Originally Posted by Ista
I tend to agree with this. The confusion arises by making announcements and releasing photos but then claiming privacy, when the precedent has been that those things are part of a public royal life. It's confusing, so of course there is push back on it. If the end game is Archie being raised and treated as a private citizen, then a truly private ceremony announced after the fact would have drawn a less confusing boundary.
Were Peter, Zara, and the Wessex children's christening announced ahead of time? They are still private individuals. And certainly, it's great that their godparents didn't mind being named, but if Archie's asked not to be, then that's their choice.
And I don't know how much the announcement mattered. The information was coming out anyways. And the press was already going back and forth with BP asking for a camera to be allowed in to capture the arrival and departure. So I wonder if it's possible to ever not make some sort of announcement with photos. Bottom line is, people seem to want them to follow one method or another, but they aren't in the same situations.