The proud parents were more than happy to share pictures of the special moment with their newly baptized newborn.
First, it was baby Archie's arrival that we eagerly anticipated. Then, it was photos of Baby Sussex. And now, the excitement built until Saturday 6th July - his christening and the announcement of his godparents. But most of all, a first look at the newborn who's stolen hearts even before he can walk.
Though the royal family has always kept such ceremonies public, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have broken tradition by keeping it hush hush. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was baptized in front of close family and friends in the Queen's Private Chapel at Windsor Castle. The full list of the 25 guests was not been made public.
There was no televised coverage nor were there any press photographers. Instead, the royal couple opted for a private photographer, Chris Allerton, to capture these moments later, after which the pictures were be posted on their official Instagram handle, Sussexroyal. They made good on it because this is the first look of Archie and his parents.
The official photographs were taken in Windsor Castle's Green Drawing Room and the Rose Garden, Buckingham Palace said. And here is one of the full family in attendance. The official photograph includes Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale - the sisters of Prince Harry's mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
He donned the handmade replica of the royal christening robe, according to the Buckingham Palace, in front of just 25 guests, reported Metro UK.
The first to have reportedly arrived were Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, according to the Independent UK's live update. Doria Ragland, Meghan's mother was present too. Also attending were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton. However, their little ones didn't seem to be in tow.
They may not have been there but royal fans certainly lined up outside Windsor Castle to celebrate this special occasion. John Loughrey, a 64-year-old retired chef from Streatham, told the Telegraph UK he had been there with a banner, bunting and American flags since 4 P.M. on Friday. Mr. Loughrey, a royal fan of 22-years, said, “I'm here to see Meghan and Harry and their first born child - I'm looking forward to seeing them in the future because at the moment we aren't seeing them as a family that much."
However, it wasn't completely smooth sailing for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They received severe criticism from the public for not allowing this to be an event open to all.
According to CNN, this criticism had been mounting for months. And not just about the private state of the ceremony, but also over the fact that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were not ready to name Archie's godparents. Hot on the heels of this break in tradition was the news that British taxpayers footed a £2.4 million (about $3 million) bill for their home renovation.
Celia Walden: Meghan can't demand privacy for baby Archie while asking the public to fund her family's lifestyle https://t.co/M09wI0fQuz— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) July 1, 2019
The Sunday Times quoted royal biographer Penny Junor as saying, "They can't have it both ways. Either they are totally private, pay for their own house and disappear out of view, or play the game the way it is played."
Additionally, as reported by the Daily Mail, a royal expert claimed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex risk alienating fans if they chose to disclose only stylized shots, as they did with Mother's Day and Father's Day this year.
However, there are some who understand the Duchess of Sussex's decision.
"A christening is a public event, but every mother wants to protect their baby especially because of the shadow looming over them," Professor Chris Imafidon, who is a member of the Royal Historical Society said, reported the Independent UK.
Royal commentator Omid Scobie shares a similar sentiment. "Ultimately this is a private christening for a citizen who will remain private until he is in a position to choose for himself," he said. "Until then, his parents — who are both public figures — will continue to share their own two lives with the world. Seems fair to me."