When baby Archie was christened in July of 2019 at the private chapel in Windsor Castle, his parents, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, caused something of a controversy by breaking with royal tradition and choosing not to publicly announce the names of their son's godparents.
At the time, the couple received criticism for keeping the service and the details surrounding it private; however, Harry and Meghan stuck by their decision, apparently out of deference to the godparents' privacy.
Of course, in the subsequent months, the issue of privacy has become an increasingly pressing one for the Sussexes who in January, following months of hostilities with the British press, released an unprecedented announcement that they would be stepping back from their senior positions in the royal family.
It's perhaps surprising then that it was on the heels of further clarification from Buckingham Palace defining Harry and Meghan's new roles that The Sunday Times released information apparently revealing the identities of some of Archie's godparents.
The report revealed that, along with Harry’s friend Charlie van Straubenzee, Harry and Prince William's former nanny Tiggy Pettifer and former equerry to the Prince of Wales Mark Dyer are both serving as godparents to little Archie.
According to The Times, Pettifer looked after both Harry and William from 1993 to 1999 and played an important role in their lives following the death of their mother Princess Diana in 1997. Harry and William are both reportedly godfathers to Pettifer's own sons. Dyer, on the other hand, is said to have served as a mentor-figure for the princes, and even helped Harry establish is charity, Sentebale.
The report has not been officially confirmed by the Sussexes; however, even if the names are accurate, there are likely still several more godparents for Archie that remain unknown. Royal babies tend to have around six godparents, typically close non-celebrity friends or relatives outside of the immediate family.
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