In early January, Meghan Markle confirmed a few details about his first child. While visiting Birkenhead, the Duchess of Sussex shared that her due date is around April, and revealed that she and Harry are keeping the sex of their baby a surprise.
But one question still remains: who will serve as the child's godparents? As has been previously reported, Prince William and Duchess Kate are unlikely to take on the position as they already have a very important role as baby Sussex's aunt and uncle. But if Harry and Meghan stick to tradition, the newborn will have five to eight godparents, and the people chosen will likely be a mix of old friends and relatives. With that in mind, here's who could be considered:
George and Amal Clooney
Rumor has it that the international human rights lawyer and her Hollywood husband have been tapped to serve as godparents to Harry and Meghan's first child. The couples are reportedly quite good friends and socialize often, so it's certainly plausible, but in February, George Clooney scoffed at the idea during an interview. When he was asked if he might be in the running for the role, the actor said, "Oh yes, I’ll be the godfather of the royals apparently," before laughing and following up with a quick "No!"
Meghan and the tennis superstar have been close for years, and it seems that their relationship has only deepened in recent months, making Williams a contender for the role of godmother.
"We were actually just texting each other this morning," Williams said of Meghan on an Australian television program this past September. "We have known each other for a long time, but we really kind of are relying on each other a lot recently.”
Jessica and Ben Mulroney
Predicting that the Mulroneys will be godparents to Harry and Meghan's baby seems like a safe bet. Meghan's BFF has played a significant role in her relationship with Harry from the very beginning. The Mulroneys reportedly hosted secret dinners in Toronto for the couple when they first started dating. Then, when they got engaged, Jessica served as Meghan's "unofficial" wedding planner (while her children were bridal attendants). She even flew to Australia to help support Meghan on her first official royal tour, where the Duchess announced her pregnancy.
If we continue looking to the royal wedding for clues about Meghan and Harry's inner circle, Meghan's childhood friend Benita Litt could be a smart pick for godmother. Meghan is godmother to Litt's daughters Remi and Rylan, who you may remember served as her bridesmaids. She could very well ask their mom Benita to play a special role in new royal baby's life.
While it's unlikely that Harry and Meghan would ask another member of the royal family to serve as their child's godparent, it isn't unheard of. For example, Princess Anne's daughter Zara Tindall is Prince George's godmother, and Princess Eugenie could play a similar role in baby Sussex's life. Eugenie and Meghan have reportedly become good friends over the past year, bonding as neighbors on the grounds of Kensington Palace, so it wouldn't be an unsurprising choice.
Amanda Kline and Captain Mark William Galloway Dyer
Prince Charles's former equerry, Captain Mark William Galloway Dyer, served as a mentor for Prince Harry, particularly in the years following Princess Diana's death. When Captain Dyer married Kline in 2010, Harry was reportedly an usher at their wedding, and their son Jasper George served as a page boy in the royal wedding. Harry is Jasper's godfather, so it would be fitting that Captain Dyer would serve as the royal baby's.
Mr. Jake Warren
Jake Warren's daughter Zalie was the youngest bridesmaid at Harry and Meghan's wedding and is the goddaughter of Prince Harry. The Warrens have close ties to the royal family-Jake himself was the godson of Princess Diana-and Jake is one of Harry's good friends, making him a likely pick.
Charlie Van Straubenzee
Over the summer, just a few months after Harry and Meghan tied the knot, the royal couple attended the wedding of Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks. Van Straubenzee is one of Harry's childhood friends, and given that his brother Thomas already serves as Princess Charlotte's godfather, he's likely well-versed in how the whole process works and what the responsibilities of being godparent to a member of the royal family entail.
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