For the old romantics among us, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are the dream couple. From their wonderful meet-cute right through to their breathtaking wedding ceremony, the span of their whole relationship is nothing short of goals. And their relationship culminated in a truly beautiful way – through the birth of the couple’s first baby.
Baby Archie was eventually introduced to the world after much secrecy during Meghan’s pregnancy. The entire world was gushing over the royal baby, but there is just one person who hasn’t shared this enthusiasm – Meghan’s dad.
Keep scrolling to learn about why the new grandad hasn’t met his grandson yet, and why it’s looking pretty likely that he won’t be meeting him any time soon…
Being born into the royal family meant he had the spotlight on him pretty much from his birth, in September 1984.
His mother, Princess Diana, died tragically in a car accident in 1997, when Harry was just twelve years old.
But most agree that Harry has handled it with grace and dignity (a few slight scandals aside).
He’s known for being a little bit cheeky, but it’s clear that he has a heart of gold.
But in 2016, he met actress, Meghan Markle, and things seemed to change for him. He was blown away by the US television star.
Markle was best known for her role in Suits.
In the US drama, Markle plays a brilliant paralegal named Rachel Zane. Before her high-profile relationship with Harry, this was how the vast majority of the public knew her.
This image of the star in her youth, posing for a tourist snap outside her future home, Buckingham Palace, was shared online when Harry and Meghan got together.
They were set up by mutual friends, who thought that the two might be a good match. They went public with their relationship in 2017, with one of their first appearances at the Toronto Invictus Games.
Whenever they were spotted together, they looked the living image of love’s young dream, unable to stop catching each other’s eyes and grinning.
They subsequently announced their engagement in November 2017
The wedding took place on May 19th 2018, and it was one of the most-watched television events of all time.
One that particularly captured the internet’s attention was the moment that Harry lifted Meghan’s veil. Many thought that the look between the two was super romantic.
It combined British royalty with a whole host of American celebrities. At what other event would you find Oprah, Tom Hardy, the Beckhams, and Princess Eugenie?
He seems to have a down-to-earth, self-deprecating sense of humor which has endeared him to the general public.
Harry has a charmingly childlike side, which is shown here as he jokes with his friend, David Henson’s, daughter Emily.
Which made the announcement of Meghan’s pregnancy all the more exciting!
So, people were naturally very excited at the announcement of the couple’s pregnancy.
And people were quick to speculate who the baby will look like the most.
The joint nationality of Harry and Meghan’s baby was the source of much (tongue-in-cheek) speculation about an overarching plan by the royals.
Meghan and Harry were pictured together many times during Meghan’s pregnancy, with the mom-to-be always looking amazingly polished and put-together.
In early April, Buckingham Palace released this statement:
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby. Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”
And some people weren’t happy about the breaking of this tradition.
The New York Times noted that British tabloid, The Sun, wrote, “Keeping the nation in the dark over details, even after the birth, is a bad look for the royal couple […] The public has a right to know about the lives of those largely funded by their taxes. You can accept that, or be private citizens. Not both.”
Kate Middleton was criticized pretty badly for her post-birth photocalls.
Actress, Kiera Knightly, in an article called ‘The Weaker Sex’, published in Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies), wrote that Kate put on “The face the world wants to see”. “Hide,” she continued, “Hide our pain, our bodies splitting, our breasts leaking, our hormones raging. Look beautiful. Look stylish, don’t show your battleground, Kate…. Don’t show. Don’t tell. Stand there with your girl and be shot by a pack of male photographers.”
So can she really be blamed for taking the moment for herself, and her new family, rather than exposing herself and her baby to the public eye (and criticism) so soon after the birth? We don’t think so.
Buckingham Palace announced the Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a baby son weighing 7lbs 3oz.
Instead, a visibly ecstatic Prince Harry greeted the press and announced the safe delivery of his new son. Harry gushed, “How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, but we’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there.”
On May 8th, a whole 2 days after the birth, Harry and Meghan walked into a room of selected media in Windsor Castle, cradling “Baby Sussex.”
On Instagram, of all places.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was officially introduced to the world with an adorable candid shot of the full family.
Meghan’s dad, Thomas Markle.
His absence since Meghan became a part of the Royal Family instantly spurred suspicions that there has been a family feud, and when he failed to attend her wedding to Harry due to “health problems,” well, it only seemed to pour fuel on the fire.
Speaking on British breakfast show, Good Morning Britain, back in 2018, Thomas insisted that he had apologized to Meghan in regards to the stunted paparazzi pictures that he agreed to pose for in exchange for payment – but she simply continued to “ghost” him.
The former Hollywood lighting director made a very recent dig at Meghan and Harry’s consistent use of private jets.
“I’ve still never met my son-in-law. Why couldn’t Prince Harry have got on a plane and flown to see me to ask for her hand?” he said to The Sun.
“He obviously has no problem getting on private jets.”
A source told The Sun that “it’s a terribly sad situation but Meghan has made the very difficult decision that she doesn’t have an active relationship with her father anymore.”
“This was actually a decision she made some time ago and it is something she’s now coming to terms with,” the source went on to say.
The Royal couple have made their intentions perfectly clear and it seems pretty obvious that they don’t want Thomas having anything to do with baby Archie.
“It’s obviously heartbreaking for her but she has to protect herself, her husband and her son,” the source said.
In his interview with The Sun, Thomas went on to say: “I would like them to send me a picture of Archie so I can frame it and put it on my wall beside the one of Meghan.”
“Of course I’m disappointed not to see Archie. I had hoped becoming a mother would mellow Meghan and she would reach out.”
He went on to say, “Everyone raves about how gracious and wonderful they are but they are not wonderful to their own family.”
And we have no idea about what is said or what goes on behind closed doors.
It is clear that Meghan no longer wants her dad in her new, and much more polished life, and Thomas is going to have to simply accept the fact that his daughter has chosen her new family over her old.