LONDON – Eleven days after the arrival of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the birth certificate of Royal Tyke was published – and a puzzle solved.
Get ready: Baby Archie was born in a hospital.
We know that this is a shock. Queen Elizabeth II's eighth grand-grandchild did not arrive in a bathtub at Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Castle grounds, as royal correspondents had previously speculated.
Archie was born at Portland Hospital, an upscale American company, private medical center in London's Westminster district on the morning of May 6.
The exact circumstances and circumstances of the birth of the son of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, were of great interest because:
1. Harry and Meghan, the palace warned, "made a personal decision to keep the plans for the arrival of their baby secret". That's how royal observers freaked out.
2. Meghan is a feminist, an American from California, and so was rumored / reported in the British press that she wanted to have a home birth (audible Tsk-Tsking), with a helping hand from a midwife, not a group of men in suits. (Never mind that most British mothers have babies with midwives.)
3. This protocol was recently broken by Harry's older brother Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who dutifully had their three heirs in the delivery section of St. Mary's Hospital in London – and appeared several hours later to pose the global cameras with the newborn.
The birth certificate had a different kind of coolness.
The mother's name is "Rachel Meghan, Her Royal Highness, Duchess of Sussex."
And then for cast? "Princess of the United Kingdom".