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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently celebrated their son Archie's second birthday but royal experts are baffled by how they did it.
To mark the occasion, they released a new photo of the two-year-old who was standing with his back to the camera and holding onto a large set of balloons.
However, some royal fans were disappointed they weren't able to see his face and haven't had a clear picture of the tot since the family moved across the Atlantic from the UK.
To discuss the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes' decision to release 'artistic' style shots of their son, royal expert Russell Myers sat down with the Daily Mirror's Ann Gripper.
The pair pointed out that since the Sussexes stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family last year, a 'full-colour' clear snap of Archie hasn't been released.
Ann said: "Since they've left they've never done a full-colour photo of Archie."
Speaking about the latest snap, Russell said: "I don't know how I feel, if you're trying to protect your child's privacy, and they're not members of the Royal Family why are you putting pictures up of Archie on his birthday?
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"I just didn't understand it."
He further explained: "That's the royal thing isn't it? If you're going to put out pictures of the kids on their birthdays that's really accepted and lots of royal fans wait for those moments.
"So why take a photo of the back of your child's head?"
But Ann leapt to the couple's defence, pointing out: "I think a lot of celebrities do that, if you think about how celebrities announce they had a baby they don't post a picture of the baby because they want the baby to be protected, but they'll post a picture of them holding their little finger."
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Ann goes on to say how Instagram is 'stylised' and how users upload different types of photos on the social media platform.
"It's another case of where they're damned if they do and damned if they don't," Ann added.
"They have clearly decided that there's an interest in Archie people do care about Archie and people who want to celebrate him and his birthday. We can use that to have a positive effect on the world without it damaging him'."
Meghan and Harry urged people to donate to support vaccine charities to cover the cost of a dose for someone in need as part of their birthday message.
They wrote on their Archewell Foundation website: "We cannot think of a more resonant way to honor our son’s birthday.
"If we all show up, with compassion for those we both know and don’t know, we can have a profound impact. Even a small contribution can have a ripple effect."
- Meghan Markle
- Prince Harry
- Royal Family
- Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor
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