Meghan Markle Ripped to Shreds by the Press for Keeping Baby's Birth Private

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They are not making friends with the media. The British press is bent out of shape over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, since they announced last week that they'll not be posing for the traditional photo op with Baby Sussex after the birth. Although they want to celebrate privately "as a family" first, journalists view a royal baby as their right, and are pretty upset they're being denied access to the little one. 

  • The Sun even accused the couple of infringing on their "royal rights."

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    According to The New York Times, an anonymous writer for Britain’s highest-circulation tabloid said on April 12, "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."

    Photographer Arthur Edwards, 78, went on record, saying, "It's the way Harry is at the moment, he's just got this bee in his bonnet that all the media are to be ignored. Harry used to be the best of all of them. We'd get together in a pub and we'd talk about everything, get it off our plate. It would be frank and open, and you never reported it. Now, it's not even 'Good morning.' Nothing. He treats us just like telegraph poles now." Edwards has photographed five royal births, including Prince Harry's. 

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  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced last week that they're taking a nontraditional approach to introducing their baby to the world.

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    The palace released a statement on Thursday, reading, "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."

    They also shared that the new parents will do an interview and photoshoot on the grounds of Windsor Castle, with only one reporter, one photographer, and one TV camera. Harry and Meghan also generously agreed to at least announce the birth on their new Instagram account. 

  • It's quite the departure from Kate Middleton, who showed off all three of her babies on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London.

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    Another anonymous journalist skewered Meghan, saying, "This is the shattering of a tradition that goes back for decades. There is a price to be paid for that, and that price is mockery."

    Columnist Jan Moir wrote, "While a new baby is a deeply personal and private event, a royal baby is also a totem of national celebration, a beacon of British joy. What is the point of royals unless we can celebrate their baby royals in a totally bonkers British orgy of bunting, popping corks and knitted bootees? Two or three days later, it just won't be the same."

  • Can we all just give Harry and Meghan a break, though?

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    Unlike his or her cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, Baby Sussex is not in the direct line to the throne. We can't blame Meghan for not wanting to be "on" within hours of giving birth with photography-worthy hair and makeup. We can't all be Kate Middleton, after all. 

    We're sure we'll get plenty of opportunities to see Harry and Meghan's baby -- even if it's not as soon as we wanted.