Young Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor has had a big week. On Saturday he was christened in a private ceremony surrounded by family, friends and his new godparents (who are being kept private too!)
A royal photo opportunity?
Yesterday, he popped out to the polo to hang out with his cousins and watch his dad Harry and his Uncle William whack balls with mallets in the name of several charities.
“The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex took part in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy,” the official Kensington Palace account confirmed on Instagram.
“The charity match helped raise funds and awareness for charities supported by Their Royal Highnesses.”
Photographers looked to have been out in full force at this event. While Harry and Meghan have been clear about wanting to keep their baby out of the limelight, heaps of photos of Archie and his cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have popped up online.
We have to admit they’re adorable and it’s so lovely to see the young royals spending time together (and a little bit more of that cheeky Prince Louis, who is clearly the apple of his mum Kate’s eye!)
Royal fans were delighted by this surprise reveal, noting it was one they’d been hoping for.
“The moment we’ve all been waiting for. The duchesses and the kids together,” one fan posted approvingly on Instagram.
It’s hard to know whether this photography was against the wishes of the Sussexes or not.
Perhaps it was a reluctant concession to the media. It follows several weeks of upset and negative press over this push for privacy and Meghan’s supposed flouting of royal protocol.
These things tend not to happen by mistake, so we’re guessing that this was an effort to turn back the tide of nasty sentiment against Meghan and Harry.
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Dia de passeio ao ar livre para a família real britânica! Os Sussex e os Cambridge se reuniram neste dia de sol para o King Power Royal Charity Polo Day, jogo de polo beneficente que teve a participação de Harry e William. O evento foi também escolhido para o primeiro passeio público de Archie com os primos. Qual seu clique favorito? (Fotos @gettyimages) #MeghanMarkle #KateMiddleton
Pre-wedding the pair were the darlings of royal watchers and the press, but things have swung the other way since Meg’s popped off on maternity leave and mostly disappeared from view.
Meghan’s mostly concealing Archie’s face in the swathe of photos being published, which may indicate that she was reconciled to being photographed, but still keen to protect her little boy. She doesn’t look very happy, either.
And who can blame her? Harry has spoken often of the difficult experience he had growing up in the spotlight. Why shouldn’t the pair have full control over his public exposure, as other ‘normal ‘parents do?
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The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex took part in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy. The charity match helped raise funds and awareness for charities supported by Their Royal Highnesses. Swipe to see some of the organisations who were being supported: 2. The English Schools Swimming Association, which encourages school children to learn to swim and compete at several levels – for their school, their district and their country. 3. Fields in Trust, who champion and support our parks and green spaces by protecting them for people to enjoy in perpetuity. 4. The Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund, which helps provide financial support to injured soldiers and their families, including those who have lost their lives on active service. 5. Irish Guards Appeal, which provides welfare support to both serving and former members of the Regiment and their families. 6. Mountain Rescue England and Wales, an entirely voluntary service who work on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 7. The Royal Marsden, a world-leading cancer centre specialising in cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and education. 8. The Passage, providing homeless people with support to transform their own lives. 9. Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust, which supports severely injured players from Wales. Other organisations to benefit include African Parks, Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, The Invictus Games Foundation, Map Action, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, RFU Injured Players Foundation and Rhino Conservation Botswana. The event raised £1 million for the fifteen benefitting charities. 📷 PA