Prince William and Kate Middleton were among the very select group of friends and family invited to attend the christening of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
WHEN, WHERE, WHO
The 2-month-old Archie was baptized on Saturday, July 6th by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a private christening at a private chapel at Windsor Castle in front of about 25 people, according to multiple reports. The chapel is said to be near St. George’s Chapel, where Harry and Meghan married in May of 2018, and where Harry was christened in 1984. Justin Welby, the Archbishop, also married the pair and has reportedly “close to Meghan.”
Harry and Meghan, as they have many times before, broke with the royal tradition of inviting the press to cover some portion of the christening. They did release official images taken by Chris Allerton, however. (He also snapped their wedding).
Harry’s father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall were photographed leaving the Castle via a royal helicopter following the event. Doria Ragland was also in attendance. Queen Elizabeth, 93, and her husband Prince Philip, 98, were not in attendance.
Their bid for privacy has been lambasted in the U.K., where critics claim on social media that they are “selfish” “hypocrites” for “accepting taxpayer money” and demanding “privacy.”
Meghan’s estranged father was also displeased by the manner in which the baptism went down. Thomas Markle, 74, spoke to the Mail about his feelings of estrangement.
“I have been asked if I would have liked to have gone to Britain to see my new grandson being christened,” he told the Mail. “I was an altar boy at age 12, a confirmed member of the Queen’s church at age 14, and Archie is my new grandson, of course I would have enjoyed being there for the blessing, wishing Archie and his parents’ health and happiness.”