Prince Harry (36) and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex (39), want to christen their little girl, Lilibet Diana, in front of the queen at Windsor Castle, royal sources say.
Apparently Harry made his wishes clear when he visited the UK earlier this month for the unveiling of the statue of his late mother, Princess Diana.
“Harry told several people that they want to have Lili christened at Windsor, just like her brother Archie,” one source says. “They’re happy to wait until circumstances allow.”
Of course, the news will raise eyebrows given the controversy that has swirled around the duke and duchess ever since they quit the royal family early last year.
Critics say it appears they still want to hold onto some of the perks of royal life despite their ongoing criticism of the monarchy, which has created a huge rift between them and the rest of the royal family, most notably between Harry and his brother, Prince William.
Royal fans will remember the brouhaha that erupted when they decided to keep the July 2019 christening of Archie private.
The 25 invited guests – which didn’t include the queen as she had a prior engagement – arrived at St George’s Chapel at Windsor via a discreet back entrance and no details of the baby’s godparents were made public.
This was a breach of royal protocol – godparents of royal babies are traditionally announced beforehand, often on the morning of the christening.
Time will tell if the Sussexes’ wish for their daughter will come true. If they’re granted permission, the visit will mark Meghan’s first time back on British soil since she and Harry stepped down as working royals.
The duchess gave birth to Lilibet (named after the queen’s childhood nickname) on 4 June at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. Her Majesty is believed to have met her namesake on a video call shortly after the tot arrived home.
Their decision to name their daughter after Harry’s grandmother was seen as an attempt by the couple to build bridges with the royal family after their shock exit and move to the US last year.
Their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March this year alienated them further after they accused the monarchy of racism, emotional neglect and bullying.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, standard.co.uk