Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their first child Archie on May 6 after keeping secretive on details about their birth plan to protect their privacy. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex opted for a private photocall with a few members of the press to introduce their newborn baby to the world rather than appearing in public immediately after the birth like Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Diana did with their children. Royal biographer Andrew Morton suggested their decision for a more controlled approach to Archie’s first photoshoot made the pair appear “more regal”.
Speaking to Yahoo’s The Royal Box, Mr Morton said: “It played out very well. They controlled the narrative, they controlled the photo call.
“We’ve had far more pictures than we would have had if it had just been outside of the hospital because we’ve had that lovely picture of the Queen and Doria Ragland.
“In a funny kind of way, it’s been kind of more regal than previous photo calls.”
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born May 6 at 5.26am and made his first public appearance two days after his birth at London’s Portland Hospital.
Historian Anna Whitelock praised Meghan and Harry for their decision to “blend” royal tradition to their love for modernity through their name announcement on Instagram.
Ms Whitelock said: “We saw a blending of the traditional and the modern.
“We also had that groundbreaking photo of the Queen with Meghan’s mother – really, a celebration of this new multiethnic Royal Family. This is about a new age of social media engagement.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reiterated their appreciation for social media by sharing never-before-seen pictures taken last year during their wedding celebrations to mark their one-year anniversary on Sunday.
The photographs, many in black and white, capture special moments from last year’s royal wedding, including an intimate picture showing Meghan with mum Doria Ragland.
Other images show Prince Harry excitedly heading to the church with older brother Prince William and Meghan being handed her bridal bouquet.
Commenting on the Duke and Duchess’ first wedding anniversary, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams said the couple have had a “truly amazing year” that has also featured numerous trips abroad.
This included a tour around Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji, as well as Morocco and even Dublin.
Mr Fitzwilliams previously told Express.co.uk: “Their wedding was a global event and subsequently they have become one of the world’s power couples.
“They have had successful trips abroad, Meghan coped brilliantly when pregnant.