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How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are raising daughter Lilibet out of the spotlight?

How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are raising daughter Lilibet out of the spotlight?

Understanding the pervasive nature of the internet and social media, Prince Harry and Meghan are careful about their children’s online presence.

Meghan and Prince Harry avoid posting regular updates and instead opt for occasional glimpses that celebrate milestones.

She may be royalty, but Princess Lilibet of Sussex has been living a relatively normal life with her dad Prince Harry, mom Meghan Markle, and brother Archie. “To have a boy and then a girl, you know, what more can you ask for?” Prince Harry said a few months before Meghan Markle gave birth to their daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on June 4, 2021. Their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, became a big brother.

“We’ve got our family,” Harry told Oprah Winfrey during a sit-down with their Montecito, Calif., neighbour. “We’ve got the four of us and our two dogs, and it’s great.” Added then-pregnant Meghan, “Two is it.”

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When Harry pulled their “precious daughter from that world into this,” as he described the moment Lili was born in his 2023 memoir Spare, their family was complete. Back home, the “sacred airspace” near the kitchen was reserved for her playpen, toys, and stuffed animals, christened “Lili Land.”

Harry and Meghan have shared glimpses of their life as parents, including in their 2022 Netflix docuseries. But just a glimpse, because—while their kids remain unwitting celebrities as Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet of Sussex, now sixth and seventh in line to the British throne—the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not gone the expected royal route.

“We’ve been really conscious of protecting our kids as best as we can,” Meghan said in the series, “and also understanding the role that they play in this really historic family.”

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Welcoming Archie into the world their way proved controversial—some longtime royal watchers were scandalized by their refusal to share a birth plan and their desire for a relatively private christening—but since he was born in London while his mum and dad were still senior royals, they played ball. Archie even went on his first royal tour to Africa at 4 months old.

But there was no one to cater to, other than general inquiring minds when Lili was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital three years ago. And, brief foray into a six-episode docuseries aside, they’ve stuck to their intent to raise their babies out of the spotlight.

This meant their May tour of Nigeria was a kids-free trip, though the children were there in spirit. “That’s Lili’s favourite class,” Meghan, who apparently has a budding performer back home, told a class of kindergartners at Lightway Academy in Abuja who danced and sang for the VIP visitors.

Speaking to a group of older children, Meghan applauded the inner strength the kids exhibited just by showing up when the going got tough. “Our daughter, Lili, she’s much, much tinier than you guys,” she noted. “She’s about to turn 3. And a few weeks ago she looked at me and she would just see the reflection in my eyes. And she said, ‘Mama, I see me in you.'”

Meghan also lamented not being home for Mother’s Day on May 12, telling an audience at the State Governor House in Lagos that “of course we are missing our children.”

Also read: Insider reveals the names Harry and Meghan were considering for Prince Archie.

They returned home a few days later. Meghan acknowledged there really isn’t such a thing as balance when it comes to the whole work-life conversation. “What I think that to mean now is that balance will always change for you,” she reflected during a Women in Leadership event. “That balance, what seems balanced 10 years ago is going to shift. And so being a mom has always been a dream of mine. And I’m so fortunate that we have two beautiful, healthy, very chatty sweet children.”

His son and daughter were “doing great,” Harry said on Good Morning America in February. “They both have got an incredible sense of humour and make us laugh and keep us grounded every single day as most kids do.”

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Why is Prince Harry and Meghan’s dancing video going viral?

Why is Prince Harry and Meghan's dancing video going viral?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have recently found themselves in the spotlight once again.

Prince Harry and Meghan can be seen in a video that has gone viral.

The moment Prince Harry and Meghan Markle put their dancing skills to the test during their recent visit to Nigeria has gone viral, with fans praising footage of the couple on TikTok. Harry and Meghan attended events in Nigeria from May 10 to 12 at the invitation of the country’s chief of defence staff, General Christopher Musa. Several events were connected with Harry’s Invictus Games, which the country is reportedly eager to host at some point in the future.

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The couple also attended events connected with their personal interests and areas of philanthropy including mental health. On May 10, Harry and Meghan visited the Lightway Academy in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, where they met with students at the institution, which has received support from the couple’s Archewell Foundation.

During time spent with the school’s kindergarten class, the couple spoke about their children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, and showed off their dancing skills.

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Uploaded to TikTok by user meghmarkle on May 11, footage of the royals happily performing steps with the class of children has already been viewed over 250,000 times. Captioned: “The most adorable royals I’m crying,” the clip has received over 12,000 likes and over 300 comments, many of which have praised the couple and their connection with young people. “You see why I love these two, they are just so fun and relatable,” wrote one TikTok user.

“They’re genuinely having fun connecting with people. it’s just straight authenticity from these two,” posted another, with a further comment suggesting Meghan could offer her husband some coordination tips, reading: “Meghan you need to teach Harry left from right. This is so funny watching you two. After they visited with the kindergarten class, Harry and Meghan spent time with some of the academy’s older children, with the prince delivering an engaging speech on mental health.

“In some places around the world, more than you would believe, there is a stigma against mental health,” he said. “Too many people don’t want to talk about it because it’s invisible, it’s in your mind and we can’t see. It’s not like a broken leg, it’s not like a broken wrist, it is something we are still relatively unsure of. But guess what? Every single person in this room, youngest to oldest, every single person has mental health.

Also read: Doria Ragland has the sweetest thing to say about son-in-law, Prince Harry.

“So, therefore, you have to look after yourself to be able to help other people, other people have to look after themselves to be able to look after you. That’s the way it works.”

In addition to the school event, during the couple’s visit to Nigeria, they took part in an evening reception at the defence headquarters in Abuja, and they travelled to Lagos to watch a charity polo game.

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Expert suggests 5 ways Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can revive their popularity

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The Sussexes’, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, popularity in the UK hit an all-time low at 68%.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle settled in the US after Megxit in 2020.

Since then, they have started losing their popularity in the United Kingdom. A recent YouGov survey revealed that their popularity is at an all-time low, as 68% of respondents feel negatively about them. In the world of royals, popularity can wax and wane like the tides. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, once the darlings of the monarchy, have faced their fair share of ups and downs in the public eye.

From controversies surrounding their departure from royal duties to criticism of their lifestyle choices, their popularity has fluctuated. Meanwhile, PR expert Lynn Carratt believes all is not lost for the royal couple. Speaking to The Mirror, she suggested that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could still revive their image by following these strategies. With a little expert advice, they can reignite the spark and reclaim their place in the hearts of the people.

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Rebuild the brand: According to Lynn, Harry and Meghan Markle must focus on reconstructing their public image. This could involve more than just making appearances. They need a strategic overhaul of how they present themselves, both in the UK and the US. As part of this, they should be seen at events and with brands and charities that align well with their new image.

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Be open about struggles: Encouraging openness, the expert suggested that the couple share more about their personal challenges. By discussing their life’s difficulties openly, including aspects of their life as working parents, they could become more relatable to the public. 

Focus on passions: The expert said Harry and Meghan Markle should focus on projects that highlight their personal interests rather than their royal background. She recommended they present a new side of their personality to the public. For instance, their new TV shows could focus on what they are passionate about. 

Build bridges with the royal family: To improve their public image, Lynn proposed that Harry and Meghan Markle start mending bridges with the royal family. This could help soften the public’s perception and ease the existing tensions.

Also read: Royal expert claims “Meghan Markle would have been the most popular royal if she’d stuck with the family.

New PR publicist: Lynn suggested that hiring a new PR adviser could be a significant step. The new publicist could help them tailor their public relations strategies to effectively appeal to both the UK and US audiences.

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Doria Ragland has the sweetest thing to say about son-in-law, Prince Harry

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Prince Harry shares a special relationship with her mother-in-law, Doria who often praises his ‘great manners’.

Meghan Markle’s mum Doria Ragland has revealed she was fond of her son-in-law Prince Harry from the moment they first met.

The former yoga instructor and make-up artist, 66, from LA, has become a huge part of the Sussexes’ life since they moved to California. While Prince Harry and Meghan’s relationship with the royal family may have stained, his relationship with his wife Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland has gone from strength to strength.

Geographically, the Duke of Sussex’s mother-in-law lives very close to the Montecito home he shares with Meghan Markle and their two children Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. But location aside, Harry and Meghan have chosen to share some very special moments with the yoga instructor and psychotherapist, including summer breaks and special anniversaries. 

While Doria is notoriously private, only breaking her silence on her daughter’s relationship with the Prince in their Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan, there have been a few occasions when fans have got a glimpse inside Harry and Doria’s close bond behind closed doors…

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Doria opened up about when the news broke that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex first began dating in 2016. Despite saying she was “stalked” by paparazzi and “felt unsafe a lot,” the doting mother did not let this colour her view of Harry. Sharing her positive first impressions, she said: “He was 6’1, a handsome man with red hair, really great manners. He was just really nice. And they looked really happy together. Yeah, like he was the one.”

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One year after their relationship became public, King Charles III’s youngest son clarified that the couple had become very involved in one another’s families. During their engagement interview in 2017, the happy couple revealed they had spent lots of time with Meghan’s mother.

“I’m sure the onset, both my parents and my close friends were concerned, because we got very quickly swept up in a media storm that, as I shared, was not part of my life before that, but they also had never seen me so happy,” she said of the start of their relationship.  “And I think also once my friends – excuse me, were able to – to really meet Harry, and my mum, who we’ve spent a lot of time with, who is so much fun.” Prince Harry added: “Her mum’s amazing.”

Following their royal wedding in 2018, which Meghan reportedly planned with input from Doria, the Duke and Duchess spent their summer break in a private Cotswolds home where Doria reportedly visited them. Royal correspondent Omid Scobie later wrote on Twitter: “Doria is said to enjoy a close relationship with Harry and continues to be a pillar of strength for Meghan.”

They also decided to share their low-key first wedding anniversary with Doria in 2019. In Finding Freedom, co-authors Omid and Carolyn Durandit wrote: “On the anniversary of their first year of marriage, Harry and Meghan enjoyed a traditional Sunday lunch with Doria, her last meal before travelling back to LA.

Also read: Meghan Markle’s insecurity that Prince Harry adores.

Located less than two hours away from Doria’s Los Angeles home, Harry and Meghan’s property boasts a nine-bedroom main house and a separate two-bedroom guesthouse which offers Doria plenty of space to stay – especially if she wants to help out with babysitting duties and spend lots of quality time with her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.

During these visits, Doria has likely passed on her passion for yoga, which her daughter already shares. Meghan is known to love yoga and other mindful practices, and her husband reportedly embraced an early-morning Buddhist meditation routine.

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Prince Harry displays a sweet photo with mum, Diana, during a surprise virtual appearance

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Prince Harry was surrounded by personal touches as he made a surprise virtual appearance to help his green travel initiative.

The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, appeared at Travalyst’s annual convening on April 16.

On April 16, the Duke of Sussex appeared via video to speak at Travalyst’s annual convening in the South of France, where he suggested the travel industry to put sustainability at the heart of tourism.

Displayed on the bookshelf behind Prince Harry appeared to be a photo of him as a boy with his late mother, Princess Diana. The picture, which was also featured in black-and-white in Harry’s memoir Spare, showed a young Harry wrapping his arms around his mother as he also rests his head on her shoulder. Princess Diana died in August 1997 following a car crash in Paris when Prince Harry was just 12.

Eagle-eyed royal fans also spotted that the top of the bookshelf featured a sketch of Meghan Markle featuring the outfits that the Duchess of Sussex wore during the couple’s visit to New York City in September 2021. The visit saw the pair take to the stage at Global Citizen Live and tour the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, marking their first joint public appearances since welcoming their daughter Princess Lilibet, now 2, in June 2021.

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Jennifer Vallez, the Connecticut-based illustrator behind the artwork, previously told PEOPLE how her pieces became part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s household after an image of their family was spotted in the background of a previous video.

“I received an email from Meghan’s assistant expressing appreciation for my illustrations documenting the Duke and Duchess’ love story. They conveyed a desire to support my work,” Vallez said. “I was aware they got my art when Meghan sent a lovely handwritten thank-you note. However, I wasn’t sure how they’d showcase it. The fact that one of my prints is now in Prince Harry’s office is simply surreal!”

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Also on the bookcase behind Prince Harry was a book that said “California” on the spine, nodding to the state where Harry and Meghan reside with son Prince Archie, 4, and daughter Princess Lilibet. During his virtual appearance, Prince Harry spoke with people who have been impacted by travel and tourism and stressed that “we must do better by the people who are the custodians of the places we visit.”

“Travel and tourism rely on destinations, held together by communities, without which we have nowhere to travel to,” Harry said, adding that “communities are the beating heart of travel.”

“We’ve heard from some fantastic organizations like Invisible Cities who train people affected by homelessness to be tour guides in their city, and Global Himalayan Expedition, whose programs have helped electrify over 200 Himalayan villages impacting over 60,000 lives for the better,” he continued. “More and more people are wanting to make informed travel choices so that the benefit of travel is felt by all. Travalyst and its partners bring a combined market value of nearly $3 trillion and are working hard to provide that resource at a systems level.” 

“I think having Prince Harry involved in these sorts of discussions is vital,” said Sally Davey, CEO at Travalyst. “It demonstrates how critical it is to have community voices at the heart of everything that we’re doing. We were there to listen, as was Prince Harry, to hear those voices, to learn, and to understand how can do better by those people and those places.”

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“It’s so obvious that he cares,” she added. Prince Harry launched the initiative in September 2019 and shared how it was inspired by an unexpected interaction with a young boy he met during a visit to a coral reef replanting project in the Caribbean back in 2012.

“I had a 7-year-old come up to me, tug my shirt, and say with such conviction: ‘Because of your country, my country’s coral reef is dying,’ ” Harry recalled during his speech. “This boy, despite his age, had touched on a powerful truth. He already understood that the environmental damage caused to the reef was created by the actions of people outside his country. And he was absolutely spot on.” “His words deeply affected me because they revealed the full impact outsiders can have on a community without even realizing it,” he added.

Prince Harry’s appearance on April 16 comes after his and Meghan’s Archewell Productions revealed that two new nonfiction series are in the “early stages” of production at Netflix, with one of the series providing viewers with “unprecedented access to the world of professional polo,” a sport Harry has played for decades.

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