Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will reportedly be christened on Saturday, July 6 — two months to the day after his May 6 birth.
Royal sources have told London’s The Times that parents Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are planning an intimate christening at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel, where they wed in May 2018. The ceremony will be private, in deference to their wishes to raise their son as a “private citizen.”
Hello!, meanwhile, reports that the guest list has been limited to 25 guests, including Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland. The queen is not expected to attend.
The infant’s godparents will also presumably be present, though they have not yet been named. Serena Williams, a close friend of Meghan’s, has been suggested as a possible godmother.
According to Rebecca English, royal correspondent for the Daily Mail, the couple will break with tradition by releasing their own photo from the christening, rather than allowing media access on the day to cover arrivals.
Baby #ArchieHarrison will be christened in the Queen’s private chapel at Windsor Castle (not St George’s Chapel) next Saturday,, tomorrow’s #DailyMail can reveal. There will be just 25 guests attending the intimate family ceremony. Pictures will be released afterwards.— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) June 30, 2019
But while royal christenings are traditionally private affairs — with Princess Charlotte’s being the exception — Meghan and Harry are facing some flak as their reported plans come on the heels of news that U.K. taxpayers funded renovations on their home. Some are now accusing the couple of being hypocritical by taking public money while demanding privacy, while members of the media are complaining about the lack of access.
Piers Morgan, last seen having it out with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, accused them of using the press “when it suits them.”
'They like to use the Press repeatedly when it suits them to promote themselves... you can't turn that tap on and off as and when you see fit.'@piersmorgan on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly making the decision to keep the christening of baby Archie private. pic.twitter.com/Y2lpBViY8v— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) July 1, 2019
They are happy to take money from the public purse but don't want public to have any part of their private lives and duties? They can't have it both ways. They are either Royals with everything that entails, or private citizens with no public funding at all. Hypocrites— bookfan2 (@HappyWalker59) July 1, 2019
So it seems like a small facility to cover arrivals would be reasonable, with official photographs to be released later in the day. There’s an incredible amount of goodwill, still, for Harry and Meghan and it would be a nice way to reciprocate that.— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) June 30, 2019
Fans of the couple, however, have swooped to their defense. Many say Meghan and Harry are understandably wary of the media given the negative coverage they’ve received.
The only ones moaning about Archie's christening being private are the haters, don't worry you lot will be able to criticise Archie's looks, skin tone and compare him to his cambridge cousins when official photos from the day are made public 🙄😐 #MeghanMarkle— Connie_1990 (@Connie19901) July 1, 2019
You all didn’t have the decency to allow her a modicum of humanity throughout her pregnancy. The goodwill that you all afforded her is being reciprocated.— DeAsia (@_iamDjayB) June 30, 2019
They will reciprocate. To the public. Us. We will get pics. We’re happy. Please don’t project your bitterness.— The Age of Sussex (@brenbrenchie) June 30, 2019
What is this anti Megan & Harry agenda about. Media intrusion killed his mother, who can blame Harry wanting to protect his family. Frogmore cottage was renovated using existing royal funds. We weren't charged extra. #teamsussex— Truly Scrumptious (@Cattleclass) July 1, 2019
This is perplexing to me, are you shocked that they have all this goodwill even after the continuous negative and abusive hit articles you and your colleagues have written against them? Do you guys have any humanity left in you or it's just about money? We 💖💖💖 them!— Benedicta Weir (@adzo72) June 30, 2019
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