Sources allege the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are considering a ceremony in California
When it comes to christening Lilibet Diana, her parents reportedly want to keep things local.
On Tuesday, royal sources told the UK Telegraph that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be christening their daughter in the Church of England and are considering a ceremony in California instead.
by outlet, it was previously suggested that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who named their four-month-old baby after Queen Elizabeth II, would christen their baby at Windsor Castle in front of the reigning monarch, who is still her great-granddaughter. not found from. person.
However, those palace insiders are now alleging that a christening across the pond was “highly impossible” and the couple would instead christen their daughter in the Episcopal Church in America.
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According to the outlet, Markle was baptized and confirmed in the Church of England in a private ceremony hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The couple’s firstborn Archie was also christened by the Archbishop in a secret ceremony.
news came shortly after people magazine It was reported that the couple would miss an event celebrating the life of Princess Diana on October 19. According to the outlet, Prince William will attend a private reception for donors who funded the Diana statue, which was unveiled in July on the late royal’s 60th birthday. The outlet noted that instead, Harry would reach out to donors privately.
Harry, 37, returned to London for the unveiling of the statue and reunited with his 39-year-old older brother for the first time since the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip in April. Markle, 40, who gave birth to Lilibet in June, didn’t go abroad for any opportunities.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the statue’s unveiling was a small-scale event attended only by Diana’s close family members, as well as members of the statue committee, the sculptor of the statue and the designer of Sunken Gardens.
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Representatives for the Duke and Duchess did not immediately respond to Granthshala News’ request for comment.
In September, the couple traveled to New York City for several public appearances and meetings, marking their first joint visit since Lillibet’s birth.
Markle, a former American actress, became the Duchess of Sussex when she married the British prince at Windsor Castle in May 2018. The couple welcomed a son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departure from royal duties began in 2020, in what they described as intrusive British media and racist attitudes towards the former “Suits” star. The family now resides in the coastal city of Montecito, Calif.
In the wake of leaving royal duties, he gave an explosive TV interview to Oprah Winfrey in March, in which the couple made painful comments describing how dark Archie’s skin could be before his birth. The Duchess spoke about the deep isolation she felt inside the royal family that led her to contemplate suicide.
Buckingham Palace said the racism allegations leveled by the couple were “relatable” and would be addressed privately.
On June 4, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet “Lily” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The child is eighth in line to the British throne.
The name pays tribute to both the 95-year-old queen, whose family surname is Lilibet, and her late mother.