‘She did it because she’s a mate’: Queen’s former Press Secretary Dickie Arbiter blasts Meghan for letting CBS star friend Gayle King film her ‘ULTRA stage-managed’ Royal baby reveal
- The Queen’s former Press Secretary spoke out about royal baby Archie on GMB
- Dickie Arbiter claims baby Archie’s introduction to world was ‘stage managed’
- He hit out at the couple’s decision to invite an American network to the photocall
- Claimed new mother Meghan had ‘helped out her mate’, CBS host Gayle King
The Queen’s former Press Secretary has today hit out at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s ‘stage-managed’ photocall and warned Meghan against ‘helping mates’ in the American media.
Harry and Meghan yesterday introduced their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor to the world but sparked controversy after inviting the American TV network CBS to cover the event.
It was timed perfectly to coincide with its morning show in the US which is fronted by the duchess’s confidante Gayle King.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Dickie Arbiter said this morning: ‘It was handled with a certain amount of secrecy and stage management. And I’m being generous.
‘They are all stage managed, but this is ultra stage managed. It was a well organised piece of machinery.
‘They didn’t need the extra camera there. It was done because she [King] was a mate.’
The beaming couple with their new son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor at St George’s Hall yesterday
The Queen’s former press spokesman had strong words for the Sussexes over the coverage
The couple seemingly snubbed British and Commonwealth broadcasters, choosing to time the three-minute long conference at Windsor Castle yesterday to correspond with the US breakfast TV shows, one of which King is a host.
Mr Arbiter warned they were ‘treading on dodgy ground’ by choosing a US broadcaster.
The Queen’s former press secretary, Dickie Arbiter
While the inclusion of CBS in the media pool was purportedly to allow the pictures to make US Breakfast Shows, Mr Arbiter labelled this ‘a fatuous excuse’ because syndication deals would have ensured US coverage.
Miss King’s ‘royal special’ is due to be broadcast in the US to coincide with the couple’s first wedding anniversary on May 19.
On ITV today, Mr Arbiter also slammed the couple for only announcing Meghan had gone into labour some eight hours after she had given birth.
He also said it was ‘absolutely nonsense’ the couple invited an American television crew under the seemingly false pretense they would ‘get the pictures quicker’ over to the US.
He argued this was not necessary because the pictures and footage would have gone global regardless. He said CBS were invited only because ‘King is a mate’ of the Duchess.
Mr Arbiter, now a respected royal pundit around the world, worked at the palace between 1988 and 2000.
He added: ‘The way they did it there was nothing wrong with it. They chose to do a small group of media. Fine.
‘It’s when they start adding to it. She is a member of the royal family. First and foremost. The tv hosts are very generous to Meghan, and so are British media.
‘You have to differentiate between overall media and social media. Social media brings out a lot of badness.
On ITV today, Mr Arbiter said: ‘It was handled with a certain amount of secrecy and stage management. And I’m being generous’
The Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter claimed the photocall was managed ‘with secrecy and stage management’
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born weighing 7lbs 3oz, shortly after dawn broke at 5.26am on Monday morning
On the newest member of the royal family, Mr Arbiter said he was ‘not surprised’ baby Archie had not been given a title.
He added: ‘The title will not do him any favours in 20 years time. He will relish the idea of not having a title.
‘When his grandfather comes to the throne, he could get a title. He could be given one, he is the grandchild of the sovereign.’
And he also praised the new parents on their choice of name.
‘I think the name is terrific, its gone away form the norm. We all got the name wrong. It’s terrific, he will enjoy that name in later life.’