Meghan Markle Proud of Queen Photo With First Biracial Grandchild Archie

Meghan Markle felt "proud" at photos of Queen Elizabeth II with Baby Archie—her first biracial grandchild—a new biography reveals.

The Duchess of Sussex took her firstborn to meet his great grandmother in May 2019, immediately after the couple introduced a two-day-old Archie to the media.

Prince Harry and Meghan's mother Doria Ragland were with her as they posed for pictures with the queen and Prince Philip.

New biography Finding Freedom says Meghan felt proud of the moment because it brought "much-needed visibility around race and inclusion at the heart of the monarchy."

The book reads: "The moment was later shared in a photo on social media. All five adults around Archie, the first biracial grandchild of the Queen.

"The picture, taken by the couple's personal photographer Chris Allerton, was a hugely significant moment for the royal family.

"There, for the first time, was much-needed visibility around race and inclusion at the heart of the monarchy.

"'That made me proud,' Meghan told a friend."

The picture was added to the Sussex Royal Instagram account alongside a message confirming their baby's full name, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

The post read: "This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle.

"The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess' mother were also present for this special occasion."

The book also reveals the couple asked Prince Charles to intervene so Archie is not automatically made a prince when his grandfather becomes king.

Grandchildren of the monarch take on the title by default unless an intervention is made and Charles offered to issue a legal instruction to keep Archie title-free.

Meghan Markle Baby Archie Save With Stories
Meghan Markle holds Baby Archie on her lap as she reads one of his favorite stories, Duck! Rabbit!, as part of a campaign by Save With Stories, run by charity Save the Children. Prince Harry shot the footage, released to mark Archie's first birthday. Save the Children

A source told authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand: "To not have a senior role in the royal family but have a title is just a burden."

Finding Freedom claims Archie barely cried in the early days of his life and the young parents found him so quiet they found themselves wanting to check in on him to ensure he was okay.

However, the book also reveals the rift between Meghan and her father Thomas Markle had become so deep she asked her mother to tell him about the birth.

The authors write: "Doria messaged Thomas with the news, which Meghan had asked her to do.

"The new mother did not want him to find out after the rest of the world.

"But she didn't want to know whether her father replied to her mother's text."

There has been heated speculation around whether Harry and Meghan co-operated with the book's authors, which both the Sussexes and the two writers deny.

The Daily Telegraph reported on a line in an "author's note" at the back of the book stating: "We have spoken with close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace staff (past and present), the charities and organizations they have built long-lasting relationships with and, when appropriate, the couple themselves."

Let’s make one thing clear: There’s a huge difference between exchanging a few words with a member of the Royal Family on an official engagement or tour to actually interviewing them.

The amount of nonsense doing the rounds right now is unreal.

— Omid Scobie (@scobie) August 12, 2020

However, Scobie posted on Twitter today: "Let's make one thing clear: There's a huge difference between exchanging a few words with a member of the Royal Family on an official engagement or tour to actually interviewing them.

"The amount of nonsense doing the rounds right now is unreal."