Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Picked the Queen’s Private Chapel For Baby Archie’s Christening
Exciting news here: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s christening is just days away. (!!!)
On July 6, the adorable 2-month-old son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be baptized in a private ceremony at Queen Elizabeth II’s private chapel in Windsor Castle. It’ll be a sweet celebration, but the reason Prince Harry and Markle chose that location is even sweeter.
Here’s why they picked the queen’s private chapel for baby Archie’s christening.
Queen Elizabeth II’s private chapel is significant
A royal source told People on July 1 that Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex wanted the event to be in a special place. “[They] wanted an intimate, peaceful setting in a place with such a special connection to Her Majesty,” the insider said.
But that’s not the only thing that makes the chapel unique. For one, Prince Harry and Markle wed at the larger St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018. Prince Harry’s christening was also there back in the ‘80s.
Inside baby Archie’s christening
The guest list reportedly includes 25 family members and friends. They include Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, Archie’s purported godmother Serena Williams, and Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland. But the queen reportedly won’t be there due to a previous commitment.
During the ceremony, baby Archie’s forehead will “doused from the lily font with water from the River Jordan,” according to a royal correspondent for The Sunday Times, Roya Nikkhah. His parents will later share photos of the private event with the public.
“This is a beautiful milestone, and they are excited to share it as a family first, and then with the world,” a source told People.
The ceremony has faced backlash
Prince Harry and Markle have faced backlash over their plans to keep things private. Granted, that isn’t unusual, but sometimes fans get to see the royals arrive at the event as they did for the christenings of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children.
Many people are not happy about missing out. One of many tweets posted to Twitter about the private event said, “[Prince Harry and Markle] are happy to take money from the public purse but don’t want [the public] to have any part of their private lives and duties? They can’t have it both ways. They are either Royals with everything that entails or private citizens with no public funding at all. Hypocrites.”
Some people have defended Prince Harry and Markle, though.
“It is not that different as all royal christenings are private,” royal expert Marlene Koenig told E! News. “It really should not matter to the public, although the tabloid press will wander into the conversation and criticize the couple for their decision to have the christening at the private chapel in Windsor Castle.”
But the decision to keep things extra quiet shouldn’t be surprising. After all, the couple has barely made appearances with Archie since his birth on May 6.
Prince Harry and Markle reportedly want to raise him as a “private citizen.” They reportedly moved to Frogmore Cottage to live a more private life, and they decided not to give baby Archie a royal title.
On the bright side, fans will at least be able to see a few photos of the big day. We don’t know about you, but we say that’s better than nothing.