Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to christen Lilibet in US instead of UK
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will reportedly christen their newborn daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in America rather than the UK.
Lilibet, who was born June 4 at a hospital in Santa Barbara, California, has yet to visit British soil with her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
And it has now been claimed that it is looking "highly unlikely" for Harry and Meghan to return to the UK for the sole purpose of baptising their four month old at Windsor Castle like their son Archie.
"There will not be a christening in the UK. It is not happening," a source told The Telegraph.
The publication added that Lilibet would most likely be christened into America's Episcopal Church, a member church of the Anglican Communion.
If she were to be baptised in California, Lilibet would only be considered a member of the Church of England if she joins a Church Of England congregation in the UK.
That said, to remain in the line of succession, a Royal family member does not need to be baptised.
Harry and Meghan's two year old son Archie was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St George's Chapel, Windsor in July, 2019.
The Duke and Duchess also made sure their firstborn's special day was a private event.
According to their unauthorized biography Finding Freedom, it was attended by just 22 guests.
A royal expert recently spoke about the reasons behind Meghan and Harry's secrecy and why they could very well keep their children's lives completely private until they are adults.
Speaking to The Daily Beast, author and expert on all things royal Christopher Anderson, said that proud dad Prince Harry "wants to shield them from the trauma" of the paparazzi.
Explaining that both the royal children would inevitably face "hounding by an intrusive paparazzi" as they grow up, Christopher stated he wouldn't be surprised if this was the last we'd seen of the young Sussexes.
Both Meghan and husband Harry – who wed in May 2018 – have worked hard to maintain as much privacy as possible when it comes to family life, and even cited it as one of their main reasons for stepping down from their senior royal duties.
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