Why Meghan Markle Won’t Be Prince Louis’s Godmother
Since Prince Louis made his public debut on the steps of the Lindo Wing on 23rd April, we haven’t seen much of the littlest member of the Cambridge family (understandable, really, given that he’s just two months old). Now, it’s been confirmed that the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be christened on 9th July, with the ceremony taking place at St James’s Palace in London. But though we already know what the young Prince will be wearing for the occasion (the traditional Honiton christening gown, just like his older siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte), details about his godparents are yet to be announced by the palace.
It’s tradition for the royal children to have a clutch of godparents, a mixture of relatives and close family friends: Princess Charlotte has five (William’s cousin Laura Fellowes, Kate’s cousin Adam Middleton, and friends Sophie Carter, James Meade and Thomas van Straubenzee), while Prince George has a grand total of seven (Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Julia Samuel, William van Cutsem and Zara Tindall). But will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle be in with a chance?
The answer is most likely to be a ‘no.’ After all, Harry was not chosen to be a godfather for his nephew or his niece (he was already a proud uncle, so why bother formalising that with a title?) and bookmakers already believe that the odds on either the Duke or the Duchess of Sussex becoming a godparent are low.
‘With George and Charlotte, [William and Kate] chose close and trusted friends and aides, rather than immediate family members, and the odds suggest that will be the same with little Prince Louis,’ says Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes. The bookmakers believe that William and Harry’s former nanny Tiggy Pettifer will be a top choice, with odds of 2/1, with the Duke’s outgoing private secretary Miguel Head another likely option with odds listed at 5/4.
At 3/1 is Laura Lopes, William’s step-sister and daughter of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; also rumoured are Rebecca Priestley (4/1), Kate’s former private secretary, David Jardine-Patterson (5/1) and Huge van Cutsem (5/1). Meghan’s odds, meanwhile, are currently languishing at 14/1. Whatever the outcome, it’s almost certain that the Duchess of Sussex will attend the special ceremony, just as Harry did for George and for Charlotte.
Look back at royal christenings through history in the gallery below…
Source: graziadaily co uk