The Top Godparent Contenders for the Royal Baby (Plus, the 1 Family Member Who Definitely Won’t Get the Royal Duty)
Now that Kate Middleton has had her baby, one area that remains a bit of a mystery — who will Baby No. 3’s godparents be? This is something that constantly grabs the attention of royal watchers, especially since it has stirred up a few royal family feuds in the past.
Here’s a look at the top godparent contenders for the new royal baby. (And check out page 7 to see who’s definitely not getting the job.)
In the past, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen multiple godparents for their children, some outside of the royal family. The duchess’s sister, Pippa, was not chosen as a godparent for Prince George or Princess Charlotte, but is reportedly in the running for the third child. The duchess’s brother, James Middleton, is also a possibility.
Next: A second-time contender …
Prince William and his wife broke royal tradition with their first two children by naming close friends as godparents instead of immediate family members. This is why their personal assistant Asprey, who has known the duke since he was young, is in the running. She was a consideration as one of Princess Charlotte’s godmothers, although she didn’t make the cut.
Next: Of course this future duchess is a favorite contender …
While close family members haven’t been chosen as godparents in the past, Meghan Markle has become a likely candidate. Prince Harry’s fiance has become close with Kate Middleton, and is a heavy favorite to become one of the new baby’s godparents — even if Prince Harry doesn’t become a godfather. (More on that on page 7.)
Next: One brother is already a royal baby godparent …
The van Custem brothers
Prince William’s long-time family friend William van Custem is one of Prince George’s seven godparents. The likelihood that one of his brothers — Hugh, Edward, or Nicholas — is appointed godfather to Prince William’s third child is reportedly very high. (Plus, the duke already serves as godfather to Hugh van Custem’s daughter, Grace. )
Next: One of the few family members i consideration …
While close friends seem to be the most likely candidates, that doesn’t mean no close family could potentially be a godparent. William’s cousin and Princess Anne’s son, Peter Phillips, has been a serious contender to be godfather in the past and remains a favorite choice for the third Cambridge baby.
Next: But not all family members are top picks …
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie
They may be two of Prince William’s closest cousins and have been godmother considerations twice before. But the likelihood of Princess Beatrice or Princess Eugenie becoming the third Cambridge baby’s godmother is slim. Beatrice has notoriously feuded with Kate Middleton for years, and Prince William excluded her from Prince George’s christening because he didn’t get along with her boyfriend. The princesses were absent from Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2015.
Next: And the person most likely to not be a godparent is …
Yes, the redheaded royal plays a heavy role in Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s lives. But as Marie Claire summarizes, it’s highly unlikely that Prince Harry gets chosen to be a godparent to the new royal baby. Prince Harry will likely be close with his new nephew, but without the coveted title of godfather.
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