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Old 05-18-2019, 03:23 AM
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I get not announcing it while she was still there but once she and Archie were home why not just announce? The way this and other things around them are handled seem to only add to the amount of stories and rumours rather than the privacy they say they want.
It does not seem to occur to them that this sort of thing attracts more talk and interest than if they just made a simple annoucnment, when they announced the birth. Meg was home by then... so they could just as easily have said that the child was born at the Portland..
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:58 AM
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It does not seem to occur to them that this sort of thing attracts more talk and interest than if they just made a simple annoucnment, when they announced the birth. Meg was home by then... so they could just as easily have said that the child was born at the Portland..
So then they can set up and report from outside the hospital? That defies the part of the point of not doing a photocall. And let’s be honest. They would just to have something else to talk about in the news cycle.
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:16 AM
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I actually don't think most the media would have done that, that would have required someone at the Portland and someone at Windsor which seems unnecessary.
To me they could have just announced it the next day and avoided the fuss all round.
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:21 AM
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I actually don't think most the media would have done that, that would have required someone at the Portland and someone at Windsor which seems unnecessary.
To me they could have just announced it the next day and avoided the fuss all round.
Photographers were also dispatched to the Portland hospital just in case according to Rookie. And it was from a major newspaper rather than freelancers on their own. They hounded the woman that they thought was Meghan’s doula just because she had the unfortunate luck of being photographed near KP doing something else. And we have her personal account of that. They went to people’s houses offering money for information. How is it beyond them to go to Portland?
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:25 AM
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But the speculation around where she gave birth was massive and belied the idea of wanting privacy and by not releasing it they ensured the media would go out of their way to find out where she had given birth.

Anywho, the birth is over, time to move on. Clearly they feel settled enough as a family for Harry to sneak out for a few hours to attend Lady Gabriella's wedding.
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:32 AM
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Good that Meghan gave birth in hospital; homebirth for a first-time mother aged 35+ is definitely too risky.
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:33 AM
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But the speculation around where she gave birth was massive and belied the idea of wanting privacy and by not releasing it they ensured the media would go out of their way to find out where she had given birth.

Anywho, the birth is over, time to move on. Clearly they feel settled enough as a family for Harry to sneak out for a few hours to attend Lady Gabriella's wedding.
The fact of matter is, the story was so hot that they would’ve gone out of their way to find out anything more. We had the interview from Harry, which was simply golden, and some editors still complained that the Queen didn’t say more at the Order of Merit ceremony for them to fill enough pages.
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:03 AM
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But the speculation around where she gave birth was massive and belied the idea of wanting privacy and by not releasing it they ensured the media would go out of their way to find out where she had given birth.

Anywho, the birth is over, time to move on. Clearly they feel settled enough as a family for Harry to sneak out for a few hours to attend Lady Gabriella's wedding.
He went to the Netherlands a few days after his son's birth, so there is little reason why he couldn't attend an in-town wedding almost two weeks after his son was born. Most fathers would have been back at work for a week or so (being generous: assuming that they could take off the week of birth) by this time.
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:57 AM
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But the speculation around where she gave birth was massive and belied the idea of wanting privacy and by not releasing it they ensured the media would go out of their way to find out where she had given birth.

Anywho, the birth is over, time to move on. Clearly they feel settled enough as a family for Harry to sneak out for a few hours to attend Lady Gabriella's wedding.
Of course.

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He went to the Netherlands a few days after his son's birth, so there is little reason why he couldn't attend an in-town wedding almost two weeks after his son was born. Most fathers would have been back at work for a week or so (being generous: assuming that they could take off the week of birth) by this time.
there would be no problem with his taking a few weeks off to be with his wife and son in the first weeks of his life....
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:27 AM
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He went to the Netherlands a few days after his son's birth, so there is little reason why he couldn't attend an in-town wedding almost two weeks after his son was born. Most fathers would have been back at work for a week or so (being generous: assuming that they could take off the week of birth) by this time.
I completely agree, I was just pointing out he did go, especially when the media had long speculated he wouldn't attend.
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there would be no problem with his taking a few weeks off to be with his wife and son in the first weeks of his life....
Yes, he is indeed in that very privileged position. Most new dads don't have that option. Attending a wedding is always up to the guest, although in some cases someone's absence is less appreciated than in others. In this case, it's nice that he attended but he could easily have decided otherwise (assuming that he isn't that close to his second cousin Gabriella).
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:52 AM
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Yes, he is indeed in that very privileged position. Most new dads don't have that option.
Fathers in the UK can take 2 weeks leave.
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:12 AM
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Fathers in the UK can take 2 weeks leave.
Yes and Harry has not even taken a a full week....
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Fathers in the UK can take 2 weeks leave.
Is that paid leave or just time off?
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:36 AM
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Is that paid leave or just time off?
Its paid leave.

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Attending a family wedding is not work.
So Harry attending was an easy choice given that he lives next door.
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:01 PM
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still, he does not seem to be spending that much time at home with wife and baby.. and Imsure his fans would not mind him taking a few weeks off..
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:04 PM
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still, he does not seem to be spending that much time at home with wife and baby.. and Imsure his fans would not mind him taking a few weeks off..


You are KIDDING right?!

He was in Amsterdam for a day? He attended the RWHS for an evening, again in Oxford for a couple of hours (not a long drive from his home if they did indeed drive) and hes attended a family members wedding today next door to his home. To say that accounts to not having spent much time at home with his wife and child is ridiculous.
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:25 PM
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It is ridiculous, Lumutqueen. Harry has been home a lot. He’s done a few events for a few hours since Archie’s birth. He’s bonding just fine with his son. He knows Archie and Meghan have Doria there with them and a whole phalanx of people up at Windsor if something needs to be done in his absence.
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:30 PM
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Totally agree. A drama was created for nothing.
The only "drama" I saw was the reporters whining. Most the reaction was whatever about it. The baby was here and adorable. I hardly saw anyone really pressed over where she gave birth except the a select media who acted like the world was ending because they didn't know. Truly bizarre.
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