LONDON – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex held on Saturday the baptism ceremony of their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in a private ceremony in keeping with their desire to protect their son from the media frenzy.
The christening took place in Windsor Castle, on the outskirts of London and was attended by family and close friends.
However, it has been made known that the godparents are friends of the couple but not public figures.
“The godparents, in keeping with their wishes, will remain private,” read a statement released by Buckingham Palace on Thursday regarding the baptism that will be officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
So little information has been let out by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that not even the names of the godparents of the child – seventh in the line of succession to the British crown – have been revealed.
Meghan was seen on Thursday at the Wimbledon tennis championship with two college friends, Genvieve Hills and Lindsay Roth, sparking rumors one of them could be the godmother.
Several betting shops have also suggested stylist Jessica Mulroney could also have been made the child’s godparent.
The media has also speculated that the godfather could be one of Harry’s childhood friends, brothers Thomas and Charlie Straubenzee.
The private nature of the event has irked some media outlets.
Buckingham Palace has said that Archie wore a replica created in 2008 of a christening robe designed for Queen Victoria’s daughter in 1841 and that since then has been used for all royal baptisms, including the Queen’s in 1926.
The ceremony was entirely bereft of media presence unlike to those held by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, for their three children.
The secrecy surrounding the baptism is unusual given the child’s status as a member of the British royal family and was not attended by Archie’s great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who was scheduled to attend other commitments.
However, the Queen’s absence is not unprecedented, as last year she did not attend the baptism of her great-grandson, Prince Louis.
Those that did attend included Prince Charles and his wife Camila; Prince William and Kate; Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland; and a small group of close friends of Archie’s parents, reaching a total of some 25 people.
After the ceremony, Harry and Meghan shared some pictures of the baptism, taken by fashion photographer Chris Allerton, who documented the couple’s wedding.
In recent weeks, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been criticized for keeping the ceremony closed to the media, after it was reported that they spent 2.4 million pounds ($3.01 million) from public coffers to renovate Frogmore Cottage, their new residence in Windsor.
Royal biographer Penny Juror criticized the couple’s decision to keep the baptism away from the public glare especially after having spent millions of public funds to renovate their new home.