MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry paid a touching tribute to Archie’s late grandmother Princess Diana in his christening portrait this weekend. While both Diana’s sisters were in the family snap, her brother was not. Why was Charles Spencer not in Archie’s christening portrait?
Baby Archie Harrison took part in a rare family portrait following his christening on Saturday. Royal fans were delighted to see the two-month-old tot surrounded by aunts, uncles and grandparents. But while Princess Diana’s sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes, 62, and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, 64, stood at the back of the photo, her brother Charles was conspicuously absent – could this be why?
Charles Spencer, 55, has upset the royal family in the past – so could this explain his absence?
The Queen was reportedly “disappointed” and “saddened” by the speech Charles made at his sister’s funeral in which he described Diana as “the most hunted person of the modern age”.
In the speech, Charles made several digs at the British Royal Family which did not sit well with senior royals at the time.
Archie Christening photos Why was Princess Diana’s brother NOT in family photo? (Image GETTY)
He said Diana “needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic”.
And he added: “It is a tribute to her level-headedness and strength that despite the most bizarre-like life imaginable after her childhood, she remained intact, true to herself.”
The secrecy surrounding Archie’s christening means we do not know for certain whether Charles was invited.
However, seeing as he was included in Archie Harrison’s birth announcement it is most likely he would have attended the royal tot’s baptism.
Archie Christening photos: Earl Spencer has upset the royal family in the past (Image: GETTY)
Archie Christening photos: Charles gave a controversial speech at Diana’s funeral (Image: GETTY)
Following Archie’s birth the palace made this announcement: “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and are delighted with the news.”
According to The Telegraph, Princess Diana’s older sister Lady Jane Fellowes was among the first people to visit Harry and Meghan following the birth of Archie on May 6.
She met Archie even before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The decision not to have Harry’s maternal uncle in the photo may have been down to the previous upset he has reportedly caused the royal family.
Neither the Queen nor Prince Philip made Archie’s christening either.
Archie Christening photos: The Queen was reportedly upset by Charles’s funeral speech (Image: GETTY)
The Queen was on tour in Scotland last week and was reported to be spending to the weekend with her husband at their Norfolk home before returning to Windsor.
While christening portraits traditional feature the godparents, in a shock twist, Buckingham Palace announced the identities of Archie’s godparents will be kept secret.
A statement issued by the palace head of Archie’s christening read: “Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be christened in a small private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, July 6.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look forward to sharing some images taken on the day by photographer Chris Allerton.
“The godparents, keeping with their wishes, will remain private.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK