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EXIF data of photo of Prince Harry-Meghan Markle’s baby christening say it was taken 2 months prior

On May 6, 2019, nearly a year after their wedding, Britain’s Prince Harry (PH), 34, and his American wife, the former minor Hollywood actress Meghan Markle (MM), 37, announced on Instagram that their son was born that “early morning,” weighing 7 lb. 3 oz. Other details of the baby’s birth are kept “private”.

Two days later, on May 8, in a press conference, PH and MM, aka the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, introduced their baby to the world — Archie Harrison, 7th in line to the throne, who had been overdue by at least a week. By some calculations, the baby’s due date should have been in March or April. (Town&Country)

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle introduce baby Archie to the world, May 8, 2019

On the morning of July 6, 2019, 2-month-old Archie was christened (baptized) in a private ceremony (no reporters) in the private chapel at Windsor Castle. (Town&Country)

Reporter Roya Nikkah wrote in the Sunday Times that Archie’s private christening “is in contrast to the decision by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge  [Prince William and Kate] to let cameras capture their children at their christenings, together with the arrivals of family members and godparents, before holding private services.”

PH and MM did release two photos taken by photographer Chris Allerton a few hours after the christening ceremony — a black-and-white photo of PH, MM, and Archie; and a color group photo (see below), in which Archie’s anonymous godparents are missing.

Photo published on Town&Country

Front row, from left to right: Camilla (wife of Prince Charles), Prince Harry, Meghan Markle holding Archie, Kate (wife of Prince William).

Back row, from left to right: Prince Charles, Princess Diana’s two sisters, Prince William.

Many noted how inappropriate Harry‘s scruffy brown suede shoes were. Notice that he wore the same shoes and same light-grey suit, but a different tie, to both the May 8 press conference and the July 6 christening.

Digital photos are embedded with EXIF (Exchangeable Image File Format) data, such as ISO speed, shutter speed, aperture, white balance, camera model and make, date and time when the photo was taken, lens type, focal length and much more.

PhotographyLife explains:

Being able to read such data can be of great importance not only for beginners, but also for other photographers who want to find out what settings and tools were used to create a particular photograph…. [S]pecific tools that are capable of reading this information must be used to view it. For example, some image viewers and post-processing tools like Lightroom are capable of viewing and extracting such information…while some operating systems are capable of reading this data to display relevant data.

To find out how you can view EXIF data on the Mozilla Firefox and Chrome browsers, go here.

Below is an example of the EXIF data of a photo. I painted a red box around “original date and time”, i.e., when the photo was originally taken.

Using the “File info” feature in Photoshop, a tumblr poster called gofakeyourselfmeghan found the following EXIF data of the baby christening group photo, showing the original date and time of the photo to be May 8, 2019, 10:56 PM (22:56:06) — the same day when PH and MM “introduced” Archie to the world.

I verified this by downloading the EXIF viewer add-on for Mozilla Firefox browser, then I right-clicked on the christening group pic on meghansmirror.com. (I used the christening pic published on the Meghan’s Mirror blog because the same pic published on Town&Country and other news sites is stripped of EXIF data, which is curious to say the least.) This is the EXIF data I got:

A UK tweeter enlarged Prince William’s watch, which shows the time 10:56, consistent with the EXIF data’s 10:56PM original time:

Don’t be fooled by claims of the photo’s “creation date” of July 6, 2019. That date refers to when the photo was published, not when the photo was originally taken. You can see that for yourself by going to Town&Country:

  • Right-click the group pic
  • On the drop-down menu, click “View image info”
  • A new page called “Page Info” will pop up
  • Click “General”

I took this screenshot of the pic’s “Page Info”, showing July 6, 2019 as the date when the pic was published, not the date when the photo was taken.

The question that must be asked is why the deception? Why are UK taxpayers told that baby Archie was christened on July 6, when the EXIF data say the christening took place two months prior, on May 8, 2019?

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