nitpicking is so pitiful I can’t believe that professional journalists have so much time on their hands and so much pettiness in their hearts.

    There seem to be so many people who are so DESPERATE to find something hateful to say. They know they can’t get away with calling a newborn a monkey, so I suppose this is the best they can do. Harry and Megan have given these people so little to criticize them for that this nonsense is the result. Meanwhile, others are getting away with all kinds of shit. Pathetic.

  24. Chatty Cath says:

    I spent two years at school in Windsor and have family connections. It’s a truly beautiful place not just the Castle and the River Thames. Megan and Harry chose their home well. Dare I say the place has magic?

  25. Yoyo says:

    On an Australian Morning TV Show, this reporter was doing a live remote in Windsor, a car pass by and a child 5/6 years old wound down the back window and gave the camera his middle finger, the news people in Australia, just lost control of the show laughing their arses off.

    • AryasMum says:

      Like a feisty little Harry with his tongue out at the reporters. Diana had to snatch him away from the car window.

    • Olenna says:

      I saw that video–little rascal. My fav video, though, was the Welsh lady who was asked how much longer did she think the wait would be before the baby arrived and she said (paraphrased), “I don’t know. I’ve never been in labour; I only voted labour”.

  26. TheOriginalMia says:

    It was flawless! I loved seeing them inside St George and later with the Queen, Phillip and Doria. That was an amazing photo. Not on for its historical significance, but also for the relaxed familial glimpse into the royal’s lives. The royals looked like normal grandparents greeting the newest addition to their family.it was lovely!

  27. Jay says:

    I don’t know much about babies, but like aren’t MOST of them peaceful and placid three days out of the womb when all they do is sleep? Like unless they are sick or have colic or whatever happens to babies when they exist

    • jeanne says:

      yes. when i had my baby, my sister (a labor and delivery nurse) said don’t spend all night looking at your new baby. sleep. this is the only time he’s going to sleep for 2 days straight. naturally, i didn’t listen.

    • Suze says:

      Yup. My baby was so sweet while we were in the hospital. Fussed a bit, but was easily calmed by nursing and cuddling. The day we brought him home he spent about eight hours cluster feeding, and screaming when he wasn’t at the breast. I had a breakdown at 11 that night, begged my husband to take him for “just an hour” so I could get some sleep.

      That first week home – without the support of the wonderful nurses at the hospital – was effin rough.

    • PrincessK says:

      I was in hospital with my second baby, who was crying, and the nurse said she was very hungry, and asked for my permission to give her a bottle. I said yes, the baby then had a good sleep and so did I.

  28. Scarlett says:

    I loved the whole reveal, it seemed so cozy and intimate, and they were glowing, the Sussexes.

    As someone who has two kids, can I just say mad props to her maternity pad game, a white dress 2 day after giving birth, damn, go Megan!! I looked like cousin It lol.

  29. Beech says:

    The haters are bonkers. They manufacture vile laden explanations for everything. There is still padding involved and somehow Prednisone is part of the fraud!!!

  30. one of the Marys says:

    They just don’t want her to succeed at all it’s tedious. she has a team to advise her that is what they’re paid for afterall AND it wasn’t her alone, why doesn’t her husband get criticized for being image conscious?

  31. A says:

    They did a good job. I’m so glad that the communications team is working out for them so far. I can’t imagine what this would have been like if they’d still been with KP. D:

  32. Mrs. Smith says:

    The reason the M&H baby rollout works is because Meghan understands PR. She’s running circles around the other royals because they expect deference, not reality. William especially seems so inept about the press since most of his actions come back to bite him. In other words, if W&K would allow a PR expert to guide them with advice and strategy, they would enjoy the same results. I mean, QEII allowed a photog to capture the moment AND post it to social the same day. She’s onboard!

  33. sunshine gold says:

    I guess they’re new parents so they don’t know that most every 2-day old baby is peaceful and placid, but it’s such a cliched, useless description of a baby….. Let’s check back in one month

  34. MA says:

    It was a major coup. I’m so impressed by how perfect it was. It should be the new royal standard going forward. The photo with the Doria, the Queen and Philip is one for the history books. Even die hard republicans and non royal watchers were gushing over it. I’m so pleased for the Sussexes. Some of the more unhinged royal reporters are shrieking into the abyss but literally no one cares about the press’ feelings. People will always choose cuteness photos and interviews.

  35. xo says:

    Meg’s kind of got crazy-eye in those pictures, though. . .

  36. Clementine says:

    With Megan’s face being a bit fuller, she looks so much more like her mom! Especially her eyes. Beautiful!

  37. Citresse says:

    I just love HM’s smile in this photo!!!

  38. Lilly (with the double-L) says:

    Yes!

  39. Anissa says:

    Everybody who doesn’t like Meghan is a racist. That’s the only reason.

  40. notasugarhere says:

    Difficult when W&K are constantly playing games and publicly undermining others.

    W&K are already trying to claim a joint mental health project as their own, cutting down the role Harry and Meghan had in the initiation and building of the project. Too bad one of the charities involved responded by releasing video of Harry and Meghan working on the project months ago.

  41. Mego says:

    I wondered what is up with that. Hard to believe the four of them sat down together and planned this out. Also any “secret” meetings Will and Kate had around this would have been leaked.

  42. notasugarhere says:

    I liked that that charity wasn’t going to play the KP game, that they released that video showing it has been Harry and Meghan working on this from the beginning.

  43. Noway says:

    First Kate, William and Harry, before Meghan, have been working on mental health issues together for years with the Heads Up campaign. Harry has said a lot of this he did because of his issues with grief about his mother, and he credits his brother with getting him to realize he needed help. I know you hate William, but those are Harry’s words. The Shout initiative will give online and telephone access to mental health providers for British citizens. This is a good thing, and the fact that the future King of England is involved in it is also a good thing. If Meghan and Harry are as PR savvy as people think they are this is actually a great time to announce this initiative with all four of them, and yes both Meghan and Harry’s name are on this Shout program rollout.

    Meghan and Harry will never be the King and Queen Consort of England. William’s kids will get it before him, even if something God awful happens. Plus, I’m sure Meghan and Harry are happy they will never be that too, as people just love to squash the one who is going to get it. I tell you what I am worried about is how the Sussex fanatics are going to be in a few years. Sorry but that much blind devotion and adulation for people always seems to turn around. Ask William when he was thought of as the gorgeous Prince for years, or Andrew, or Charles, or even Diana.

  44. Nic919 says:

    I’m far more worried about the Cambridge fanatics who are openly linked to racists and MAGAs who go where Meghan has been and start stalking her like that one fool did in New York when the shower information was made public. We have all seen the violence that white supremacists have done recently and the Cambridge fanatics are all linked to those extreme mindsets. It is no coincidence that the worst social media Cambridge fans are white Americans who support the orange fascist.

  45. Vanessa says:

    As long as Meghan and Harry continued to do good works they will continue to have supported of their fans . The reason why people no longer care for the Cambridge is because they both refused to work their lack of work ethic caused the tide of the public to change when William and Kate first got married they were build up as the golden couple Kate was build up as this perfect English rose the people princess had those two had hit the ground running like they both claim they would do in their engagement interview. People wouldn’t have a issue with them like or not the Cambridge brought the dislike on themselves.

  46. kerwood says:

    Well said.

    If Megan and Harry (and now Archie) are so unimportant, then why do so many Cambridge supporters spend so much time trying to tear them down? Leave us supporters of the ‘minor’ royals to enjoy the new family and they can bask in the glory that is the future King and Queen Consort.

  47. Wendy says:

    Oh dear, where do us Sussex AND Cambridge fanatics go?
    Won’t anyone think of us poor souls who just Royal watch and love babies without having to pit anyone against the other?

    I’m an American, I am fascinated with the history, the art, the buildings and the whole pageantry associated with this group. I do Puzzle at some of the posts that seemingly ‘know’ the inner motivations and thoughts of these complete strangers, but ultimately I’m here for the dog and pony show.

    I like’em all….now do something that brings out the tiaras!

  48. PrincessK says:

    @Kerwood, my sentiments exactly…..the problem is Cambridge fans are not really interested in William and Kate, they are mentally tormented by the fact that all they really want is the people they are trying to hate so much.

  49. Olenna says:

    @Kerwood,
    I read an interesting article not long ago that shed some of light on why the most hateful and bitter-sounding of the anti-Meghan crowd act the way they do online. The author said these people are inherently cruel and cowardly. They target people like celebrities and politicians as a way to satisfy a compulsion to abuse others without penalty.

  50. Wendy says:

    You mean like….here?

  51. Lady D says:

    Funny, yet not.