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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle dance with South African surfers on Day 2 of royal tour – National

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex danced their way into Day 2 of their royal tour as they met with Cape Town non-profit organization Waves for Change.

The couple started their day off at the beach, joining a group of change-makers in a quick dance session before taking a seat in the sand.

Prince Harry, 34, and Meghan Markle, 38, could be spotted wiggling their hips and clapping their thighs, doubled over in laughter with members of the organization.

They were there to learn about the services offered by the local non-governmental organization, which gives back to the community by providing support to those struggling with their mental health.

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The Sussexes also learned about the Lunchbox Fund, which provides a daily meal for orphaned and vulnerable school children in the area.

The Lunchbox Fund received generous public donations in the name of their baby boy, Archie Harrison, when he was born in May.

Mental health is a topic close to both Harry and Meghan’s hearts.

“It’s just getting people to talk about it and talk to each other, right?” Duchess Meghan said, speaking to tackling the stigma.

“And you see that no matter where you are in the world, if you’re a small community or a township, if you’re in a big city, it’s that everyone is dealing with a different version of the same thing.”

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The Duke of Sussex also added to the conversation, calling on individuals to learn from the past to address future mental health stigma.

“We need to try, not eradicate it, but to learn from previous generations so there’s not a perpetual cycle,” he said.

Later on in the day, the couple stopped by Auwal Mosque, the country’s oldest mosque, in the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood.

They’ll wrap up their day by meeting young people and community leaders at the city’s residence of the British High Commissioner.

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The new parents started off their royal tour with a visit to Nyanga Township, commonly known as the murder capital of the country. Meghan and Harry addressed the audience with an important message, speaking out against violence against women and children.

The Sussexes, alongside Prince William and Kate Middleton, are patrons to The Royal Foundation, an organization that operates as a vehicle for all their philanthropic work.

The foundation includes Heads Together, an initiative that aims to eradicate mental health stigma.

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry give powerful speech on gender-based violence in South Africa – National

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex marked the beginning of their African royal tour in Cape Town, South Africa, with an impassioned speech on gender-based violence, a topic that hits close to home in the country.

After being welcomed by a group of children as they arrived in Nyanga Township, commonly known as the murder capital of the country, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry addressed the audience with an important message.

Markle said: “While I’m here with my husband as a member of the Royal Family, I want you to know I am here with you as a mother, a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour and as your sister.”

Prince Harry, 34, continued: “I wanted to ensure that our first visit as a family, with my wife by my side, focused on the significant challenges facing millions of South Africans while acknowledging the hope we feel so strongly here.”

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“No man is born to cause harm to women. This is learned behaviour, and we need to break that cycle,” he added. “My role is to defend my wife and be a positive role model for my son.”

The speech follows South Africa declaring femicide a national crisis. A recent government report found that a woman is murdered every three hours in South Africa, with many assaulted and raped before their death.

The duke and duchess were spotted arriving in South Africa earlier that day. Though no media were notified, some fans managed to capture photos of the couple and their baby boy, Archie, disembarking from their plane.

Markle carried Archie, who wore a navy blue sweater and a white bobble hat. It marked the first time royal watchers have seen Archie’s full face as, in the past, the couple has chosen to share only slightly obscured photos.

After facing scrutiny for their private jet travels over the summer, the two have reportedly committed to flying on commercial airlines for their entire trip, according to CNN.

In addition to addressing gender-based violence, 39-year-old Markle also chose to highlight a local ethical fashion designer.

The duchess wore a black-and-white wrap dress by South African designer Mayamiko Dalitso, which sold out after Markle appeared in it.

She also wore a bracelet from The Justice Desk initiative, a human rights non-profit organization that she and Prince Harry visited after their arrival.

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Later in the day, the new parents will pay a visit to the District Six Museum, which is located in an inner-city residential area of Cape Town. During apartheid, District Six was declared a white area, and 60,000 of its racialized residents were forced to relocate away from the city centre.

This relocation began in 1966 and was completed by 1982, according to the museum’s website.

The duke and duchess will meet former District Six residents who were forced to relocate and learn more about the area’s history.

Afterwards, the pair will head to the museum’s Homecoming Centre, which was built for former residents to meet and cook together. The duke and duchess will then participate in a cooking activity, a hobby especially close to Markle’s heart.

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Michelle Obama tells Meghan Markle to ‘savour’ motherhood in Vogue interview – National

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For her role as guest editor of British Vogue, Meghan Markle interviewed Michelle Obama about the realities of raising children and the joys of motherhood.

Markle, who confirmed she was guest-editing the magazine’s September issue on Sunday, said she wanted to feature Obama because she is the “ultimate force for change.”

“So, over a casual lunch of chicken tacos and my ever-burgeoning bump, I asked Michelle if she would help me with this secret project,” Markle wrote in Vogue.

The September edition is called Forces for Change and features “trailblazing change-makers,” including Jameela Jamil and Jane Goodall. Markle interviewed Obama for the magazine’s Q&A page. The issue hits newsstands Aug. 2.

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Markle started off the conversation, which took place after she gave birth to her son Archie, by asking Obama what motherhood has taught her. The former U.S. first lady said being a mom “has been a masterclass in letting go.”

“As mothers, we just don’t want anything or anyone to hurt our babies,” she told the Duchess of Sussex.

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We are proud to announce that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex is the Guest Editor for the September issue of @BritishVogue. For the past seven months, The Duchess has curated the content with British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful to create an issue that highlights the power of the collective. They have named the issue: “Forces for Change” For the cover, The Duchess chose a diverse selection of women from all walks of life, each driving impact and raising the bar for equality, kindness, justice and open mindedness. The sixteenth space on the cover, a mirror, was included so that when you hold the issue in your hands, you see yourself as part of this collective. The women on the cover include: @AdwoaAboah @AdutAkech @SomaliBoxer @JacindaArdern @TheSineadBurke @Gemma_Chan @LaverneCox @JaneFonda @SalmaHayek @FrankieGoesToHayward @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @YaraShahidi @GretaThunberg @CTurlington We are excited to announce that within the issue you’ll find: an exclusive interview between The Duchess and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, a candid conversation between The Duke of Sussex and Dr Jane Goodall, inspirational articles written by Brené Brown, Jameela Jamil and many others. Equally, you’ll find grassroots organisations and incredible trailblazers working tirelessly behind the scenes to change the world for the better. • “Guest Editing the September issue of British Vogue has been rewarding, educational and inspiring. To deep dive into this process, working quietly behind the scenes for so many months, I am happy to now be able to share what we have created. A huge thanks to all of the friends who supported me in this endeavour, lending their time and energy to help within these pages and on the cover. Thank you for saying “Yes!” – and to Edward, thank you for this wonderful opportunity.” – The Duchess of Sussex #ForcesForChange

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“But life has other plans. Bruised knees, bumpy roads and broken hearts are part of the deal. What’s both humbled and heartened me is seeing the resiliency of my daughters,” Obama added.

She also told Markle that being a mom meant giving daughters Malia, 21, and Sasha, 18, the space to “explore and develop into the people they want to be.” She said she would give the exact same advice to sons if she had them instead of daughters.

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“I tell them that I hope they’ll keep trying on new experiences until they find what feels right,” Obama said.

“And what felt right yesterday might not necessarily feel right today. That’s OK — it’s good, even… It took me a few years to listen to my intuition and find a path that fit better for who I was, inside and out.”

The duchess, who welcomed her first child with husband Prince Harry in May, ended her interview asking Obama about the most beautiful sound she’s ever heard.

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Obama said it was the sound her children made when they were newborns, and the way they “cooed when they were deep into dreaming.”

“Don’t get me wrong, early parenthood is exhausting. I’m sure you know a thing or two about that these days,” Obama added.

“But there is something so magical about having a baby in the house. Time expands and contracts; each moment holds its own little eternity. I’m so excited for you and Harry to experience that, Meghan. Savour it all.”

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Royal baby christening: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry won’t announce Archie’s godparents – National

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On Saturday, the newest member of the Royal Family, Archie Harrison, will be christened.

Typically, when a royal baby is christened, his or her godparents are announced in a statement from Buckingham Palace — as was the case for all of Archie’s first cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

READ MORE: Everything we know about Archie Harrison’s christening

However, according to reports, it may not be the same for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son.

On Wednesday, royal expert Omid Scobie shared a statement he had received from Buckingham Palace to Twitter.

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In it, the Royal Family confirmed that Archie Harrison will be christened in the private chapel at Winsdor Castle on July 6. They also announced that “the godparents, in keeping with the parents’ wishes, will remain private.”

This isn’t surprising for fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — the pair have been notoriously private since getting married last May.

Thankfully, eagle-eyed royal watchers can expect the couple to share photos of Archie at his christening, which will be the first time the world gets a glimpse of the baby’s face.

Markle and Prince Harry have previously shared two photos of the baby, but neither featured his entire face.

The first, shared to the couple’s Instagram account in honour of Mother’s Day, was of Archie’s small feet in Markle’s hands. The second, which the couple posted to Instagram for Father’s Day, was of Archie’s eyes — but the rest of his face was shielded by his father’s hand.

The rules of the Church of England

Despite the couple’s wishes to keep their choices private, it could be that Archie’s godparents are revealed anyway due to the rules of the Church of England.

According to the U.K.’s National Archives, the Parochial Registers and Records Measure was passed in 1978.

It states that “register books or baptisms and burials [are] to be available for research within reasonable working hours in the diocesan record offices.”

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This means baptism records — including the names of godparents — are a matter of public record and can be searched by anyone.

However, the Queen may overrule the 1978 measure if she wishes because the private chapel at Windsor Castle — where Archie is to be christened — is known as a Royal Peculiar.

This means it belongs directly to the monarch and not to any diocese. Therefore, it doesn’t come under the jurisdiction of a bishop.

The top picks for Archie’s godparents

According to royal expert Victoria Arbiter, the role of a royal godparent is to offer friendship and guidance throughout the child’s “spiritual journey.”

“It’s likely we’ll see close friends of Harry and Meghan, close friends of Diana and her family and, perhaps, close friends of Prince Charles, too,” Arbiter said of the royal baby’s potential godparents.

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The goal is to give the child access to several unique perspectives throughout his or her life.

A clear front-runner is Markle’s close friend Jessica Mulroney, according to Arbiter.

“She has been an amazing friend, and she has an amazing background in terms of her marriage to Ben Mulroney, whose father was prime minister [of Canada]… They would be able to offer wisdom about being in the public eye,” she said.

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“If we were to see any Royals, Eugenie and Harry are very close,” Arbiter said. “I think Eugenie deeply appreciated her mother being included in Harry and Meghan’s [wedding] guest list.”

(Eugenie’s mother, Sarah Ferguson, divorced from Prince Andrew in 1996.)

Arbiter also expects to see a few of Harry’s close friends, as well as a cousin or aunt from his mother’s side of the family, included in the list of potential godparents.

Alternatively, Harry may pick his childhood nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke.

“She was an amazing support when Diana died,” Arbiter said.

What we know about the christening

The event will reportedly be extremely private, with just 25 of the couple’s close friends and family members — including Archie’s godparents — in attendance, a royal source told People.

This is typical of royal christenings, which have historically been very private affairs.

At Prince Louis’ christening in July 2018, only 21 people close to the baby were in attendance.

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During the ceremony, Archie will probably be christened using the Lily Font, a silver baptismal bowl in the form of a blooming flower.

The font was originally commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1840 and has been used for all royal christenings since.

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It is one of only two English silver fonts — the other was made in 1660 for King Charles II.

After the ceremony, guests will likely be invited to enjoy afternoon tea hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

According to the Royal Family, it’s customary that guests indulge in the christening cake, which is a tier taken from the wedding cake of the christened child’s mother and father.

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Though unconfirmed, the Sunday Times reported that Archie will wear a replica of the historic royal christening gown originally used for the baptism of Princess Victoria in 1841.

According to the Royal Family, the original gown was commissioned by Queen Victoria and worn by 62 royal babies, including Queen Elizabeth, Prince William and Prince Harry.

In 2008, Queen Elizabeth commissioned a replica by her dressmaker Angela Kelly in order to preserve the original.

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James, Viscount Severn, was the first member of the Royal Family to wear this replica gown at his christening at the private chapel at Windsor Castle in the same year.

Archie’s cousins, Prince GeorgePrincess Charlotte and Prince Louis, all wore the replica at their respective christenings.

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry announce first royal tour ‘as family’ – National

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex just announced they are heading to Southern Africa this fall for their first official tour since welcoming their son.

On Thursday, details of their trip were shared to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s official Instagram account, revealing that the royals will head to multiple countries later this year — and hinted that Archie will join them.

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“This will be their first official tour as a family!” read the announcement on Instagram.

According to their social media post, Markle and Prince Harry will travel to South Africa, and then the duke will visit Malawi and Angola.

“His Royal Highness will also do a short working visit to Botswana en route to the other countries,” the post said.

Royal officials also said that Markle and Prince Harry are “really looking forward” to meeting fans on the ground, and are excited to continue to raise awareness “of the high impact work local communities are doing across the Commonwealth and beyond.”

While the date of the trip has not yet been announced, Archie will be around six-months-old this fall.

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Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their first child early this May, and have revealed a few photos of him since his birth.

Botswana is a place Prince Harry and Markle have visited before together. In 2017, the couple travelled there to assist help with elephant conservation efforts.

The couple previously shared private photos of themselves from their trip to Instagram in April.

Prince Harry and brother Prince William have travelled throughout Africa and both are involved in efforts to protect wildlife there. The Duke of Sussex is also patron to a charity helping children in Lesotho.

On June 20, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they had formally parted ways from the charity foundation they shared with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Markle and Prince Harry’s charity work will continue through their own foundation, royal officials said.

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry split from joint charity with Prince William, Kate Middleton – National

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have formally parted ways from the charity foundation they shared with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Royal Foundation announced on Thursday that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will form their own charity organization, and Prince William and Kate Middleton will stay on as the foundation’s leads.

“These changes are designed to best complement the work and responsibilities of Their Royal Highnesses as they prepare for their future roles, and to better align their charitable activity with their new households,” the foundation said in a statement.

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Even though they’re parting ways, the foundation said that both couples will “continue to work together on projects in the future, including on The Foundation’s mental health programme, Heads Together.”

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are incredibly proud of what they have achieved together through The Royal Foundation,” the foundation said.

“They are especially proud to have established a charity that has had, and will continue to have, significant long-lasting impact, changing lives for the better.”

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The Royal Foundation was created by Prince Harry and Prince William in 2009. Middleton joined the foundation after marrying into the Royal Family, as did Markle.

The charity champions for causes including mental health, environmental conservation, youth and social empowerment.

The decision to split charitable efforts comes after Markle and Prince Harry created their own household in March, breaking away from Prince William and Middleton’s headquarters.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s primary residence is Frogmore Cottage, and have an office at Buckingham Palace. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have their office at Kensington Palace.

The couples were most recently seen together earlier this month to celebrate the Queen’s birthday at the annual Trooping the Colour parade.

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Meghan Markle has been a target for racists — how will this impact her son? – National

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Since she started dating Prince HarryMeghan Markle — whose father is white and mother is black — has been the subject of racist attacks online.

In November 2016, Kensington Palace released a statement urging the media to halt articles with “racist undertones.”

In February 2017, the couple was sent a suspicious package with a racist note.

And in March of this year, the Palace increased social-media monitoring to combat racist comments made against the Duchess of Sussex.

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Now, the pair have welcomed their firstborn son, and he is the first “mixed race” baby to be born into the modern British Royal Family.

According to Dr. Ronald Hall, an expert in race relations and a professor in the department of social work at Michigan State University, it’s likely that this child will receive some of the same treatment as his mother.

Taking one look at social media in the days after the baby’s arrival confirms this. Mere moments after the first images of the newborn were revealed, racist trolls were abound on sites like Twitter.

“Old stereotypes — and ugly stereotypes — die hard,” Hall said.

In his view, racism in western countries isn’t as bad as it was 100 years ago — but we still have a long way to go.

“Anything and everything that this kid does from childhood and adulthood is going to be scrutinized to the nth degree,” said Hall.

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Annette Henry, a professor in the department of language and literacy education at the University of British Columbia, agreed.

She referred to the racist treatment of the Duchess of Sussex to prove her point.

“Clearly, [Markle] is going to have to do some protecting,” Henry told Global News.

“Already, we see how Harry has been very protective of her and come to her defence.”

However, Henry isn’t sure how this will manifest in the baby’s life because he’s a royal.

“That child [will live] such a protected life,” Henry said. “They’re different than us… everyday people.”

The nuances of complexion

Hall has done an abundance of research on how skin colour affects success and added the newborn’s skin tone will be critical.

He discovered a correlation between lighter skin and access to more money, better jobs and better education.

“Your quality of life is going to be significantly better if you have more Caucasian features.”

Therefore, Hall said the baby will struggle less with racism if he looks more like his dad, Prince Harry.

“The physiological ideal is Caucasian features with lighter skin,” Hall said.

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“He will have it much easier than if he’s darker complected or if he takes the features of Meghan’s mother, [Doria Ragland].”

Should the baby have predominantly white features, however, he will still struggle with negative black stereotypes — though perhaps to a lesser degree.

“It’s known as the One Drop theory in western culture,” Hall said.

“It is believed that one drop of black blood defines you as black, even if [you’re] blond-haired and blue-eyed.”

This reality often opens up a mixed-race person to scrutiny and ridicule, regardless of how they act.

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Hira Singh, an expert in social inequality and a professor of sociology at York University in Toronto, places this within the context of the monarchy’s problematic history.

“[The new royal baby] will have to confront the hidden and open, conscious and unconscious ideas, prejudices relating to race cemented from the past and continuing in the present,” Singh said.

According to Singh, race is a structure created in order to differentiate between white and non-white people.

The superiority of the white race was promulgated worldwide by the British monarchy during colonization.

“The burden of resistance falls on the racialized groups,” Singh said. “The baby, as part of that group, will have to bear that burden.”

‘Too white or not black enough’

Hall said often, the issue of skin colour is more critical for women than it is for men.

“Society values women for their beauty,” he said. “If they’re not lighter-complected, there are going to be challenges. If they are light-complected, there will also be challenges.”

Some light-skinned women often struggle to prove their blackness to the people around them.

“You have African-American women with naturally green eyes or naturally blond hair, and they’re always going to be put aside… not considered black,” Hall said.

These are the same women that may get attention from men because lighter skin is considered more attractive — they could be fetishized for their whiteness.

However, the situation only marginally improves for light-skinned black men, Hall added.

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According to Hall, some mixed-race men are commonly scrutinized for their masculinity (or lack thereof). He uses the example of NBA players to illustrate his point.

“Kobe Bryant was quoted [saying], ‘Take it to the hole like a dark-skinned dude,’” said Hall.

“This simply means that, on the basketball court, darker-skinned men are respected as more aggressive and more manly, [while] lighter-skinned men are [seen as] soft, not aggressive, not manly.”

Ultimately, Hall predicted the new royal baby will struggle with feeling “too white or not black enough.”

Preparing the baby

With Markle having been subjected to racist treatment by the public, it’s likely she will draw on that experience to help prepare her newborn son.

In Hall’s opinion, how she does that will, again, rely heavily on the baby’s skin tone.

“If he’s lighter-complected, [Markle] may want to emphasize pride in the history of his African ancestry and prepare him for people who are going to challenge his ethnicity,” Hall said.

“If he’s darker-complected… she may want to make sure that he is aware of his British ancestry.”

“Complexion is going to be the most important aspect of his life,” Hall said.

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Henry is on the edge of her seat, hopeful that this is the beginning of a new era for the Royal Family.

“It’ll be interesting to see how they craft this,” she said.

“I think [Markle] will probably make sure the child is surrounded by a range of people with a range of backgrounds.”

She hopes the increased representation within the family will force a larger conversation about diversity and inclusion — but whether or not this will make a difference for society at large, Henry is unsure.

“We have a rising tide of neo-nationalism,” she said. “Politically speaking, it’s scary what’s happening in Canada and the U.S. and in Europe, so… I don’t know.”

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry reveal first photos of their son – National

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released the first photos of their son on Wednesday in an official photo call.

The newest member of the Royal Family, who was born on Monday morning, was kept out of the public eye until now.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex showed their newborn to the world at Windsor Castle just after noon local time. Markle, 37, and Prince Harry, 34, said they are thrilled to be new parents.


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“It’s magic,” Markle said of becoming a mom. “I have the two best guys in the world, so I am really happy.”

Markle said her son, whose name is still not known, has “the sweetest temperament.”

“He’s really calm… he’s just been the dream so it’s been a special couple of days,” she said.


Markle wore a white sleeveless dress, while Prince Harry sported a grey suit. The new parents were beaming as they spoke to the press.

“Parenting is amazing,” Prince Harry said. “We are just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.”

When asked who the baby looks like, Prince Harry joked that his son was already growing facial hair like him.

“His looks are changing every single day,” Prince Harry said. “So who knows.”

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Hours after Kensington Palace confirmed Markle had given birth on Monday, Prince Harry spoke to the media and said mother and baby were doing “incredibly well.”

“It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever possibly imagine,” the duke said. “How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension.”

The baby, born seven pounds, three ounces, is seventh in line to the throne. They’re behind Prince Charles, Prince William and his children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and then Prince Harry.

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Markle is a U.S. citizen, which means her son has dual citizenship. He is the first American citizen with a direct line to the British throne.

The baby is the Queen Elizabeth‘s eighth great-grandchild. The 93-year-old monarch also has eight grandchildren, and four children.

Markle announced her pregnancy in October last year, several months after her wedding to Prince Harry in May.

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Prince or earl? What royal title will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son have? – National

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s son was welcomed into the world on Monday, and royal onlookers are itching to catch a glimpse of the newborn.

The newest addition to the Royal Family was born weighing in at seven pounds, three ounces, and is a “very healthy boy,” Prince Harry said.

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While his name has not yet been revealed, 34-year-old Prince Harry told the press on Monday that he and Markle, 37, will show their son to the media in the coming days.

The couple’s first child is seventh in line to the throne, behind Prince Charles, Prince William, his children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and then dad Prince Harry.

The baby is Queen Elizabeth’s eighth great-grandchild, and Prince Charles’ fourth grandchild. But unlike cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, Markle and Prince Harry’s son is not a prince — yet.

What is the newborn’s royal title?

While the public waits for confirmation, the newborn has likely inherited the title of Earl of Dumbarton, passed down from his father.

On Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding day, the Queen gave Prince Harry the title. Per tradition, she also gave the couple the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex. When Prince William married Kate Middleton, the Queen gave them the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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The earl title is secondary to duke, and it’s royal protocol for the firstborn son to use one of his father’s lesser titles as a courtesy title, Hello! Canada points out. The child will also one day inherit his father’s dukedom, and will be known as the Duke of Sussex.

(Dukedom can only be inherited by a male heir, and the title of duchess cannot be inherited by daughters as it is received through marriage.)

Why isn’t the royal baby a prince?

Since Middleton and Prince William’s three children have prince and princess titles, why doesn’t Markle and Prince Harry’s son have one, too? Based on tradition, grandchildren of the monarch are princes and princesses, but great-grandchildren do not automatically assume those titles.

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This traces back to 1917 when King George V issued a rule that limited who would get royal titles. He stated that “prince,” “princess” and “Royal Highness” were reserved for children of the monarch, children of the sons of a monarch, and finally, the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, Maclean’s reported.

So the only way the Queen’s great-grandchildren get His/Her Royal Highness (HRH) titles is if the monarch issues a Letters Patent.

The Queen issued a Letters Patent in 2012 that gave royal titles to all three of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children. This means that if Markle and Prince Harry’s son was to become a prince, the 93-year-old monarch would need to issue a new Letters Patent.

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If Prince Harry and Markle have more children and they do not have HRH titles, sons will be known as Lord (their name) Windsor, while daughters will be called Lady (their name) Windsor.

Until the Duke and Duchess confirm their son’s name and title, there’s no certainty of his official role in the Royal Family.

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But based on recent history, it is very likely that the Queen will grant him prince status soon.

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How will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry raise their son? – National

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their son early Monday morning — and the new dad says he is “over the moon.”

The Duke of Sussex told the press that the newborn — who weighs seven pounds, three ounces — is a “very healthy boy” and that he and Markle are both doing “incredibly well.”

“It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever possibly imagine,” Prince Harry said. “How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension.”

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Markle and Prince Harry previously broke royal tradition when they revealed certain details of their birthing plan and implied they would not show their newborn to the public hours after its birth. (This “stepping out” is a common Royal Family tradition, and Kate Middleton and Prince William revealed their children this way.)

Prince Harry told media on Monday that, instead, he and Markle will show the world their son in “about two days.”

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Apart from this decision, there are other clues that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will raise their child on their own terms and may stay away from royal traditions.

Here are some possible ways they’ll raise their child differently.

Privacy is important

As the couple has said in the past, privacy is important to them. The new parents have remained tight-lipped on the name of their child and did not confirm their baby’s sex until he was born.

Their tendency to keep their personal lives as private as possible means they will likely be very protective of their son, too.

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When announcing the arrival of their son, palace officials said the Duke and Duchess thank members of the public for their “shared excitement and support” and will provide “more details” in the coming days.

The desire to keep their son out of the limelight will likely continue into his childhood, as the parents will keep his safety a top priority. Plus, according to reports, Markle wants her child to have as normal an upbringing as possible — reminiscent of Prince Harry and Prince William’s mother, Diana, who always sought the least media attention for her children.

As reported by Vanity Fair, Markle and Prince Harry have opted for a “scaled-back team of staff” at their residence at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor and are currently relying on the help of Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland.

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Ragland will reportedly be staying with the couple and helping Markle with the baby until she is settled.

Feminism will play an important role

Part of Markle’s charity work includes advocating for causes that affect women, including Smart Works, an organization that provides clothing and job-interview training for unemployed and vulnerable women.

In the past, Markle has worked with World Vision, where she was a global ambassador from 2016 to 2017. She’s also worked with the United Nations, advocating for women’s rights.

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Markle is a feminist, and during a panel for International Women’s Day, a pregnant Duchess commented on her “feminist bump.”

When asked how her bump has been treating her, Markle said: “It’s funny, I’d actually been joking these past few weeks. I’d seen this documentary on Netflix about feminism, and one of the things they said during pregnancy was, ‘I feel the embryonic kicking of feminism.’”

“I loved that. So boy or girl, whatever it is, we hope that that’s the case,” she added.

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At the International Women’s Day event, Markle also said that men need to work with women in order to achieve gender equality and that men need to understand they can be “feminists as well.”

Gender stereotypes won’t be encouraged

According to reports, Markle plans to raise her son without gender stereotypes. While Kensington Palace denied reports that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are raising their child “gender fluid,” the couple wants to encourage a healthy upbringing.

Markle reportedly decorated her son’s nursery in gender-neutral colours and avoided traditional colours associated with gender, including pink and blue.

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Royal commentator Katie Nicholl told ET that the royal parents designed the nursery in a “very modern” fashion and used grey and white colouring.

Giving back

In a heartfelt Instagram post ahead of their son’s birth, Markle and Prince Harry asked people to kindly not send gifts for their child and instead donate to charity.

Volunteer work is a big part of the Duke and Duchess’ lives, as each of them has projects and organizations that they champion.

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Because of their passion for advocacy and charity work, it is safe to assume they will raise their son with the same values, too.

In 2016, Markle penned an essay for Elle magazine in which she wrote about how her upbringing shaped her.

“My parents came from little so they made a choice to give a lot: buying turkeys for homeless shelters at Thanksgiving, delivering meals to people in hospices, giving spare change to those asking for it,” she wrote.

“It’s what I grew up seeing so it’s what I grew up being: a young adult with a social consciousness to do what I could and speak up when I knew something was wrong.”

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