Tuesday 15 October 2019

Archie godparents to remain a secret

Parents Meghan and Prince Harry with baby Archie. Photo: PA
Parents Meghan and Prince Harry with baby Archie. Photo: PA

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will keep the names of baby Archie's godparents under wraps when he is christened in private.

In a break from his brother William - whose three children had their baptisms snapped by the media - the press will be banned tomorrow.

"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look forward to sharing some images taken on the day by photographer Chris Allerton," Buckingham Palace announced yesterday.

"The godparents, in keeping with their wishes, will remain private."

The press will not even be allowed to capture photos of the guests arriving at the chapel at Windsor Castle, so the party of around 25 people could remain a secret.

Pictures will be taken by the same photographer who captured Harry and Meghan's wedding reception.


He also took a behind-the-scenes shot of Archie with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Meghan's mother Doria Ragland in May.

The decision sparked controversy in the British media, in part because the royal couple's home was renovated with £2.4m (€2.68m) of UK taxpayers' money.

Anti-monarchy campaign group Republic questioned why so much was spent at a time when public services are under pressure.

Critics suggest occasions such as christenings should be public, but Harry and Meghan have repeatedly signalled they are entitled to privacy.

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