Lilibet deprived of royal baptism. While they had expressed the wish to have their daughter baptized in accordance with the rules of the royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally gave up organizing such a ceremony in Windsor, as for their son Archie. Instead, the Sussex couple could choose according to some royal experts to organize a baptism in Los Angeles, and this under the rites of the Episcopalian Church, to which the Duchess belonged before her marriage. However, who says ceremony in the United States, also says absence of the royal family. Indeed, it is unlikely that Elizabeth II will make such a long plane trip to attend the baptism of her eleventh great-grandchild, whom she has only seen via video calls since her birth on June 4.
By being baptized in the Episcopalian Church, Lilibet will thus be the first of the Queen’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren not to be baptized in the Church of England. But far from causing a conflict of beliefs with the other members of the royal family, it is especially the busy schedules of Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, but also Kate Middleton and Prince William, which could prevent them from doing the trip. “I don’t think any member of the immediate royal family would have the time. Their schedules are organized six months in advance,” Ingrid Seward told The Mirror, while the Duke of Cambridge is the one who at the departure issued the most reservations about this baptism.
Who will be Lilibet’s godfather and godmother?
In the event of a baptism in Los Angeles, it is however likely that some members of the royal family will make the trip, and this if some are chosen as godfather and godmother of Lilibet. While Mark Dyer and Tiggy Pettifer, Prince Harry’s former squire and ex-nanny, have been chosen for Archie, Princess Eugenie could be an “obvious” choice of godmother for the daughter of the Sussex couple. Because in addition to being the cousin to whom the Duke is closest, the young mother and daughter of Prince Andrew was also a friend of Meghan Markle before her marriage, and has always been a great support for the royal couple. However, no need for a royal family if they decided this time to give these roles to those close to the Duchess … And maybe even to Oprah Winfrey?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Backgrid USA