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.)

Pippa Middleton

Catherine Middleton (R) her mother Carole and sister Pippa arrives at The Goring Hotel after visiting Westminster Abbey on April 28, 2011 in London, England.

Pippa could be an aunt and godmother. | Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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 …

Helen Asprey

Could the honor be given to William and Kate’s assistant? | Kensington Palace via Instagram

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 …

Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle visit the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor in May 2018.

Is the newest royal in the running for godmother?| Adrian Dennis – WPA Pool/Getty Images

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

Princes William and Harry attend the wedding of Ed Van Cutsem and Lady Tamara Grosvenor at Chester Cathedral on November 6, 2004 in Chester, England. |MJ Kim/Getty Images

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 …

Peter Phillips

William’s cousin is a serious contender for godfather. | Peter Phillips | Sang Tan/AFP/Getty Images

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

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie arrive to call on Minister David McAllister of Lower Saxony on January 18, 2013 in Hanover, Germany.

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie could also be in the running. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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 …

Prince Harry

Prince Harry is great with kids. | Frank Augstein – WPA Pool/Getty Images

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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