Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Under Fire For Keeping Archie’s Christening Private

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are facing backlash for keeping Archie’s christening out of the public eye. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are having Archie christened on July 6, and the ceremony will take place within the confines of a private chapel inside Windsor Castle. Sources claim that Markle and Harry want to keep the christening private so they can share the moment with other members of the family. Royal watchers, however, are upset that they will not get to watch the ceremony until after the fact.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Archie Harrison
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Archie Harrison | Photo by Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Archie gets a private christening

Inside sources claim that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose Windsor Castle because they wanted a peaceful location for the christening. Approximately 25 members of the family will attend the ceremony, excluding Queen Elizabeth. The couple plans to release photos from the event on social media the following day and is keeping the ceremony a private affair.  

“This is a beautiful milestone and they are excited to share it as a family first and then with the world,” a source dished.

According to People, private christenings are nothing new to the royal family. In fact, most of these types of ceremonies are closed to the public and are only attended by close members of the family. Sometimes friends are invited to the event along with the child’s godparents, but everyone else is excluded.

Harry and Markle have not announced who will be attending Archie’s christening, though the photos should shed light on who was there.

Windsor Castle holds special place for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Apart from being a private venue, there are other reasons why Harry and Markle settled on Windsor Castle for Archie’s christening. For starters, the couple tied the knot inside St. George’s Chapel in May of 2018, which is on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Princess Diana and Prince Charles also held Harry’s christening inside the chapel in 1984.

While Archie will be christened in the chapel, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children were christened in different locations. Prince George’s ceremony happened inside a chapel at St. James’s Palace, while Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were christened at Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham estate.

The venue itself also holds a special place in the history of the royal family. St. George’s Chapel was built during Queen Victoria’s reign and was completed in 1847. A fire in 1992 completely destroyed the building and it was rebuilt to modern standards two years later.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle face backlash for christening decision

Fans have harshly criticized Harry and Markle for keeping Archie’s christening private. Royal watchers were disappointed that the ceremony was not televised, especially considering how they pay a portion of Harry and Markle’s expenses through taxes. The backlash comes after the couple was slammed for making British taxpayers pay over $2 million to renovate their house, Frogmore Cottage.

Harry, of course, is no stranger to criticisms. The Duke of Sussex has come under a lot of fire recently for making poor decisions over the past year. This includes giving speeches about climate change and then riding in helicopters across the country.

Piers Morgan, a host on Good Morning Britain, has openly criticized Harry for several PR disasters, though it is not clear if Harry is following advice of others or doing things on his own terms.

Queen Elizabeth to miss Archie’s christening

While Archie’s christening is a pretty big deal for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, sources claim that Queen Elizabeth II will not attend the ceremony. Her Majesty reportedly has previous engagements that will prevent her from joining the rest of the family at St. George’s Chapel this weekend. Elizabeth attended the christenings for Prince George and Princess Charlotte but missed the one for Prince Louis.

Sources also noted that Elizabeth’s decision to skip the event is not related to health concerns. It is unclear what Elizabeth will be doing on the day of the christening, but other important royals are expected to attend the event. This includes Prince Charles, Camilla Parker-Bowles, William, and Middleton. Meghan Markle is also reportedly flying in her mother, Doria Ragland, in time for the ceremony.

The royal family has not confirmed the reports surrounding Archie’s christening. Markle gave birth to her son six weeks ago and is still on maternity leave.