Meghan & Harry’s refusal to reveal Archie’s godparents ‘proved they’d exaggerated own importance’, says bombshell book


PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle’s refusal to reveal Archie’s godparents proved they had “developed an exaggerated idea of their own importance,” a bombshell book has claimed.

Battle of Brothers alleges Meghan and Harry’s behaviour was “bizarre and paranoid” and an example of their “self-destructive ways”.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pictured with son Archie on the day of his Christening in July 2019

The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Prince William, and the Duchess of Cambridge pictured with Harry, Meghan and Archie on the day

Battle of Brothers discussed Meghan and Harry’s refusal to name son Archie’s Godparents

At the time of Archie’s christening, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying the names of Archie’s godparents “will remain private”.

It has since been suggested that The Duke of Sussex’s former nanny Tiggy Pettifer and his mentor Mark Dyer were given the respected roles for the smallest royal.

Writing in Battle of Brothers, author Robert Lacey asks: “How could any new Windsor royal be christened in a meaningful sense without the newcomer’s sponsors being known, if not present?

“What does such bizarre and paranoid behaviour indicate about the parents involved?

“One thing we may conclude is that Harry and Meghan had developed an exaggerated idea of their own importance.”

Other claims in the book include:

  • The Royal brother’s rift started when Harry announced Megxit without consulting the Queen
  • Prince William was so angry with Harry’s behaviour it was as if he had “un-brothered” him
  • Palace insiders thought Meghan’s ITV Africa interview was ‘miserably self-indulgent’
  • The Sussexes were “non-personed” when the Queen deliberately left Duke and Duchess of Sussex picture off the table during her Christmas speech
  • Harry and Meghan gave just ten minutes’ notice to the palace over their decision to quit the Royal Family

He continues: “The months since their marriage had demonstrated that the couple share a common character flaw — they both have a tendency to cascade downwards from their peaks of generous self-confidence into miserable moments of self-pitying victimhood. 

“They see the world as hostile and start behaving in self-destructive ways that make that hostility come to pass.”

Lacey adds that godparents are “an essential component of any Church of England christening process.”

He writes: “These adult mentors who will guide the new baby spiritually, morally and often materially through life are considered even more important for members of the Royal Family.”

His bombshell book, which alleges Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship was “utterly broken” after Megxit, also notes that Prince William and Kate Middleton did not visit baby Archie for a full eight days after his birth.

The author, who acted as a consultant on the hit Netflix series The Crown, says William “did not think too highly” of Harry and Meghan’s “prima donna manoeuvres to conceal the birth of their son”.

Meanwhile the Queen, Prince Philip, Charles and Camilla all turned up within hours to coo over the newborn.


Battle of Brothers discusses the alleged rift between Harry and William, claiming William refused to dine with Harry and the Queen when the 36-year-old royal was called to the “Sandringham Summit”, saying he was so angry it was like he had “un-brothered” the Duke of Sussex.

HOAR can also reveal that William and Harry have barely spoken in the past few months, other than to wish each other Happy Birthday.

A source said of the Megxit rift: “Harry hadn’t even had a meeting with the Queen to talk through their plans before announcing it to the world.

“The monarchy is an institution based on hierarchy and respect — something drummed into those boys growing up.

“What Harry did drove a horse and cart through royal protocol — putting their plans on Instagram and their website first.

“There was a moment in January when it could have been sorted out amicably. But this was a betrayal of his grandmother that William has struggled to understand, and their relationship remains strained.

“William loves his brother deeply. This is why it is so hurtful to him.”

It is a remarkable split considering how close the brothers were after losing their mum aged just 12 and 15.

William once described their relationship as “uniquely bonded”.

But speaking during an ITV documentary in Africa 12 months ago Harry revealed they were now on “different paths”.

HOAR Online contacted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for comment.

The palace declined to comment.