Meghan Markle put out a false statement about the birth of Archie to avoid media attention, a new book claims.
Prince Harry and Meghan welcomed their first child, now three, into the world at Portland Hospital, London on May 6, 2019.
According to royal author Valentine Low, Archie's birth came following "a series of battles with the media that spring and summer" involving the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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Writing in his upcoming book Courtiers: the Hidden Power Behind the Crown, set to be released on Thursday, October 6 and serialised in The Times, Low explains that the Sussexes had also recently employed a new private secretary.
Sam Cohen, the outgoing private secretary, was apparently delighted to be leaving.
A source told Low: “Sam always made clear that it was like working for a couple of teenagers. They were impossible and pushed her to the limit. She was miserable.”
A friend said that Sam was fed up with "constantly having to battle on Harry and Meghan’s behalf, while taking all this abuse from them", with Low adding that she was having to arrange their personal lives too, becoming more involved than a private secretary would expect to be.
Cohen was replaced by Fiona Mcilwham shortly before Archie was born.
Low writes that Fiona Mcilwham initially loved the role, and wanted to help Meghan navigate the "cultural differences" she was a victim of as an American in the UK.
However, "it did not take long for the shine to wear off," Low claims.
One sticking point was a lavish baby shower that Meghan had in New York, but the main issue was Archie's birth.
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Low writes: "When Archie was due in May, Meghan was determined to avoid the indignity of a royal birth with journalists camped outside the hospital.
"The palace put out a statement saying that the duchess had gone into labour, only for it to emerge later than she had, in fact, given birth some eight hours before."
A spokesperson for Meghan and Harry has been contacted for comment.
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