There’s been a lot of speculation as to who Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will name as their their son’s godparents. Everyone from Serena Williams to George Clooney have been thrown into the suspect pool. But one of the godparents has apparently been “leaked,” and it’s nobody famous.
On Saturday, the couple celebrated the christening of Archie at Windsor Castle. And while the names of the “guest of honor’s” godparents are usually named during the ceremony, Meghan and Harry have remained tight-lipped.
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This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
“The godparents, in keeping with their wishes, will remain private,” a spokesperson for the couple announced last week.
But according to The Sunday Times royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah, a longtime friend (and former schoolmate) of Harry’s has been named as one of the godparents: Charlie van Straubenzee.
“The Sunday Times can reveal that one of Archie’s godfathers is Charlie van Straubenzee, a friend from Harry’s school days, who gave a speech at the Sussexes’ wedding teasing Harry for being ‘a ginger,'” wrote Nikkhah.
As INSIDER points out, royal commentator Richard Palmer tweeted the day before the christening that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in breach of a legal requirement to make the names of Archie’s godparents available to the public.
It took 24 hours to get to the bottom of this but in today’s Daily Express we report on how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – and indeed the Queen – are in breach of a legal requirement to make the names of Archie’s godparents available to the public. pic.twitter.com/MCT6MATZUU
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) July 5, 2019
“Details of christenings, including the names of godparents, are normally recorded in parish registers available for inspection on request,” wrote Palmer.
“But christenings of royal babies are recorded in a special royal register held privately by the Queen.
Back in May, U.K. betting site Ladbrokes gave Charlie 1/8 odds of being named godparent. And according to People, Charlie wasn’t exactly a surprise, because he and Harry have known each other forever, first meeting at prep school. Harry was a classmate of Charlie’s late brother, Henry, who died in a car crash in 2002. And Prince William is a close friend of Charlie’s other brother, Thomas, who is a godfather to Princess Charlotte.