Lilibet christening: Meghan Markle and Harry’s daughter may miss out on royal tradition | Royal | News
Meghan and Prince Harry’s daughter Lili was born on June 4 at a Santa Barbara hospital. She has yet to travel to the UK and meet her great-grandmother, the Queen, in person.
And she is also believed not to have been christened over the past four months.
In July, a source had claimed the Duke and Duchess desired to travel back to the UK to have their daughter christened at Windsor, just like her brother Archie Harrison.
However, sources have recently dismissed this possibility, with one telling the Telegraph a christening in the UK “is not happening”.
A spokeswoman for the Sussexes told the publication plans for the christening were still being finalised and that claims to the contrary were “mere speculation”.
While there is still no certainty over where and when the baby will be baptised, Lili may risk not being able to enjoy the same royal tradition her brother and father enjoyed if the christening took place stateside.
For decades, royal babies close to the sovereign were wrapped up in a white silk gown featuring an intricate lace overlay.
This invaluable piece of clothing was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and was inspired by her wedding dress.
It was first worn by her daughter, Victoria, The Princess Royal, to mark the Queen and Prince Albert’s first wedding anniversary.
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The gown has remained in use for 163 years, during which it was worn by 62 babies – including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Prince Harry – on their christenings.
In 2008, it was decided to no longer use the historic but fragile gown.
But, to keep the tradition alive, the Queen’s confidante and dressmaker Angela Kelly created a replica, which has since been worn by Archie and his cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Archie was photographed wearing the gown on his christening day in July 2019, two months after his birth.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to keep the baptism an entirely private affair and never shared the name of his godparents.
They also barred the media from taking pictures of the guests arriving at the chapel.
But they released two snaps hours after the ceremony had taken place.
One showed the baby wrapped up in the handmade royal gown, asleep in her mother’s arms while Prince Harry looked lovingly at him.
A second photograph depicted the Sussexes surrounded by some of the guests attending the christening – including the Cambridges, Prince Charles, Princess Diana’s sisters and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.
It was reported at the time the Queen could not attend the ceremony due to prior commitments.
Royal author Ingrid Seward believes it unlikely the gown would be shipped stateside for Lili if her parents celebrated her christening there.
And she also told the Sun she doesn’t think the royals “would have time” to fly over for the christening.
She added: “Their schedules are organised six months in advance”.
If Lili was baptised in the US, she may be christened into the Episcopal Church of the US, which is a member of the church of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
This means she would not automatically be considered a member of the Church of England, but she could become one by travelling to England and joining a Church of England congregation.
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