Royal baby set to have FIVE godparents – and this is who is likely to fill an important role
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William’s royal baby is due imminently – and the newest prince or princess is likely to have five godparents who will be announced just before the christening.
As Kate nears her due date, speculation is rife about the baby’s godparents, ranging from close friends of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to some of their closest family members.
It is believed the royal couple will chose close friends after they broke from Windsor tradition and instead of choosing immediate family opted for friends and more distant relatives when Princess Charlotte was christened.
And is likely the royal baby will have five godparents, as does Charlotte, whereas George, a future king, has seven.
George’s seven godparents included Julia Samuel, a close friend of Diana, Princess of Wales, the couple’s former private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton and William’s cousin Zara Tindall.
Meanwhile, members of the Royal Family did not make it onto the list of Princess Charlotte’s godparents, with Kate and William instead opting for a member of Princess Diana’s family.
While Charlotte’s five included Kate’s school friend Sophie Carter and Laura Fellowes, the Duke’s first cousin and the daughter of Princess Diana’s sister Lady Jane Fellowes.
The Duke and Duchess have not yet followed royal tradition by making one of the baby’s uncles a godfather, as happened with Prince Harry, 33, who counts his uncle Prince Andrew among his godparents.
Harry certainly has a lot of practice because he is already a godfather of two, including to his former nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke’s oldest son, Frederick Pettifer.
But with wedding bells soon to ring, Kate and William may decide to fully welcome Harry’s bride-to-be Meghan Markle into the fold, with the grand gesture to make her their third child’s godmother.
The move would delight Harry and secure Meghan’s long-term position as a member of the Royal Family.
Meghan would be on hand at William and Kate’s home Kensington Palace for godmotherly duties, living at a cottage with Harry at the royal residence.
William and Kate may ask another of the van Cutsem brothers who are old family friends of the Duke.
They selected William van Cutsem for George and may pick one of his siblings – Hugh, Edward or Nicholas – or perhaps Hugh’s wife Rose van Cutsem this time.
The Duke of Cambridge is godfather to Hugh and Rose’s daughter Grace, who was a bridesmaid at the royal wedding and almost stole the show on the balcony after covering her ears during the flypast.
Kate’s Marlborough College friends could make the fold, including Catriona “Trini” Foyle, Alice Avenel (nee St. John Webster), Alicia Stoddart (nee Fox-Pitt) and Hannah Carter (nee Gillingham).
Others in the couple’s social circle include jockey Sam Waley-Cohen and his wife Bella; William’s school friend Tom Sutton and his wife Harriet; heir to Viscount Allendale, Wentworth “Wenty” Beaumont and his wife Vanessa; Lady Iona Hewitt; and Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs, an old friend of Kate’s who runs the fashion label Beulah London.
William and Kate’s former uni flatmates Fergus Boyd and Olivia Bleasdale, who also attended their 2011 wedding, could be in the running.
From the royal side, William’s cousin Peter Phillips could be a safe bet.
Other suggestions include the Duke’s former nanny Tiggy Pettifer, William and Kate’s former personal assistant Helen Asprey, Sir David Manning – the former ambassador to Washington who now acts as the couple’s foreign affairs adviser – or perhaps even one of Diana’s sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, or another of of William’s cousins via the Spencer family line.
William’s former top aide and ex-press secretary Miguel Head is also a possibility.
He has been a trusted member of the Kensington Palace team and is leaving his post as private secretary in July, but a warm tribute was issued when his departure was announced.
William was described as feeling “incredibly lucky to have benefited from Miguel’s advice and support over the last decade”.
Mr Head was described as a “valued adviser during an important period in His Royal Highness’s life”.
William was just 16 when he became godfather to Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece and Denmark in 1998.
The Duke’s cousin Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, may only be 14-years-old, but selecting Louise as a godparent would delight the Queen.
The youngster was one of William and Kate’s bridesmaids.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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