Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry’s desire to do things differently became clear shortly after their royal wedding. However, the modernized royal couple’s wish to break away from what they believed to be outdated customs appeared to solidify further after the birth of their son Archie Harrison on May 6, 2019.
The question of Archie’s very private baptism on July 6, 2019 sparked a public backlash at the time as the Sussexes’ attempt to keep the milestone event a secret coincided with the revelation that they had spent £ 2.4million sterling taxpayer money to renovate their Frogmore Cottage home.
While it was not unusual for royal baptisms to be private, Harry’s brother Prince William had allowed the public limited access to his children’s three special days.
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Crowds were able to watch the Cambridge babies arrive at church with their parents ahead of the baptism.
Meghan and Harry’s decision to hold Archie’s christening at Windsor Castle’s private chapel did not set a new royal precedent – Sophie, the Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward’s children were baptized in the same location years ago.
However, the Sussexes’ decision to keep the identity of Archie’s godfathers a secret was a royal first.
In his new book, Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult, royal biographer and historian Robert Lacey has explained why the move may have put the Queen in a difficult one.
The announcement in the Buckingham Palace statement regarding Archie’s baptism read: “Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be baptized in a small private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the private chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday July 6.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are eager to share some images taken that day by photographer Chris Allerton.
” The [names of the] the godfathers and godmothers, in accordance with their wishes, will remain private. ”
Commenting on the unusual move, Mr Lacey wrote: ‘Confirming the palace announcement, the Sussex Royal office made it clear that the whole’ sponsor ‘issue was non-negotiable.
“The names of the sponsors would not be revealed.
“I have covered five or six baptisms in my royal career,” commented Majesty magazine editor Ingrid Seward on the Today program.
“And I have never encountered such a secret. ”
Meghan Markle and Harry moved to the United States with Archie in March.
The Sussex family now live in the California neighborhood of Montecito, Santa Barbara and are expected to stay there for the foreseeable future.
While Archie will be raised as a private citizen, he will automatically become a prince upon his grandfather, Prince Charles, ascension to the throne.