Prince Harry is a new dad and leave it to his wife, the social media-savvy Duchess Meghan, to know just what we would want to see on Harry’s first Father’s Day: a pic of daddy and son Archie. Just as they did on Mother’s Day, Meghan and Harry took to Instagram to celebrate the occasion.
“Happy Father’s Day!” read the caption on the couple’s official Instagram page on Sunday. “And wishing a very special first Father’s Day to The Duke of Sussex.” The sepia-toned photo shows Harry—as well as a closeup of his simple wedding band—cradling his son. But what’s even cuter is Archie’s tiny hand grasping his father’s finger. Now, we don’t get a full shot of Archie’s face because Meghan knows exactly how to show us just enough while maintaining a little mystery. But we’ll take what the Sussexes are ready to share because what they shared is adorable.
Five weeks ago, Harry and Meghan shared a photo of their’s son’s feet against his mother’s hand. The Mother’s Day pic also honoured Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, as it was taken at their home Frogmore Cottage, with forget-me-nots—Diana’s favourite flower—in the background. The couple have made it their mission to protect Archie since his birth, only releasing a few pictures and never showing his entire face, as they continue to define their version of the royal life. But that looks to be changing soon enough.
According to The Express, it won’t be long before we see Archie again. It’s been widely reported that the baby’s christening is scheduled for July, though the exact date is unknown. What we do know is the venue, and it’s pretty perfect: St George’s Chapel. It’s not only where Harry and Meghan were married but it’s where Harry was baptized at three months old way back in 1984.
The Mirror adds that Archie will wear the traditional Windsor garment for the day, a replica of the lace christening gown commissioned by Queen Victoria for the baptism of her first child, Princess Victoria, in 1841. It’s been worn by 62 royal babies, including Harry and brother William, but after all those years and diapers, a replica needed to be created.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who officiated their marriage, will also take on Archie’s service. The Archbishop also baptized and confirmed Meghan two months before their wedding.
Naturally Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland will also be there. (Presumably, her father, Thomas Markle, won’t.) And while many other royals will be in attendance, one very important person, some would argue, the most important person, might miss the big day. The Daily Mail reports that Queen Elizabeth “will miss the christening because of prior commitments,” noting that while she attended the christenings of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Her Majesty missed Prince Louis‘ baptism last year.
That’s the tentative guest list, though we don’t know who the godparents will be just yet. For now, we can only speculate. (Jessica Mulroney? Serena Williams? Zara Tindall?) Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long to find out who made the cut.