The Sussexes should remember who pays for their silly secrecy

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The Sussexes should remember who pays for their silly secrecy

Ordinary Britons and the media were shut out of Archie's christening, and they're getting pretty cheesed off

Harry Mount

You can hardly get more private than the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened on Saturday. Unlike the exposed St George’s Chapel, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married in 2018, the tiny chapel is buried deep in the bowels of the state rooms at Windsor.

Archie’s journey from Frogmore Cottage, the Sussexes’ nearby home, was short and discreet, too, with access to the castle through the private entrance. So the eight-week-old’s adorable face was not be exposed to the world in any way other than the one in which his parents wanted.

The British public’s relationship with Harry is a particularly special one, and after the cruel, early death of his mother under pursuit by paparazzi – and that heartstopping walk he made with his brother behind her coffin in 1997 – they have always sympathised with his desire for privacy. But the announcement that the christening of their son would be private led to a growing sense that the Sussexes are going too far...

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