Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Want Private Christening for Archie: Report

It looks like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to forgo another royal tradition made popular over the past few decades.

The two plan to soon host a christening for their baby boy Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where they wed in 2018, and where Harry was christened in 1984. Archie’s baptism will be a totally private affair, royal sources told the Sunday Times. This means no fan gatherings, and more importantly, no candid photos of the child outside. The palace has not commented.

But fans will probably get to see some pics of Archie; The Sunday Times said that it is thought Meghan and Harry will post on Instagram select images of their son in the days following his baptism. Traditionally, the royal family releases its own portraits from christenings after the ceremonies.

Forgoing public appearances and photo ops outside christenings isn’t unusual for members of the royal family. However, in recent years, Harry’s brother Prince William, who is third in line to the throne, and wife Kate Middleton delighted fans by allowing press photographers to take candid pics of them and their family arriving and leaving the christenings of their kids Prince George, who is almost 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1.

The couple also famously debuted their kids publicly by appearing with the then-newborns outside the hospital hours after their births. William and Harry’s mother the late Princess Diana and their father Prince Charles did the same with the princes.

The brothers’ cousins Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were also photographed with parents Sarah, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York outside before and after their own christenings.

Meghan and Harry have yet to appear with Archie in a public place or show his full face to the world; they offered the first glimpse of him via a small press photo call at Windsor Castle, near their home, days after his birth. They have since released a few obstructed photos of Archie.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Royal Baby

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The Sunday Times quoted sources close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as saying the couple considers Archie to be a “private citizen” and feel strongly about “shielding him,” and that they intend to keep many details of his life private because he is not in the direct line of succession.

“Privacy is more precious to Harry than to almost any of the other member of the royal family,” the newspaper quoted a friend as saying. “As Archie is not an HRH [His Royal Highness], he feels he has every right to strictly police his son’s privacy.”

See photos of royal christenings over the years:

Kate Middleton, Prince Louis, Christening

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Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Princess Charlotte, Prince William, Christening

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Prince George, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Christening

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Royal Christening, Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William

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Royal Christening, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother, Prince Charles, Princess Diana

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Royal Christening, Duchess Catherine, Kate Middleton, Carole Middleton, Micheal Middleton