The Fourth Royal Baby of Our Generation Arrives


Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and her husband Harry, Duke of Sussex, welcomed their royal baby, Archie, on May 6th, 2019.

Kaylee Richards, Staff Writer

Over the course of the past five years, Britain’s most powerful family has seen the birth of four beautifully British babies. In 2013, following their highly publicized wedding two years earlier, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Princess Kate) welcomed their first child. This son, Prince George, is in line for the royal throne. 2015 saw the birth of his sister, Princess Charlotte. Finally, just over a year ago, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their son Louis to the royal family.

Last May, Prince Harry married the ever-popular American Meghan Markle. As an American actress, Meghan was very well adapted to the life of a celebrity. Her new title as the Duchess of Sussex, however, perhaps carried more judgment than ever before.

Early this month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed a beautiful baby boy: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The child is seventh in line for the royal throne, just after his cousins and father.

This highly publicized birth was closely followed by loyal royal family followers, British and American alike. But, many argue that the level of publicity the birth attracts is too much for a new mother, father, and newborn to handle. “I do believe the birth of royal babies is something that should be treated with respect, but we shouldn’t make such a great effort to put it in the headlines of everything for several days or weeks after they are born,” junior Lydia Fry said.

Many students see the positive of the situation, but also believe that royal baby coverage should be limited. “There’s an extent to how much the media should publicize the royal baby. I understand that it’s a really big news topic for people who live in the UK and even the rest of Europe, but I think we take it too far. Royal babies directly impact the future of England and their royal bloodline. In our country, they don’t have anything to do with our politics,” junior Curtis Walter said. “This is an example of media in our country greatly publicizing something that has little importance to us.” The royal family gained a lot of attention, especially after the wildly ordinary addition of Princess Diana in 1981. After her death in 1997 caused by a paparazzi car crash, the Royals were more cautious regarding their privacy.

“It’s nice to find out that Meghan and Harry has a kid but I don’t really need an in-depth article on the origin of his name,” sophomore Riley Kracaw said.

But what do the Brits really think? It is hard to find a perspective from Central Pennsylvania, but not impossible. “I don’t really care,” junior Rohith Kuchipudi said. Kuchipudi is British and finds no interest in the royal baby. “It’s just a baby. I think people care too much.”