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4Jul

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.

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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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2Jul

Everything we know about Archie Harrison’s christening – National

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The Royal Family welcomed baby Archie Harrison on May 6, and now he’s ready to be christened.

According to CNN, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will host a small ceremony at the private chapel at Windsor Castle on July 6 — two months to the day since Archie was born.


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Windsor Castle holds much significance for Prince Harry in particular.

He was christened in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in 1984, and it was also where he married Markle in May 2018.

The couple now resides in Frogmore Cottage on the grounds at Windsor Castle.

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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.

READ MORE: The feminist significant of Meghan Markle’s post-birth dress

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.

WATCH: Prince Harry And Meghan cut ties with Prince William and Kate’s charity





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.

The royal christening gown

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.

READ MORE: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry announce first royal tour ‘as family’

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

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 George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, all wore the replica at their respective christenings.

The top picks for Archie’s godparents

Archie’s godparents have not yet been announced, but royal expert Victoria Arbiter says the group will likely be a mix of “close friends of Harry and Meghan, close friends of Diana and her family and, perhaps, close friends of Prince Charles, too.”

For a royal child, the role of a godparent is a very serious one, meant to offer friendship and guidance throughout the child’s “spiritual journey.”

Arbiter believes a clear front-runner is Markle’s close friend (and Canadian) Jessica Mulroney.

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“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,” Arbiter said.

She also thinks Harry’s cousin, Eugenie, is a possibility.

“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.”

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(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.

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

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

Although godparents to the family have historically been European royalty or members of the extended family, Arbiter says this is no longer the case.

“I think we’ll see a cross-section in terms of generations and we’ll see people who have been deeply loyal to the couple,” Arbiter said.

Archie’s place in the line of succession

Archie is the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild and Prince Charles’ fourth grandchild.

He’s also seventh in line to the throne behind Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Prince Harry.

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The child’s rank could fall further if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have more children. Prince Harry himself has fallen three spots since the birth of his nephews and niece.

The line to the throne was changed in recent years, following amendments made to the Succession to the Crown Act in 2013. The act applies to babies born after October 2011.

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Prior to those changes, male additions to the Royal Family outranked their female counterparts — even if they were younger.

Beyond the more immediate Royal Family, the line for the throne is quite extensive. It’s followed by the Queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, and his daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. It then moves on to the Queen’s third son, Prince Edward, and his children.

—With files from Maham Abedi and Laura Hensley

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28Jun

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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8May

The feminist significance of Meghan Markle’s post-birth dress – National

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In the early hours of May 6, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their firstborn baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Two days later, the proud parents appeared at Windsor Castle with Archie in tow, proudly introducing the sleeping baby to the world.

The Duchess of Sussex wore a white, belted, sleeveless trench coat dress by U.K. designer Grace Wales Bonner, and royal expert Victoria Arbiter says the 37-year-old was making an explicit statement with her attire.

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“(Markle) wasn’t nervous about showing what a post-natal body looks like,” Arbiter told Global News.

“It’s empowering when we see figures like Meghan and Kate not scared to show what a woman’s body looks like after she’s given birth.”

Arbiter believes that Markle made a conscious decision to show off her remaining baby bump in defiance of societal expectations.

“So many people are under the impression that we just (return to) being as thin as a supermodel” after giving birth, said Arbiter.

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“It’s very much in keeping with Meghan. She’s proud to show who she is. There were no airs and graces, there was no pretence, there was no Hollywood. She was just real and authentic.”

Amanda Briggs-Goode, head of the department for fashion, textiles and knitwear at Nottingham Trent University, agrees.

“I noted one of (Markle’s) buttons wasn’t done up. That’s confident, and (it) says ‘take it or leave it, this is a post-partum body,’” she said.

The belt on Markle’s dress served to further accentuate her still-round belly.

According to Briggs-Goode, fashion is a form of social exchange that communicates immediately who we are and what matters to us.

In picking this dress, the Duchess of Sussex was saying “authenticity and honesty are important to her identity,” said Briggs-Goode.

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As for the colour, white is timeless. Arbiter thinks Markle chose it with the history books in mind.

“These photographs are so significant… they will live on for centuries,” Arbiter said.

“By choosing to wear white, I think it was an effort to keep things very neutral, classy and sophisticated with something that will stand the test of time.”

Briggs-Goode echoes this sentiment — the colour white makes for a good photo.

“I think it was orchestrated and designed to ensure that (the Duke and Duchess would) glow in this vividly coloured environment,” she said, referring to the traditional decor of Windsor Castle.

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“It creates a contrast, and white is strongly associated with birth and goodness.”

Choosing to wear a design by Bonner was also a thoughtful decision by the Duchess, according to Arbiter.

“For a photo this significant, the designer would’ve been chosen purposefully… From what I’ve read, her ethos is very in keeping with Meghan’s,” she said.

According to Business of Fashion, Bonner has a similar background to the Duchess. She’s a London native with a Jamaican father and an English mother.

Jamaica is also one of the Commonwealth nations, which makes this a nice nod to the countries around the world that have been sending the Duchess well wishes in anticipation of the baby’s arrival.

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Introducing Archie to the world

Newborn babies in the Royal Family are always presented to the public a few days after being born. However, it’s a tradition that is often criticized by mothers and the larger public alike.

“It would be very difficult,” Arbiter said of what it must be like for a new mom to face public scrutiny mere hours or days after giving birth.

And yet, it rarely seems that way.

For each of her children, a beautiful and seemingly rested Duchess of Cambridge posed for cameras as she exited the hospital less than 12 hours after giving birth.

In fact, Middleton looked so elegant after delivering Princess Charlotte that a Russian conspiracy theory emerged suggesting that the Duchess had not given birth when the palace said she did. Instead, the baby was born days before.

Pro-Kremlin newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda printed the claims.

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Markle waited two days to make her first appearance with Archie, allowing herself a bit more time to rest and prepare.

Arbiter predicts that should the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have more kids, they will follow the same schedule.

“They were able to get to the hospital and back without being seen, which was amazing,” said Arbiter. “I think this will probably be how they proceed in the future.”

If it was difficult to confront the public so quickly, the Duke and Duchess didn’t make that obvious.

Arbiter says this is likely because the parents were genuinely excited to introduce Archie to the world.

“They want to thank the public today (for) the good wishes. The way they do that is by sharing the family photos,” said Arbiter.

These are public figures, and this is a historically significant moment… It kind of comes with the territory.”

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The Duchess of Sussex was beaming with pride when she and her husband introduced Archie for the first time.

“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 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.

— With files from Laura Hensley and Patricia Kozicka

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8May

The royal baby’s name is Archie — here’s what it means – National

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their first child on Monday and revealed his much-anticipated name via social media on Wednesday: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

The unique name was an unexpected choice as most royal experts speculated the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would pick a traditional regal name, like Albert or Philip.

According to Baby Center, Archie is an English name meaning “genuine and bold.” It’s a variant of the name Archibald, although the Royal Family hasn’t specified if that’s the baby’s full name or not.

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Archie’s middle name, Harrison, is likely a sweet tribute to dad Prince Harry as it literally means “son of Harry.” Mountbatten-Windsor is a surname used by some members of the Royal Family.

Archie is an increasingly popular name in Britain and was among the top 20 most common boy’s names in 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Archie is also rumoured to be cousin Prince George’s nickname.

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In January, the eldest child of Kate Middleton and Prince William was reportedly on a walk with his grandmother, Carole Middleton, when he asked a stranger if he could pet her dog.

According to the woman, she wanted to engage in a bit of small talk with the prince so she asked him his name — despite knowing exactly who he was.

“To my astonishment, he said: ‘I’m called Archie’ with a big smile on his face,” the woman told the Sun. “I don’t know why he calls himself Archie, but kids often play with their names, and I think it’s lovely.”

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Royal fans were placing name bets long before the child’s birth, and most people believed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were having a girl. The top girl’s name was Elizabeth (6/1).

The top boy’s name was Albert (12/1), the name of Queen Victoria’s husband. Albert was also a top pick for Middleton and Prince William’s son Prince Louis, who was born in April 2018.

As few people expected Archie, people are sharing their reactions to the newest royal’s name on social media.

On Twitter, some are fans of the name and think Archie is great. Others are less impressed.

It is still unclear what official royal title Archie will have.

As of now, his title is likely Earl of Dumbarton, which he inherited from his father.

—With files from the Associated Press

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8May

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.

READ MORE: Everything we know about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s new baby (so far)

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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8May

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.

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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.

READ MORE: Everything we know about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s new baby (so far)

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7May

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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The newest royal baby has finally arrived!

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their firstborn son at 5:26 a.m. local time on Monday, May 6.

The Duke of Sussex was by Markle’s side during the birth. The baby weighs seven pounds, three ounces, and both he and the Duchess are healthy.

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Kensington Palace announced the baby’s arrival via Instagram. In the caption, the Duke and Duchess “thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives.”

An overjoyed Prince Harry greeted reporters shortly after the baby’s arrival.

The birth was “the most amazing experience I can ever possibly imagine,” he said. “How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, but we’re both absolutely thrilled.”

Prince Harry later added that he’s “so incredibly proud” of the Duchess of Sussex.

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“As every father and parent would ever say, your baby is absolutely amazing, but this little thing is absolutely to die for,” he said.

Prince Harry said the public would see the baby in a few days’ time.

According to Kensington Palace, Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, is with their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage, and she’s “overjoyed” by the arrival of her first grandchild.

Markle and Prince Harry have been tight-lipped about the details of the impending birth and how they plan to raise their firstborn. Here’s what we know so far.

The baby’s birthplace remains unknown

The Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital is a popular destination for royal moms, including Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge.

It wasn’t a clear choice for Markle and Prince Harry, as they weren’t thought to be living in downtown London, where the hospital is located.

Royal expert Victoria Arbiter guessed that the couple would choose a facility “closer to their home base in Windsor” — and it appears she was right.

There have been no reports of ambulances coming or going from Frogmore Cottage.

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“The Lindo Wing has seen more royal births than any other hospital, but that doesn’t mean it’s a tradition,” said Arbiter. “I think where to give birth is very much a personal choice.”

Markle wouldn’t be the first to depart from convention if she did, in fact, choose to give birth somewhere other than the Lindo Wing.

“Fergie had her babies at the Portland hospital, [and] Sophie Wessex had her babies at Frimley Park, which is not too far from Windsor,” said Arbiter.

A different kind of royal baby announcement

Typically, in anticipation of a new royal baby, the media is alerted when the expectant mother is admitted to hospital.

“It’s very difficult for a royal to sneak into hospital so … with Kate [Middleton], we got the notice when she was already in hospital,” Arbiter told Global News. “That way, had anyone spotted her going in, [the Royals] were still ahead of the story.”

This wasn’t the case for Markle and Prince Harry — the baby announcement wasn’t made until Markle was at the hospital.

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According to Arbiter, this was not a break with tradition or protocol.

“They’re just doing what works for them,” she said.

As tradition dictates, the easel announcing the newest royal baby landed at the gates of Buckingham Palace at 4:45 p.m. local time.

It says the baby’s time of birth, that mother and baby are doing well and is signed by the attending doctors. The easel usually stays up in front of the palace for 24 hours.

The baby will likely be named in honour of another royal family member

In conversation with reporters after the baby’s arrival, Harry added that the couple was “still thinking about names.”

However, eagle-eyed fans of the Royal Family have been speculating about the likely choices.

According to betting platform Ladbrokes, Arthur (5/1) is the current favourite.

In second place is the posh Alexander (6/1), which may be a nod to the Queen’s middle name, Alexandra.

Albert (8/1) is another possibility, as it is the name of Queen Victoria’s husband. The name was also a top pick for Kate Middleton and Prince William’s son Prince Louis, who was born in April 2018.

Philip is also a leading contender (10/1) after the child’s great-grandfather Prince Philip.

The newest royal baby is seventh in line to the throne

This baby will be seventh in line to the throne, right behind dad Prince Harry.

From closest to the throne to farthest away, the line of succession will be as follows: Charles, William, George, Charlotte, Louis, Harry and then baby Sussex.

“It’s very unlikely that this baby will ever be monarch. It would take a catastrophe of unforeseen circumstances if we were to wipe out Charles and the entire Cambridge clan,” said Arbiter.

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That said, once Charles is king, the newborn will still be the grandchild of the sovereign, at which point he and his father will take on “very significant roles.”

There’s been much speculation about why the baby is not eligible for a royal title, but Arbiter said this rule goes back to George V.

“People who don’t know better are using it as an opportunity to say the Queen is angry with Meghan… which is nonsense,” Arbiter said. “[George V] just didn’t foresee a future in which there would be four generations alive.”

Had the Queen already passed, this baby — as the grandchild of the sovereign in the male line — would be HRH Prince or Princess. Since the Queen is still alive, this baby is not eligible for the title of HRH Prince or Princess.

“If a boy comes along, he will likely be the Earl of Dumbarton, one of Harry’s subsidiary titles. If a little girl comes along, she will be Lady (first name) Mountbatten-Windsor,” Arbiter said.

The potential royal godparents

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,” said Arbiter.

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

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“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,” Arbiter said.

If Prince Harry and Markle wanted to go the Royal route, Princess Eugenie is a likely choice.

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

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

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

The Royal Family’s first American citizen

Markle is a U.S. citizen, which means this baby has dual citizenship.

He is both American and British, and the first American citizen with a direct line to the British throne.

This presents some anomalies when it comes to money.

“Meghan, as a U.S. citizen, does have to file a tax return. I’m not a tax expert but as I understand it, you’re charged a percentage of taxes while you’re outside of the country,” said Arbiter.

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This was confirmed by David Treitel, founder of American Tax Returns Ltd., in an interview with CNN.

Despite living in the U.K., Markle will be obliged to file a U.S. tax return and to report any foreign accounts, assets over $200,000 and gifts valued at more than $15,797 “regardless of whether it is actually in your possession,” Treitel told CNN.

This means Markle has needed to declare items like the diamond in her engagement ring, taken from Princess Diana’s jewelry collection, for example.

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Baby Sussex will be required to do the same with all of his or her assets and income until they are 18 years old.

The Royal Family is “notoriously private” about their finances, said Arbiter, so this is sure to cause some issues.

“It becomes a huge financial nightmare… and the Royal Family will try desperately to keep their finances private,” she added.

With files from Laura Hensley

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