The Subtle Way Prince Harry Honored His Mother Princess Diana at Archie’s Christening

After months of waiting for new photos of baby Archie Harrison, we finally have some new snapshots to gush over. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex just released photos from their first son’s baptism, which was held on July 6th at Windsor Castle.

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Archie Harrison | Dominic Lipinski/AFP/Getty Images

Prior to the event, we already knew that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were planning to have an intimate, private affair with about 25 guests present. It’s not that strange for royal family members to keep christenings private but their decision did draw plenty of criticism from the public. Also, people were annoyed to find out they’d never discover the identity of Archie’s godparents.

But their anger quickly melted once the photos were released through the Sussex’s Instagram account. That’s because once again, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made a sweet tribute to the late Princess Diana on this momentous day.

The baptism photos were stunning

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Though they wanted a private event, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex promised that they’d be releasing photographs of the event which were captured by their favorite photographer Chris Allerton. He’s the same person who snapped the first photos of Archie after his birth and took pictures at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

But there’s one small details in the photo that royal fans immediately latched onto. In the posed family portrait, several predictable faces were present — Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, and Camilla Parker Bowles were there, for example. Queen Elizabeth did not attend the event as she had a prior commitment.

The two other women in the photo were Princess Diana’s sisters

Since Prince Harry couldn’t have his mother at the baptism, he picked the next best thing — her sisters. It was a poignant moment when everyone realized that the two mystery women in the royal family photo were in fact Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale. 

No doubt Princess Diana would have been pleased to have her family included in such a momentous day for her grandson.

This isn’t the first time the Duke and Duchess of Sussex honored Diana

There was another nod to Princess Diana recently on Mother’s Day when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle posted a sweet tribute and poem about the amazing work of moms. They included a photo of infant Archie’s feet set against a field of forget-me-nots, which were Princess Diana’s favorite flower.

Ever since having his son, Prince Harry has been vocal about missing his mother more than ever. During a bike ride with a former soldier, the Duke of Sussex spoke of missing his mom more than ever since becoming a father. “One of the things he said on that bike ride, he said ‘I realized a mother is security and I realized that when I lost my mum, I lost that security and a son needs that’,” editor Michelle Tauber explained.

Princess Diana would be so proud of Prince Harry

Prince Harry is taking a cue from his mother with how he plans to raise his son. According to his words and actions, both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are trying to give Archie as close to a normal life as possible. They want him to grow up humble, just like Princess Diana wanted for her own children.

There’s no doubt that Princess Diana would be so proud of her son right now!