Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will reportedly be christened on Saturday, July 6 — two months to the day after his May 6 birth.
Royal sources have told London’s The Times that parents Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are planning an intimate christening at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel, where they wed in May 2018. The ceremony will be private, in deference to their wishes to raise their son as a “private citizen.”
Hello!, meanwhile, reports that the guest list has been limited to 25 guests, including Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland. The queen is not expected to attend.
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex (aka Meghan Markle), released two images on their official Instagram account on Saturday, following their son's christening.
Two-month-old Archie was christened "in a small private ceremony" at Windsor Castle.
The official portrait shows Meghan, Harry, and Archie surrounded by members of their family, including familiar royal faces Prince Charles; Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge; and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, is also in the beautiful picture, standing next to two of Harry's aunts, the late Princess Diana's sisters: Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will christen Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor today. The ceremony is due to take place at the Private chapel in Windsor Castle – the same venue where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married on May 19 last year. According to Buckingham Palace, 25 people are expected to attend the baptism, which will be an intimate and private affair as per the royal couple’s wishes.
Meghan and Harry have also decided to keep the names of their child’s godparents private, but speculation has been rife.
Contenders include media mogul Oprah Winfrey, fashion stylist Jessica Mulroney and Hollywood star George Clooney.
Following the ceremony, photographs will be released through the media and through Prince Harry and Meghan's official Instagram account.
As anticipation mounts, a newly-resurfaced report reveals things did not go very smoothly at Prince Harry’s own christening.
Meghan Markle made an appearance at the King Power Royal Charity Polo match on Wednesday, bringing along baby Archie to watch new dad Prince Harry play alongside his brother, Prince William.
She was accompanied by Kate Middleton, who attended with 1-year-old Prince Louis in tow.
Her two older children, Prince George, 5, and Princess Charlotte, 3, are also said to have been in attendance, according to reports.
The sisters-in-law watched from the sidelines at the Billingbear Polo Club in Wokingham, England. The royal brothers are playing to compete for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at the sporting match.