Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Breaking Royal Protocol In More Than One Way With Archie’s Christening

Six weeks after welcoming their first child into the world, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are finally set to have baby Archie Harrison christened. Royal watchers cannot wait to catch a glimpse of Archie on his big day, though the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are breaking more than one protocol with his ceremony. Here are all of the ways that Archie’s christening will be different from the rest of the family.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Archie Harrison
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Archie Harrison | Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Archie’s christening will be private

Inside source claim that Archie’s upcoming christening, which is scheduled to take place on July 6, will be a strictly private affair. Only close members of the royal family are expected to attend the religious ceremony, including Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince William, and Kate Middleton. Although it is a royal tradition to share photos from the event with fans around the world, Harry and Markle might keep the images to themselves in a bid to remain private.

The couple has previously emphasized a desire to keep Archie’s life out of the public eye as much as possible. With that goal in mind, there is a chance that Harry and Markle do not share any photos from Archie’s christening.

If they do post any images, they will probably be highly edited. Over this past Mother’s Day, for example, the two shared a photo of Archie’s feet on Instagram. Unless they release a slew of photos from the event, royal watchers are likely going to be disappointed. If they do not release any images at all, then there is going to be a good amount of outrage in the press.

Queen Elizabeth will skip Archie Harrison’s christening

As if the photo situation is not bad enough, Queen Elizabeth is reportedly going to miss out on the christening. According to Insider, Her Majesty has a previously scheduled engagement and will not be able to make it to the chapel. It is unclear why the Queen cannot shift her schedule, but sources insist that it has nothing to do with her health. Fortunately, Harry and Markle will be surrounded by members of the royal family and will not be alone for the ceremony.

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This, of course, is not the first time Elizabeth has missed an important christening. Although she attended the ceremonies for Prince George and Prince Charlotte, she did not make it to Prince Louis’s christening last year.

Given how Elizabeth has one of the busiest schedules in the royal family, it is completely understandable that she cannot make it to every event. Even still, this is Harry and Markle’s first event like this and missing it is still a pretty big deal.

Archie Harrison’s christening could feature American elements

There has been some speculation that Archie Harrison’s christening will go down on July 4. If that happens, then Archie’s ceremony will coincide with celebrations of America’s independence. Markle is also rumored to have invited several of her celebrity friends, including Serena Williams, Misha Nunu, and Jessica Mulroney. She has not confirmed any of the reports, though there is a good chance that her close friends will make the ceremony.

Markle and Harry have slowly incorporated elements of her American upbringing into their parenting. This includes celebrating Mother’s Day, a holiday that is generally not observed in the UK. It is unclear what other American traditions Markle is bringing to the relationship, but it is fairly clear that Harry does not mind mixing things up.

Everything we know about the royal christening

The royal family has been pretty mum about Archie’s christening, though we do know several things about the upcoming ceremony. For starters, the religious event will take place inside St. George’s Chapel, which is located on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

This is the same venue where Harry and Markle exchanged vows last year. It is also the same chapel that Harry was christened in back in the 1980s. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex currently live in Frogmore Cottage, which is close to St. George’s Chapel as well.

For comparison, William and Kate Middleton christened their oldest child, Prince George, inside St. James’s Palace. Their other two children, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis were christened at the Queen’s estate in Sandringham.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have yet to respond to criticism over their decision to keep Archie Harrison’s christening private.