Meghan and Harry Hosted a Secret Christening for Baby Archie, And Guess Who They Forgot to Invite?
Everything has fallen perfectly in place for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry — or at least it looks like it. Despite being members of the royal family, they have successfully kept their private lives out of the limelight, but after the birth of their first son, Archie, the two parents have taken a much stricter stance on privacy. And many of their choices are quite logical, really.
Being part of the influential clan, there is no doubt that they are tantamount to media’s prying eyes and public attention, but despite their celebrity status, they have managed to steer clear from traditions and embraced modernity.
The latest royal practice the Duke and the Duchess have broken is with their bundle of joy, baby Archie’s private christening.
Breaking Royal Traditions
The couple welcomed Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor into this world on May 6 and unsurprisingly, the boy’s parents chose to disregard the tradition and announced the arrival of the baby in their own unique way.
For one, Meghan didn’t debut the child at the steps of Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital, a tradition that has long been practiced in the Royal family.
Kate Middleton followed this protocol with her three kids: Prince George, Prince Charlotte, and Prince Louis. And even late Princess Diana, Prince Harry and Prince William’s mother, introduced her children to the world at the steps of the iconic facility.
Instead, the new parents chose to do things their own way by holding a brief photo shoot and press conference at Windsor Chapel that was attended by a select few media personnel who captured the first glimpse of the baby.
Now, just two months after Meghan gave birth, the parents opted for a private christening and decided that they won’t be revealing the names of the baby’s godparents either, a decision that earned ire from royal watchers.
The Buckingham Palace finally confirmed the ceremony just days before it took place on July 6 and announced that only the royal photographer Chris Allerton will be allowed to snap pictures of the family.
The private affair was only attended by 25 family members and close friends, presumably along with the godparents.
In the photo released, Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother; Prince Charles and wife Princess Camila; Kate Middleton and husband Prince William; and Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, Princess Diana’s sisters, were present to witness the important event.
Comparatively, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their announcement for the christening of their three children and gave permission for the press to take photos of the event.
However, their decision is comprehensible since Prince William will someday take the throne, so they likely don’t have enough freedom to choose which traditions they want to stay away from.
For Meghan and Prince Harry, their choice to hold the celebration intimately is just as understandable, too, because they only highlighted how important it is to keep matters about their family private.
While the couple chose not to announce the godparents, that didn’t stop the public from speculating. Charlie van Straubenzee, a close friend of the royal brothers, was heavily suspected of being a godfather.
After all, Prince Harry was the best man in Charlie’s August wedding last year with Daisy Jenkins. Charlie was also invited in the May tying of the knot of Meghan and Prince Harry and was even reported to have given a speech during the royal wedding teasing his pal.
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