NEWLY-leaked photographs of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s eldest child, Archie, are “not that remarkable”, but nonetheless show “significant” differences between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Cambridges, a royal expert has said.
The Duke and Duchess travelled away from their Montecito home to celebrate the American Independence Day holiday. They opted to watch a local parade in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, over the holiday weekend.
Onlookers spotted the Duke and Duchess with three-year-old Archie enjoying the independence festivities. The elder brother of one-year-old Lilibet was seen brandishing an American flag at the popular ski resort, known to be a favourite of the stars.
The photos of Meghan, 40, and Prince Harry, 37, emerged on Facebook, with one image appearing to show the Duchess of Sussex kneeling down to her son’s height. Meghan is pictured in black trousers and a white top, accessorised with a straw hat.
Archie is decked out in blue, complemented by a red, white and blue hat. In the pictures, he can be seen tasting a lollipop as he watches the parade. Prince Harry, donning a green cap, stands near the pair.
But royal expert Daniela Elser, describing the images as unremarkable, pinpointed their very existence as important. She wrote in the New Zealand Herald: “The shots in and of themselves are not that remarkable – a very cute little boy sucking a lollipop while watching a parade, Meghan casually but chicly dressed and Harry doing his usual impression of a hirsute thundercloud.
“But it’s the fact that the shots themselves were even taken that is significant here. “Ask yourself this: Have you ever seen similar images crop up of William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children?”
Unlike the July 4 photo, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are scarcely photographed outside the confines of royal events, and the images released by their mother, a keen photographer.