Meghan Markle, Prince Harry won’t christen their daughter Lilibet Diana in the Church of England: report

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When it comes to Lilibet Diana’s christening, her parents are allegedly looking to keep things local.

On Tuesday, royal sources alleged to the U.K.’s Telegraph that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not christen their daughter in the Church of England and are instead considering a ceremony in California.

According to the outlet, it has been previously suggested that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who named the four-month-old after Queen Elizabeth II, would christen their child at Windsor Castle in front of the reigning monarch who has yet to meet her great-granddaughter in person.

However, those palace insiders are now alleging that a christening across the pond was "highly unlikely" and the couple will instead christen their daughter at the Episcopal Church in America.

According to the outlet, Markle was baptized and confirmed into the Church of England in a private ceremony conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The couple’s firstborn, Archie, was also christened by the archbishop in a secret ceremony.

The news came shortly after People magazine reported the couple will miss an October 19 event celebrating Princess Diana’s life. According to the outlet, Prince William will attend the private reception for donors who funded the statue of Diana that was unveiled in July on what would have been the late royal’s 60th birthday. The outlet noted that instead, Harry will be reaching out to the donors privately.

Harry, 37, returned to London for the statue unveiling and reunited with his older brother, 39, for the first time since their grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral in April. Markle, 40, who gave birth to Lilibet in June, did not fly overseas for either occasion.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the statue unveiling was a scaled-down event that was only attended by Diana's close family members, as well as statue committee members, the statue’s sculptor and the designer of the Sunken Garden.

Reps for the duke and duchess did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

In September, the couple traveled to New York City for several public appearances and meetings, marking their first joint outing since Lilibet’s birth.

Markle, a former American actress, became the Duchess of Sussex when she married the British prince in May 2018 at Windsor Castle. The couple welcomed a son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departures from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as the British media’s intrusions and racist attitudes towards the former "Suits" star. The family now resides in the coastal city of Montecito, Calif.

In the wake of quitting royal duties, they gave an explosive TV interview to Oprah Winfrey in March, in which the couple described painful comments about how dark Archie’s skin might be before his birth. The duchess talked about the intense isolation she felt inside the royal family that led her to contemplate suicide.

Buckingham Palace said the allegations of racism made by the couple were "concerning" and would be addressed privately.

On June 4, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The child is eighth in line to the British throne.

The name pays tribute to both the queen, 95, whose family nickname is Lilibet and his late mother.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Not Return to the U.K. for Event Honoring Princess Diana

PEOPLE 12 October, 2021 - 02:20pm

Prince William will attend the private reception for donors who funded the statue of Diana that was unveiled in July on what would have been the late Princess of Wales' 60th birthday.

Prince Harry and Meghan, who relocated their family to California last year, will not return to the U.K. for the Kensington Palace event this month, though Harry is privately reaching out to donors.

Prince Harry, 37, returned to London for the statue's debut, reuniting with his older brother, 39, for the first time since their grandfather Prince Philip's funeral in April. Meghan, who gave birth to their daughter Lilibet Diana in June, did not make the trip to the U.K. for either occasion.

Taylor Hill/WireImage Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, July's statue unveiling was a scaled-down affair attended only by close family members of Princess Diana (including her brother, Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, and her sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes), statue committee members, the statue's sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley and Pip Morrison, the designer of the Sunken Garden.

Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Prince William and Prince Harry

William and Harry said in a joint statement, "Today, on what would have been our Mother's 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character — qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better."

The statement continued, "Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy."

Thanking the team who helped bring the statue and the garden to life, they also expressed their appreciation for "all those around the world who keep our mother's memory alive."

John Lamparski/Getty Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Meghan, 40, and Harry traveled to New York City last month for several public appearances and meetings, which were their first joint outings since their daughter's birth. They kicked off their visit with an early morning stop at One World Observatory at the World Trade Center with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Kathy Hochul, followed by touring the 9/11 Museum and memorial and meeting with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Meghan also read her children's book, The Bench, to a group of Harlem students before the couple promoted vaccine equity onstage at Global Citizen Live in Central Park.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are bending yet another royal tradition — this time, by ensuring that son Archie and daughter Lilibet are largely concealed from the public. “A lot of people have decided that it is kind of not worth the hassle,” Giles Harrison, CEO of photo agency London Entertainment, recently told the Daily […]

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