Lilibet was expected to be christened at Windsor Castle under the Church of England, as is tradition. But a royal insider told Camilla Tominey: “There will not be a christening in the UK. It is not happening.
Reports have emerged detailing that the four-month-old will be baptised under the Anglican Communion, which will likely take place at the Episcopal Church of the US.
The Bishop who gave the surname at the Sussex’s weeding, Michael Curry, is head of the Episcopal Church and may be in line in to officiate the proceedings.
This decision would be breaking royal tradition, as bloodline members of the Royal family are expected to receive a Church of England christening in royal grounds.
Prince Harry was christened at Windsor Castle and chose to have his son Archie christened there at two months old in July 2019.
Even Kate and Meghan had to be baptised into the Church of England before they could marry the Princes.
Meghan and Harry with baby Archie
Lilibet could later be recognised as a member of the Church of England if she officially attended a congregation, despite being baptised into another church.
Despite the Telegraph’s reports of a US ceremony being on the cards, a spokeswoman for the Sussexes said the plans for Lilibet’s christening were still being finalised and that claims to the contrary were “mere speculation”.
The royal couple have decided to keep Lilibet out of the spotlight and have not yet released a photo of her, so the decision against a UK christening may be based on privacy reasons.
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The last two years have seen a torpedo of drama unfurl between the Sussexes and the rest of the Royal Family, which has resulted in Meghan refusing to return to the UK.
The last time Meghan stepped foot on British soil was at the start of 2020, although Prince Harry has flown home for Prince Philip’s funeral and to unveil a statue of his mother, Princess Diana, alongside brother William.
The Daily Mail reported that on his visit to unveil Princess Diana’s memorial statue at the beginning of July, Prince Harry made it clear that he and the Duchess of Sussex intended to christen Lilibet at Windsor with the Queen present.
It was hoped that the Duchess of Sussex had a change of heart about visiting London when, at the start of September, there were reports that Harry and Meghan had asked to arrange a meeting with the Queen, so that she could finally meet her great-granddaughter Lilibet.
Kate follows the Archbishop of Canterbury on the day of Princess Charlotte’s christening
It is uncertain now, whether this arrangement will go ahead, and royal fans are desperate to hear from the Sussexes about Lilibet’s christening arrangements.
Many, however, think it’s best for the Sussexes to remain in the US, after rocking the royal household with tell-all interviews and an exposé docu-series planned with Netflix.
One Twitter user said: “Lilibet should be christened in the US. Didn’t they [Harry and Meghan] say they couldn’t wait to leave the UK. Well, if the UK is that bad, stay over in America living your lives out of the British media.”
Another suggested: “They don’t live here, why would they have the christening here? The royal family can travel to them!”
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Source: EXPRESS CO UK