Who Are Archie's Godparents? We Might Not Ever Know
If you tried to list all of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's notable and famous friends, you'd be here for a while.
So it's safe to say Archie's godparents, of which there could be many, would be someone who we know and recognise. George and Amal Clooney, we're looking at you.
Yet despite Archie's christening taking place on Saturday 6 July, where his godparents by tradition will be front and centre, it's likely we won't know who they are.
In a statement released on Thursday, Buckingham Palace shared that baby Archie's christening would be substantially different from those we have seen before when compared to the Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis' of the world.
That's because Archie's is going to be mostly private and as such, Markle and Prince Harry have decided not to share the identity of his godparents.
In the statement, the palace said: "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, in keeping with their wishes, will remain private.
So while there will be photos of little Archie to follow, we won't be finding out who is godparents are. Not on his christening and maybe not ever.
It's a surprising move considering we have always known who the godparents selected for the royals are.
Royal tradition stipulates a royal can have up to eight godparents and Prince George has seven, Princess Charlotte has five and Prince Louis has six.
The Sunday Times reported the godparents will be a “transatlantic mix” of Prince Harry and Markle's closest friends.
One of the people at the top of the list has been noted to be Jessica Mulroney, a close friend of Meghan's. She is a celebrity stylist with three children of her own and also the daughter-in-law of former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney.
Even the Obamas have been suggested, with royal biographer Angela Levin making the unexpected claim when talking to The Royal Box about the upcoming christening.
She said the two couples get along “very well” and Michelle even helped mentor Meghan during her transition into the royal family.
I think the Obamas could very well stand there because Harry has always got on very, very well with them.
“And Meghan does too. And Meghan has used Mrs. Obama to help her understand the royals and how she should do things. She’s used her as a bit of a mentor.”
Other notable names for the position include close friends of the couple's, George and Amal Clooney, Serena Williams and Elton John.
Mark Dyer, a former equerry to the Prince of Wales and a mentor to both Prince William and Prince Harry has also been named. Dyer’s son Jasper, who was a pageboy at Harry and Meghan’s wedding, is also Harry’s godson.
Markus Anderson is another close friend of Markle, going back to her days on 'Suits'. He is also rumoured to have been friends with Prince Harry and Prince William, and might be the person who first introduced the now parents.
The decision to keep the identity of Archie's godparents a secret has upset royal fans, in part because of Prince Harry and Markle spending £2.4million of taxpayers’ money renovating their family home Frogmore Cottage.
The Church of England rules state that the details of baptisms, including the names of godparents, are a matter of public record which means they can be accessed by any person willing to pay a fee.
It's also a strange move when considering the Queen, who is Archie's great grandmother, is the head of the Church of England.
The Dean of Chelmsford Nicholas Henshall told the BBC, “Baptism should never be private - it’s a public demonstration of God’s love.”
Royal author Penny Juror further thought the decision was a mistake.
“They can’t have it both ways. Either they are totally private, pay for their own house and disappear out of view or play the game the way it is played," she told The Times.
“Seeing Archie and his godparents arriving at the christening is what people are interested in.”
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