Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan haven’t really released too much information about their son Archie’s July 6th christening. But the couple did decide to provide some details that will undoubtedly ruffle a few feathers.
In keeping with their quest to shield their son from the public eye and protect him as much as possible, Harry and Meghan revealed that the godparents’ identities will remain private. They also announced what we already suspected—that Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will be presiding over the ceremony while their go-to photographer, Chris Allerton, will be taking pictures throughout the day. The statement from Buckingham Palace also confirmed what we already knew: that Archie’s christening will take place in the Private Chapel of Windsor Castle.
As previously reported, Harry and Meghan “wanted an intimate, peaceful setting in a place with such a special connection to Her Majesty” for Archie’s big day. It also helps that the Sussexes won’t have far to travel, seeing as Frogmore Cottage is also on the grounds of Windsor Castle. That’ll allow for things to be that much more contained. For royal fans, however, it might mean less opportunity to assess the guests and suss out who the godparents could be, unless Allerton feels like being generous with his lens. But don’t count on that. The photographer, who also shot their wedding day in May 2018 and captured the special moment when Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip met their great-grandson for their first time, probably won’t be providing any hints.
Expect photographs from Archie’s christening (taken by Chris Allerton) to be shared with the world. Buckingham Palace have announced that @JustinWelby will be conducting Saturday’s ceremony: pic.twitter.com/xt3Zw9gN91
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) July 3, 2019
Some fans, media and royal experts are disappointed that Harry and Meghan aren’t sharing the identities of the godparents with the public. But if it’s a means to protect both their son and their loved ones, what’s wrong with that? The wording of their statement, “in keeping with their wishes,” had many wondering who they meant by “their” — Meghan and Harry, or the godparents — and royal reporter Chris Ship learned it was “both.”
The godparents, I’m told are not public figures or celebrities, but private citizens. And therefore both they, and Harry and Meghan, don’t wish their names to be made public.
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) July 3, 2019
It’s totally understandable to feel honoured at being asked to be one of Archie’s godparents but, at the same time, have no desire to be bombarded by public interest. And Harry and Meghan shouldn’t be harassed for keeping their identities secret.
We may not ever know who the godparents are but we do know there will be new pics of Archie popping up on their Instagram feed. So at least there’s that to look forward to.
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