British Public Upset Over Baby Archie's Private Christening -- Do They Have a Point?

British Public Upset Over Baby Archie's Private Christening -- Do They Have a Point?906
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July 6 marks the christening of the youngest member of the British Royal family - Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The intimate ceremony, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, would take place Saturday afternoon in the private chapel at Windsor Castle.

Unlike previous royal christenings, this time, Archie's parents would not share with the public the names of the baby's godparents.

Typically, the Church of England requires baptisms to be a matter of public record, with a section to enlist all the godparents. In the royal case, however, the register for the chapel would be kept private, and media would be excluded from the event. The family photographer Chris Allerton would release a few photographs later on Saturday, Buckingham Palace added.

It is worth mentioning that Prince William and Catherine Middleton also kept the baptisms of their three children rather private, but they allowed the media to capture the arrival of the family and the guests. Also, the names of the godparents of all their kids were made public.

The Buckingham Palace announced that baby Archie would wear a handmade replica of the traditional royal christening robe. The Queen ordered a replica of the original one made in 1841 to preserve it. 

The replica robe was used for the christenings of all the Queen's great-grandchildren, including Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

The decision of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to keep the christening of baby Archie away from the public has drawn a wave of criticism from the taxpayers and the British media alike.

Earlier this month, the media announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly spent USD 3 million of taxpayers' money to renovate their first family home fully. 

As the Daily Telegraph pointed out, Meghan Markle was arguably right to ask privacy for baby Archie while the taxpayers were funding the refurbishment of her home. 

The Sunday Times cited the royal biographer Penny Junor as saying that the Sussex family could not have it all. In her view, they should choose whether they want to keep their life private and pay for their home or welcome some public attention.

The Labor Member of Parliament Luke Pollard added to the discussion saying that the recent behavior of the Sussex couple has been raising concerns. In his view, the public spent on the renovation of their already luxury home, could have been invested in public schools or hospitals. Therefore, Pollard added, the public should get something in return for its money.

What is your opinion? Do you agree or disagree that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are overprotective when it comes to their privacy?