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Phil and Holly slam criticism of Meghan during 'private christening' debate

Archie will reportedly be christened this weekend

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have defended the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following reports they want a private christening for son Archie.

At the weekend, it was reported that Meghan and Harry want to ensure the newborn will be a "private citizen" - and his baptism will apparently not be treated as a media event.

On Monday's This Morning, Holly and Phil spoke to journalists Lebby Eyres and Harriet Marsden about the couple's apparent decision.

Holly defended Meghan (Credit: ITV)

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Lebby told the hosts: "We have a public right to see Archie. We've seen these two photos of him. It's very celebrity - it's not royal.

"That's not privacy, that's about control. That is about Meghan and Harry giving us this drip-feed of access of information. If anything, it's whipping up a frenzy about Archie."

Harriet then said: "But do you really want to watch two hours of a baby getting a bath? The tax payer doesn't have a right, it doesn't work like that.

"They [Meghan and harry] get to decide what they do and don't do with their baby."

Phil told the pair: "If it [the christening] had been televised, or they gave a bit more than Kate and William, she [Meghan] wouldn't win on that either because people would say, 'it's all too Hollywood'"

Harriet and Libby had different opinions on the issue (Credit: ITV)

Holly agreed, and hit back: "It's all very directed at Meghan - why is there such a downer on her?

"I'm sure we will see a picture - just one that they choose to show us."

It comes after royal fans were left divided over the issue.

It's all very directed at Meghan - why is there such a downer on her?

Royal journalist Penny Juror - whose biography of Harry was published in 2014 - is quoted as telling The Sunday Times that the couple’s decision ‘not to play the game’ is an error.

She said: "They can't have it both ways. Either they are totally private, pay for their own house and disappear out of view or play the game the way it is played.

It's believed Archie will be christened this weekend (Credit:

Read more: Meghan and Harry 'demand private christening' for baby Archie

"Seeing Archie and his godparents arriving at the christening is what people are interested in. It isn't baring your baby's soul, just giving the public who love and support them a crumb to enjoy."

Archie was born in the early hours of May 6 at London's Portland Hospital.

It's been said that the little royal will be christened this Saturday (July 6).

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