The Real Reason Prince William Won’t Be a Godfather to The Baby of Sussex

With Meghan Markle’s due date drawing near, all eyes are on London. The entire world is waiting for the arrival of the baby of Sussex. While bookmakers are taking bets on what the couple will name their firstborn, a lot of people are invested in who will or won’t be the new addition’s godparent. While the pair hasn’t officially named the baby’s godparents two names are absolutely not on the short list; Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Why isn’t William in the running for godfather?

William and Harry have appeared to enjoy a close relationship since childhood, but that doesn’t mean Prince William is a shoo-in. The royal family generally does not pick close family members as godparents for their children, according to Heart.

Prince Harry, Prince William, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (Photo by Paul Grover- WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The reasoning is straightforward; royals assume that close royal relatives will already have a role in their children’s lives. Instead of handing over the title of godparent to a sibling or close cousin, they tend to look outside the family. Close family friends are commonly named as godparents for royal babies. William and Kate picked a bevy of close friends to serve as godparents to their three children.

Prince Harry isn’t a godfather, either

Prince William and Kate Middleton mostly stuck with royal tradition when choosing godparents for their three children; Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The couple did not designate Prince Harry the godfather of any of their children, but they didn’t avoid the royal family altogether.

According to The Telegraph, Zara Tindall is one of Prince George’s seven godparents. Tindall is the daughter of Princess Anne and Prince William’s first cousin. While Zara lacks a royal title she is firmly entrenched in the royal culture.

Princess Charlotte and Prince George
Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge picked from family members again when Princess Charlotte was born. Middleton’s cousin, Adam Middleton was selected as one of the five godparents for the couple’s first daughter, according to PopSugar. The Duchess’ siblings, who she shares a close relationship with, were not named as godparents.

Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle break tradition?

While it’s tradition to avoid close family members as godparents, that doesn’t mean the Duke and Duchess must follow the rule. They are perfectly able to pick whoever they’d like to be involved with their child’s life, but it seems likely that the pair will choose from a bevy of close friends to serve as their new addition’s spiritual guides.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

According to Town and Country, the royal couple has a large inner circle to pick from. Not only does Meghan have a host of celebrity friends who could do the job, but Harry has built strong relationships with a wide range of Meghan’s Hollywood pals, too. Jessica and Ben Mulroney are among the most popular picks according to bet takers. Serena Williams, Princess Eugenie and Jake Warren are also top picks as potential godparents.

George Clooney ways in on his odds of being godfather to the baby of Sussex

One name that has been thrown around in jest as a potential godfather is none other than George Clooney. The silver fox has been outspoken about his support of Meghan Markle and how well she has handled herself during her rise to fame as a Duchess.

Clooney, however, insists he will not be the godfather. Speaking to Who, the 56-year-old actor insists he has his hands full with his own family. Clooney became a first-time father in 2017 when he welcomed twins, Ella and Alexander Clooney with his wife, Amal. Clooney wed the human rights lawyer in 2014.