Harry and Meghan to christen Lilibet in the US and avoid Archie controversy

Prince HarryandMeghan Markleare likely to christen Lilibet in the US without the “controversy” that surrounded Archie’s ceremony, a royal expert has claimed.

In July 2019, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby boy was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a private baptism, with the couple excluding the press and public.

At the time, they also refused to reveal the identity of his godparents.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams believes they will “do things their own way” when it comes to Lilibet.

He told Express.co.uk: "Harry and Meghan’s relations with the British press went badly downhill when Archie was christened in private and the names of the godparents were not released."

He added: "The Sussexes were emphatic that they intended to do things their own way and so it has proved."

Their decision not to release a picture of Lilibet shows they are acting on their own terms, Mr Fitzwilliams believes.

He went on: "It must be likely that she will be christened in California though there were rumours of a possible christening at Windsor…but without the controversy that surrounded Archie’s christening."

Last month, royal sources claimed that Harry and Meghan wanted their daughter to be christened in Windsor so the Queen can attend.

The couple are willing to “wait until circumstances allow”, theMail Onlinereported.

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If it were to go ahead, it would be Meghan's first trip back to Britain since the move across the Atlantic with her husband Harry and little Archie.

Their intentions were supposedly "made clear" when Harry returned to the UK for the unveiling of Princess Diana's statue.

The source said: "Harry told several people that they want to have Lili christened at Windsor, just like her brother.

"They are happy to wait until circumstances allow."

Gertrude Daly, who runs the Gerts Royal Replies website, believes the move would bolster Lilibet’s royal standing.

She previously told the Daily Star: “To become monarch you must be specifically 'in communion with the Church of England'.

“And to become Monarch you must be specifically 'in communion with the Church of England'.

"The Succession rules don’t lay out exactly what that means. There is nothing saying you need to be baptised, or confirmed by a certain age. As long as you aren’t baptized or confirmed into another religion, you probably would be able to keep your place.

"But, given the Queen’s role as head of Church of England, I would expect the Sussexes to christen Lilibet in England.”

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