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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could have made Archie Harrison’s birth announcement a “touch earlier”, claimed a royal historian. Victoria Howard, founder of The Crown Chronicles and Replicate Royalty, believes the timing was “slightly off” as the couple wanted to make sure they had informed friends and family beforehand. The royal expert told Express.co.uk: “I think the timing was slightly off because obviously it was so early when Meghan actually had the baby and they wanted to make sure they had informed all their family and then their friends before making any announcement. I guess that’s understandable and they were very clear they wanted to keep this quite private.

“I don’t think I’m surprised at it, but I think the announcement should have been made a touch earlier.”

On the birth announcement, Ms Howard also said: “It’s definitely not what we’re used to, of course with William and Kate’s three children the press were outside Lindo Wing, we are literally staring at live feed cameras.

“That was very different, there was no waiting around anticipating ’someone’s coming out of the door’. So it was less stressful from a personal point of view for working and reporting on it.

“And to some extent I think that was nicer because there wasn’t all this stress leading up to it essentially.

“We were just waiting to hear that moment that it had actually happened.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had Buckingham Palace confirm they had welcomed a baby son at 5.26am on Monday, May 6.

The announcement came less than an hour after the Palace, which manages the couple’s communication office since their split from Prince William and Kate’s household in March, had revealed the Duchess of Sussex had been in labour.

The decision to delay informing the public sparked fury among some royal fans. But royal expert Tina Brown suggested the decision had been made specifically to cater to all members of the public waiting on news about the royal baby’s arrival.

Speaking to CBS News, Ms Brown said: “I do think it’s quite interesting that she actually gave birth at 5am but they didn’t release it until nearly 2pm in the afternoon – which means they have an eye across the pond.

“Meghan is always going to be America-directed in the way she wants the press to unfold and America doesn’t get up until then.

“That’s when it got released.”

Meghan Markle, who was born and grew up in Los Angeles, also insisted the US press be allowed to take part in the royal baby’s first photo call alongside the British press.

Meghan Markle picked her close friend and CBS broadcaster, Gayle King, to be at Windsor Castle when she introduces her son, whom the couple announced is named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

A source said Ms King’s invite was made to “reflect the international interest in the story”, according to the Daily Mail.

The photocall was organised after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced in March they would not take part in a public photo shoot immediately after the birth.

Meghan Markle is widely expected to attend Trooping the Colour.

Meghan’s sister-in-law, Kate, Duchess of Sussex, attended the event when Prince Louis was six weeks old, and Meghan is expected to follow her lead.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “I think Meghan’s next public appearance will be at Trooping of the Colour because that is an absolutely key royal event.

“I imagine she won’t miss appearing on the balcony with Harry and all the other members of the Royal Family.”

There’ll be another senior royal making their first public appearance in a while at Trooping the Colour on Saturday too.

Little Prince Louis, who recently celebrated his first birthday, is expected to make his first appearance on the balcony.

Louis’s appearance at 13 months will be a similar age to his brother and sister, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.



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