Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor, who is seventh in line for the British throne and the child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, is having his christening today. The couple have chosen to keep the christening private, having prevously made it clear that they’d like to keep Archie out of the spotlight as much as possible. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will christen the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby son during a small ceremony at Windsor Castle.
As we wait to see if any more news on the baptism will be released, here’s what you need to know about the identity of baby Archie’s godparents… Who are Harry and Meghan’s choice of godparents for Archie? Buckingham Palace has previously announced that Meghan and Harry would be eschewing tradition and keeping the identrity of their chosen godparents a secret from the public.
The statement on the subject read: ‘The godparents, in keeping with their wishes, will remain private.’ Traditionally, royal godparents used to be elderly or foreign relatives, however Harry and Meghan seem likely to follow in William and Kate’s footsteps and opt largely for friends over family.
As a result of all this secrecy, speculation as to who the secret godparents could be has been rife, with the likes of Meghan’s stylist and best friend Jessica Mulroney, fashion designer Micha Nonoo, who introduced Harry to Meghan via a blind date, the couple’s human right’s lawyer friend Amal Clooney, and Harry’s longtime friend Tom Inskip all considered to be possibilities.
Royal babies typically have more than just two godparents, with the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, who was born eighth in line to the throne and baptised in 2004, having five godparents in total. Prince George, the eldest son of William and Kate, has seven godparents, his sister Charlotte has five, and the youngest Louis has six, so it’s safe to assume that Archie will have a similar number of his own.