Sorry, Royal Fans: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Keeping Baby Archie’s Godparents Secret

With Archie Harrison’s baptism happening this weekend, royal fans are eagerly awaiting the details. We already know that the event will be private — which is not unprecedented in the royal family. It’s also not surprising for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have made no secret of their desire to raise their son as a private citizen.

There’s good news and bad news for those royal followers who just want to see more pictures and hear more details about little Archie’s life. The good news is that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just revealed they were going to release professional photos from the event. The bad news? We will never know the identity of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s godparents.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

The christening will be an intimate affair

Not all royal baptisms are public affairs but that didn’t stop royal fans from hoping they’d be invited to witness that special day for baby Archie. The christening is taking place at St. George’s Chapel, which is extra special for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex since that’s also the place they got married.

The event will be an intimate affair with just Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, and the godparents plus a few other important people present. Queen Elizabeth won’t be there, but that’s because she has a previous engagement that day. She doesn’t attend all the christening ceremonies for her great-grandchildren (there are a lot of them).

We’ll never know the godparents’ identities

Royal insiders have been speculating for months over who Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will choose as godparents. Would it be the Obamas? Serena Williams? Princess Eugenie? Jessica Mulroney? The options are endless.

We already knew that Prince William was unlikely to serve as godfather since he’ll already be close to his nephew during his formative years. Typically, royal family members don’t choose their siblings as godparents.

Now the royal family clarified that we’re not going to find out the identity of Archie’s godparents at all. A statement released by Buckingham Palace said: “Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be christened in a small private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday 6th July. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look forward to sharing some images taken on the day by photographer Chris Allerton.”

The ending confirmed our worst suspicions. It said, “The godparents, in keeping with their wishes, will remain private.”   

The new photos will be worth the wait

Many royal fans remember that photographer Chris Allerton is the same person who captured the stunning images of the couple as they introduced Archies to the world in early May, two days after his birth. Since then, we’ve only caught glimpses of the baby through the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Instagram account.

Even if we won’t know who Archie’s godparents are, there’s no doubt that the day will be special and intimate, just like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want it. We can’t wait to see snapshots of the joyous occasion!