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Old 07-07-2019, 12:23 AM
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Delightful pictures and a very handsome wee baby. His chubby cheeks and expressive eyes. The Sussexes are so cheesy naming their red haired son Archie though lol! Here's hoping that he doesn't get teased for a comic book character ��.
Apparently, he’ll be in good company regarding the name department in London.
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Old 07-07-2019, 01:34 AM
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It just seems to me that in the efforts to keep things private, we end up with more drama than is necessary.
Perhaps, but the drama is occurring only in the minds of the media and royal fans who are creating, pandering, and/or being caught up in this overwrought narrative. The royal family and the Sussexes in particular are simply trying to respectfully and peacefully go about their business without undue fanfare. The Sussexes don't make decisions without thinking them through. They clearly believe it's better for their son and his godparents to not have their intimate relationships constantly scrutinized and endlessly written about. If the godparents were revealed, there would be story upon story about everyone who was selected, and lots of digging into their backgrounds for whatever could be found out and obsessed over and written about in a negative fashion.

Unfortunately, that's what's been happening to Meghan and everyone closely associated with her ever since H&M began dating. But sadly the worst development that led to ratcheted-up negative frenzy was when someone released palace scuttlebut to the press last November after the Sussexes returned from their enormously successful South Pacific tour. Give the tabloid press an inch and they'll take over hundreds of acres.

No amount of palace p.r. that has been generated recently (way too late) in an attempt to smooth over that egregious faux pas and its aftermath, is going to be able to erase or calm down the media frenzy and negative erroneous narratives that have grown exponentially, specifically targeted against Meghan. The nasty rumors and negative stories should have been dealt with much sooner. By this point the media has turned those questionable leaked tidbits into some kind of monster that refuses to die. What someone didn't realize however, is that nothing negative thrown at the Sussexes is going to change who they actually are. In every public appearance, who they are individually and as a team shines through forcefully and clearly. They can't be blamed for being themselves and for desiring to put their best foot forward in advocating for and supporting good causes, while still being able to have a peaceful, private life raising their offspring.

Another thing that the petty leakers and persons behind the leaks didn't seem to realize is that Meghan is not going anywhere. She's part of the royal family. And when one member of the royal family is treated outrageously nastily, it ends up looking bad for the whole firm. Particularly in view of the fact that Meghan is a smart, kind, accomplished member of the family who is in love with her husband, and who has brought a lot of hard work and positive assets to the firm. She's also quite human and fallible like everyone else, and she doesn't deserve this level of OTT, inaccurate stories being written about her character. The press is bringing the drama and the negativity, not the Sussexes.

The contradictions abounding in this 'circus-like' atmosphere surrounding the Sussexes contain so many fascinating social/psychological, and social/cultural twists and turns. Still, make no mistake that the Sussexes will continue preserving their privacy and doing their best to keep the circus noise and nonsense far at bay away from the raising of their little boy, who btw, seems to be rather calm and collected. That's cool, because Archie will need those reserves of calmness and strength of character as he grows up in the royal firm as a cousin of the young Cambridges. It appears that Archie (currently at least) is shaping up to be more sought after and written about than is truly necessary.

Probably the courtiers are hoping the opposite will become the case as the Cambridge kids continue to grow. Hopefully, the spotlight will be more on George, Charlotte and Louis, and fingers-crossed that they will be able to handle it with deft aplomb. Little Charlotte already is handling the press nonsense quite beautifully. As Charlotte bossily told reporters last year at Louis' christening, "You can't come!" She meant the reporters couldn't follow her family into where they were gathering for refreshments. ...
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Old 07-07-2019, 01:58 AM
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I think the situation with Thomas Markle is a very unfortunate one, and nobody comes out smelling of roses here.

Thomas has not exactly emerged as a the paragon of fatherly virtue, and it does not appear likely that he will be getting to see his grandson or son0-in-law any time soon.

As regards Meghan, the last thing she would have wanted was the unnecessary embarrassment and heartache this very public situation has brought. And unfortunately, standing where we are, it does not appear the situation will be resolving itself any time soon.
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Old 07-07-2019, 02:23 AM
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Wonder how long Doria had been there. I guess she left her house in the middle of the night and had a private entrance to LAX and a lot of PET . and a private exit at Heathrow or Gatwick. She looks really nice and I wonder that broche she has on her coat from where is it? It might look subreal for her now to be so many times in Windsor and now through her daughter related to the royal familly
My sister and I were just saying that today, that Doria never dreamed that some day she would be meeting with and related to the Queen of England, the future King and future, future King. You just never know what life has in store for you.
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Old 07-07-2019, 02:42 AM
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...g-picture.html

Body language expert Judi James said Prince William looked like he was going into 'nightclub bouncer mode' and Kate's 'ready to flee' pose in the official snap could show awkwardness or a desire not to 'upstage'.
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Old 07-07-2019, 02:47 AM
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Body language expert Judi James said Prince William looked like he was going into 'nightclub bouncer mode' and Kate's 'ready to flee' pose in the official snap could show awkwardness or a desire not to 'upstage'.
Quite a ridiculous article, IMO!
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Old 07-07-2019, 02:49 AM
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Body language expert Judi James said Prince William looked like he was going into 'nightclub bouncer mode' and Kate's 'ready to flee' pose in the official snap could show awkwardness or a desire not to 'upstage'.
I’m skeptical about how one photo can give even a body language “expert” anything to work from. A video, maybe.
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Old 07-07-2019, 02:49 AM
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There’s a part of me that thought Mr. Markle was going to be there. I have to admit it. Now, we see that absolutely nothing has changed in that situation. His absence from the Christening was extremely clear.
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Old 07-07-2019, 03:04 AM
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So, if Archie is "not royal and a private citizen' as some posters claim here, why did he have all the trappings of a royal christening including being baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a royal chapel using the silver gilt Lily Font, water from the River Jordan, and the ivory Honiton lace and satin gown used for all royal babies’ baptisms since the reign of Queen Victoria?



And, as a private citizen, why is his baptism certificate not being kept in the local parish register where it can be seen by anyone according to law upon paying a modest fee ? Instead, Dickie Arbiter is telling us that his baptism record will be kept separately at Windsor Castle to be made " available to historians" at some unspecified point in the future.
Baptismal records are kept by the church where the baptism ocurred, in this case the Windsor chapel.

A number of babies of non-Royal descendants of Queen Victoria have recently worn the replica gown for Christening—Savannah & Isla Phillips, Mia & Lena Tindall and Maud & Isabella Windsor.

And FWIW, I think the Sussexes should have announced the names of the godparents. Archie is 7th in line in the succession and his father is a Prince and Royal Duke.
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Old 07-07-2019, 04:09 AM
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Archie is very cute. He looks a lot like Meghan.
Harry is underdressed, sorry.
And I love the look on William's face
No, Harry looks absolutely perfect. His suits cut, the colour is perfect for a summer´s christening. I am so happy he abandoned wearing the typical stuffy black businessmen´s shoes...
Don´t know your experiences of christenings (if they do take place at all these days...) in moder Germany. But if they do, father´s here often do not even wear ties for it!
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Old 07-07-2019, 04:29 AM
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Don´t know your experiences of christenings (if they do take place at all these days...) in moder Germany. But if they do, father´s here often do not even wear ties for it!



But then often the child who is baoptized often does not wear a tradtional chrstening gown but instead boys wear a little suit for example. But i would not compare christenings of normal people with christenings of royal/noble children.
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But then often the child who is baoptized often does not wear a tradtional chrstening gown but instead boys wear a little suit for example. But i would not compare christenings of normal people with christenings of royal/noble children.

It is a "formal" occasion when you make it one or want it to be! Harry was not just any guest, he was the father of the baby who was going to be christened. So he and his wife were the ones who could decide how "formal" or informal it would be, royal or not!
This is not a coronation ! It was a PRIVATE christening in summer´s England 2019. Cannot think of people reactions, the fits, if Harry (like many men actually do) wore a white T-shirt under his suit jacket...! Would love to see their faces when they took first looks at the photos...
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Old 07-07-2019, 09:01 AM
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It’s lovely to see the Spencer’s included. I love that Harry always includes his maternal family at important milestones. And it seems that they provided him maternal care and comfort after Diana.
Archie looks just like Meghan with ginger hair and Harry’s colouring.
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Old 07-07-2019, 09:27 AM
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Bonny baby!
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Old 07-07-2019, 11:02 AM
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Roya Nikkah is reporting that one of Archie's godfathers was Charlie van Straubenzee. An unsurprising choice.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/n...yone-nmhg7fxjr

If this is true, I don't believe a second that van Straubenzee insisted on remaining private and not named publicly as godparent, given his history with both William and Harry.
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If this is true, I don't believe a second that van Straubenzee insisted on remaining private and not named publicly as godparent, given his history with both William and Harry.
I agree. Nor do I think Tiggy Pettifer would have requested to remain private if she is a godmother as speculated.
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Old 07-07-2019, 11:32 AM
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So cute He has such an angelic face on the left picture. My mom thought he was a girl on that picture
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Archie really is adorable. I guess the next time we’ll see him is on the tour. I wonder if he will have curls.
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Harry's wingman 'is Archie's godfather': Charlie van Straubenzee is named after christening - but secretive Prince and Meghan still refuse to reveal truth despite praising mystery godparents in social media post
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Old 07-07-2019, 02:08 PM
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If this is true, I don't believe a second that van Straubenzee insisted on remaining private and not named publicly as godparent, given his history with both William and Harry.
The issue is probably they had to do all in or all out. Either release all the godparents names or none. Charlie like his brother would have no issue having his name out. But clearly others did. It would seem bizarre if some names were released and others not....
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