THE CHRISTENING of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter Lilibet may not take place in the UK and so could free up the couple from royal restrictions and traditions that often surround the celebration.
Harry, 37, Meghan, 40, and their son Archie, 2, were rumoured to be planning a trip to the UK with four-month-old Lili to christen her. However, reports later emerged claiming the family may opt for a ceremony in California where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex reside.
A palace source told The Telegraph: “There will not be a christening in the UK. It is not happening.”
Another royal insider said it was “highly unlikely”.
But a representative for the Sussexes said plans were still being finalised and dismissed earlier reports as “mere speculation”.
But if they decide to christen Lili in the US, Meghan and Harry reportedly could opt to christen Lilibet at the Episcopal Church of the US, which is a member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
The church, run by Bishop Michael Curry, who became an internet sensation after he delivered a 14-minute sermon at Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018, doesn’t belong to the Church of England congregation.
It could mean a break with royal tradition but Lilibet could become a member of the Church of England, of which the Queen is the head of, later.
One of the most noteworthy points of royal christenings is the water used is from River Jordan.
All three Cambridge children, Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3, were baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby with said water.
Lilibet’s older brother Archie, the first child of Meghan and Harry, was baptised with the holy water, too – but it is likely that the pair will struggle to arrange the Jordanian water to be sent to California.
If the christening takes place in the US, Meghan and Harry will also be able to choose the gown Lilibet wears.
The three Cambridge children, as well as Archie, wore an exact replica of a gown from the fabric of Queen Victoria’s wedding dress.
The original was worn by a total of 62 members of the Royal Family, including Prince William and Prince Harry, during their christenings.
Another restriction the Sussexes will be able to dodge is the use of the Lily Font, a large silver-gilt baptismal font which. “Brinkwire Summary News”.