The royal christening
Talk of Archie has run the gamut of topics, from who he most looks like, to whether he’s sleeping, to his nanny arrangements and much, much more.
This week, Archie’s christening is top-of-mind with royal watchers, with the little boy due to be baptised this coming Saturday.
It had been assumed that this christening would roll out as those of his cousins – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – had. But Meghan and Harry have diverted from tradition and will christen their son privately.
This obviously means there will be no photocall before the christening, so we won’t see the family, friends and godparents enter the church as we did when Will and Kate baptised their children.
This private christening reveal was met with dismay by many fans of the monarchy. They had been keen to spot Archie in the arms of his parents and share some of this special day with them.
A private life
Now even more news about Archie’s christening has come to light. Meg and Harry have also chosen to keep their son’s godparents private, with no public announcement of which friends and family will fill these roles.
The godparents are usually announced by Buckingham Palace reps ahead of royal christenings, but obviously, the Sussexes mean what they say about Archie having a private life.
A 3 July statement issued by Buckingham Palace read:
“Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be christened in a small private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday 6th July.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look forward to sharing some images taken on the day by photographer Chris Allerton. The godparents, keeping with their wishes, will remain private.”
So while we don’t get to see the royals shuffling into church greeted by the Archbishop, we will get to see some fresh photos of the newest little royal possibly later that day, or the following day.
Meghan and Harry truly are determined to protect their little boy from the media circus and obviously hope to give him some semblance of normality as he grows up.
And after Harry’s very public early years and resulting in an ongoing struggle with mental health challenges, who can blame them for that?