Meghan Markle and Prince Harry release baby Archie's royal christening photos — with a subtle tribute to Diana

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with baby Archie on his christening day at Windsor Castle. [Photo: Chris Allerton]
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with baby Archie on his christening day at Windsor Castle. [Photo: Chris Allerton]

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released two gorgeous family photos from their son Archie’s christening, which took place in a private chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday morning.

The first image is black-and-white toned and shows the Duke and Duchess with their son at Windsor Castle with the Rose Garden in the background.

Meghan, wearing a white midi dress by Dior, gazes at Harry as she holds her two-month-old son in her arms.

The second family portrait sees the family of three joined by the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and and Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to share the happiness of this day, and would like to thank everyone around the world for their ongoing support. They feel so fortunate to have enjoyed this special moment with family and Archie’s godparents.”

Photographer Chris Allerton said: "I am honored to take the official photographs at the christening of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and to once again, be part of such a special and joyous occasion for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex."

The royal tot is dressed in the traditional Honiton christening gown.

The frilled satin dress is a replica of the baptism garment first worn by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, also named Victoria, back in 1841.

It’s thought that the original became too fragile and the Queen asked her personal dresser Angela Kelly to make a replica.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have all worn the outfit.

Archie is the tenth royal tot to wear the christening gown.

The service took place in the Queen’s private chapel at Windsor Castle, close to the Sussexes’ family home Frogmore Cottage. Archie was baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland were among the 30 guests present for the baptism.

Harry and William’s former nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke was also pictured arriving at Windsor Castle.

The Queen did not attend as it’s believed she had prior commitments.

The names of Archie’s godparents have not been made public. A statement from Buckingham Palace read: “The godparents, in keeping with their wishes, will remain private.”

Among the names widely tipped to be chosen as godparents were tennis star Serena Williams, Meghan’s close friend Jessica Mulroney, George and Amal Clooney and Prince Harry’s cousins Zara Tindall and Princess Eugenie.

But it’s believed that none of the couple’s high profile friends have been chosen.

Meghan made a surprise appearance at Wimbledon with her Northwestern university friends Lyndsay Roth and Genevieve Hillis, who are rumored to have been picked to be Archie’s godmothers.

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Meghan and Harry with a two-day-old baby Archie. [Photo: PA]
Meghan and Harry with a two-day-old baby Archie. [Photo: PA]

It’s possible that information about Archie’s godparents may be released in due course, as the Church of England dictates under the Parochial Registers and Records Measure 1978 that “a register book of public and private baptisms shall be provided for every parish,” and these records can be accessed by anyone who is willing to pay the $37 fee.

However, as the Queen is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, she could make the Private Chapel a Royal Peculiar. This means it would be exempt from the jurisdiction of the diocese which would enable details of the christening to remain private.

Harry and Meghan wouldn’t be the first royals to not reveal the names of their child’s godparents. Zara and Mike Tindall took the same stance when their daughters Mia, five, and one-year-old Lena were baptized.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 5:26am on May 6, 2019.

His birth certificate was eventually made public, revealing that he had been born at The Portland Hospital in London.

The world was given its first glimpse of Meghan and Harry’s first child two days after his birth, during a brief photocall in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle.

—By Danielle Stacey

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