Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s daughter Lilibet may miss key royal christening tradition if she is baptised in LA

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry daughter Lilibet may miss out on a key royal christening tradition, as a source has claimed her baptism will be in LA not the UK.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their second child, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on June 4 in Santa Barbara, California.

It is thought the Sussexes will hold an Episcopal ceremony in LA instead of coming over to the UK to christen their daughter.

Babies born into the royal family traditionally all get baptised in the same satin gown – and the tradition spans hundreds of years. 

Queen Victoria commissioned the original gown in 1841 which was made from white silk and featured an intricate lace overlay.

The gown was inspired by The Queen's wedding dress and was first worn by Princess Victoria on her parent's one year wedding anniversary.

In its 163 years of service, 62 royal babies – including Prince William, Prince Harry and The Queen herself- were christened wearing the lavish robe.

However, in 2008 it was decided that the gown was too fragile for continued use and The Queen asked her dresser Angela Kelly and her Buckingham Palace team to make a replica for future christenings.

Each of Kate Middleton's three children wore the new gown for their christening – and Meghan and Harry’s eldest child Archie also donned it for his baptism. 

It had been thought that the couple were hoping to christen their daughter in front of Her Majesty, 95, who has not yet met her great-grandaughter, in Windsor.

However, royal insiders now believe Lilibet will be having a ceremony stateside – meaning it could be unlikely Lilibet will get to wear the precious garment.

She would also miss out on being christened in a lavish Lily Font that is gilded in silver and decorated with lilies, ivy and cherubs.

The receptacle has been used in the majority of royal christenings over the past 150 years, including Archie’s.

A palace source told The Telegraph: “There will not be a christening in the UK. It is not happening.”

Meanwhile another insider added it was “highly unlikely”.  

However Bishop Michael Curry, who delivered the sermon at the couple’s wedding, is the head of the Episcopal Church and could officiate.

It’s thought the couple will opt for an Episcopal ceremony, which is a member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion – as Catholics cannot be part of the line of succession.

If they did make the trip, it would be Meghan's first visit to the UK since last year's Megxit when the couple left for the US.

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Harry and Meghan's son Archie was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St George's Chapel, Windsor, in July, 2019. 

Meghan made sure the christening was a “completely private affair” attended by just 22 guests, according to the couple's unauthorised biography Finding Freedom.


Harry and Meghan refused to name their son's godparents after he was christened while they were still senior and full-time royals.

Details of royal babies' godparents had always been made public previously.

The Queen didn’t attend Archie’s 2019 ceremony due to prior commitments.

A spokeswoman for the Sussexes said plans for the christening were still being finalised.

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More than a year on from joining forces with Netflix, the couple have only announced two major productions – Harry’s Heart of Invictus about the Invictus Games and Meghan’s animated children’s show Pearl.

They've also still only released one 34-minute podcast in their nine months with the platform – despite promising much more.

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