Meghan Markle and Prince Harry delighted fans when they shared a gorgeous photo of the Royal Family to mark Archie's christening. The snap shows the couple and their little boy sitting in Windsor Castle's Green Drawing Room with Charles, Camilla, Kate, William, Doria, and Princess Diana's sisters. The family looks happy and proud in the colourful shot, taken by the very talented photographer Chris Allerton.
Royal fans have spent hours looking at the photos, discovering new details each time they look back at it - including some very interesting hidden secrets.
Archie's aunty the Duchess of Cambridge paid a sweet tribute to her late mother-in-law with her outfit for the occasion. She decided to wear Princess Diana’s Collingwood Pearl Earrings - the same ones the princess wore to Prince Harry's Christening in 1984. They complimented her pink knee-length Stella McCartney dress and red headband perfectly.
Meghan and Harry broke with royal tradition by keeping certain details of the christening - including the timings - a secret. This was part of their on-going plan to give Archie a private upbringing. But fans spotted an important clue in the photo which gave a big clue about when the service took place. If you look closely at the Mantel Clock, you can see the time that the photo was taken is almost 11.55am, which could suggest that Archie was christened at roughly 11 am on Saturday.
The clock itself dates back to the early 19th century and has been in Windsor since 1846. It was created by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy and first acquired by George IV.
Royal fans have said that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appear awkward and tensed in the family snap. In contrast grandparents, Prince Charles, 70, and Camilla, 71, appear relaxed, according to Judi James. Kate Middleton, 37, can be seen sitting upright in her chair, appearing to be ready to stand up at any moment. And while Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, sit closely together on the couch, there is a huge distance between the new mum and Kate.
Judi told The Sun, "With a very relaxed and jolly-looking Camilla down one end of this pose, Kate sits at the other looking oddly self-diminished and prim, with her arms pulled into her torso and a part-smile on her face. "Given all the rift rumors the rather 'ready to flee' tension in her pose could be seen as awkwardness but it could also show a desire to lower her own status signals and not upstage the happy couple."
Judi said Kate wasn't the only royal who stood out in the image and said dad-of-three Prince William appeared to be pulling an "a self-protective barrier pose". The perception of awkwardness will do nothing to dispel rumours of a rift between the couples, with the Sussexes recently splitting from the joint charity with the Cambridges. The two brothers reportedly fell out after insiders said they had a 'disastrous row that could not be defused' over the different paths in life they are now on.
And fans were quick to take to social media to comment on the new family photo, and the apparent uneasiness between the brothers. One wrote: "I find it funny that Prince William is trying so hard not to smirk."
Another commented, "It was Archie's christening but I wish that William and Kate hadn't come. What an unhappy awkward couple. Couldn't they even pretend to be happy to be there."
Meghan and Harry are sitting on a stunning gold and green bench for the lovely photograph. It's the same chair that Diana and the Queen sat on in the official photos from Harry's christening. Prince Harry sat on the same chair in the couple's official wedding photos, surrounded by the couple's pageboys and bridesmaids.
There is also a single chair that is part of the same set, which Diana sat on in the pictures of her, Charles and Harry on a special day.Read More