Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s first child Archie Harrison is set to be baptized on July 6, and many are wondering who they’ll choose as his lucky godparents. But earlier this week, the duke and duchess announced they’d keep this information private, much to the surprise of their fans.
Archie’s christening will also be kept as private as possible, with press not allowed to take any photos. The couple have opted to release their own images from the event, which they’ll likely do on their Instagram account.
Despite Harry and Meghan choosing not to reveal who his godparents are, the information may get out after all. HELLO! UK points out that the Church of England says details of all christenings, including the list of godparents, are a matter of public record, and can be accessed by anyone who pays the fee.
Will the same rules apply in this case, though? Archie will be christened at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, which is a private venue. That means the Queen gets to make the final decision on whether the godparents’ names will be revealed. The chapel is known as a Royal Peculiar, which refers to a Church of England parish or a church exempt from the jurisdiction of the diocese and the province, and is therefore subject to Her Majesty’s direct jurisdiction.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have kept much of Archie’s early life private. Unlike Prince William and Kate, who debuted their children on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary, Harry and Meghan decided to introduce Archie to the world at St. George’s Hall in Windsor Castle a few days after his birth. They also chose to keep his birth certificate private, and it was only seen when it was released to the public.
Much of Archie’s milestone christening day will be kept secret, but royal watchers are likely over the moon to see photos when his parents choose to release them. The baptism will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Sussexes chose to have Archie christened in the same chapel where they were married. That’s also a nod to Harry’s history, since it’s also where he was baptized.