Problems that blighted Archie's christening – and how Meghan Markle dealt with them

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been hit with a number of problems in the build-up to Archie’s christening this weekend.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed the Archbishop of Canterbury will christen Archie at the Private Chapel in Windsor Castle today.

Breaking with tradition, the new parents have chosen to keep the day private and will have just 25 people at the intimate ceremony.

The news disappointed many royal fans, who have been used to seeing royal parents with their little one on the day of t he christening .

 

Harry and Meghan said they plan on raising Archie as a “private citizen”

Kate Middleton and Prince William have publicly stepped out for the christening of all three of their children.

While the ceremony itself will always remain private and is not broadcast on TV, the public and press have been invited to watch them walk into the service beforehand.

But, backlash at a private ceremony isn’t the only problem to have blighted Archie’s christening.

We’ve taken a look at all the obstacles Meghan and Harry have faced in organising the day.

Meghan and Harry shared a touching image of baby Archie on Instagram

 

Problems with the date

Meghan and Harry had reportedly planned to have Archie christened on Friday, July 5.

But, when they came up against a string of Royal Family diary clashes, they were forced to change it to the weekend.

Both Prince Charles and the Queen were unable to make the original date.

Charles, 70, was reportedly still in Wales where he has spent the week marking 50 years holding the title of Prince of Wales.

Charles could not make the original date of the christening

 

The Queen was also attending Holyrood Week – one of the most important dates in the monarch’s calendar.

She carried out engagements across Scotland, staying in Edinburgh’s Palace of Holyrood House, her official residence north of the border.

It is reportedly one of her ‘non-negotiable’ weeks in the diary.

Queen cannot attend

The Queen will not be at the christening and instead will spend the weekend at Sandringham

 

While the original date of the christening was changed to accommodate members of the royal family, the Queen will reportedly still not attend the day.

It has been reported that after her week in Scotland, she will not be returning to London.

Instead, the 93-year-old monarch is heading to Sandringham for a weekend with Prince Philip.

The situation is said to have surprised some staff at Buckingham Palace.

One member of staff reportedly said: “Her Majesty was already scheduled to be in Scotland for her annual Holyrood week and had a prior engagement at the weekend.”

Speaking of the reason this weekend was chosen for the christening, a source added: “While this was the best weekend for friends and family coming over from the US, they did just really want to hold the christening as soon as possible, before everyone disappears for the summer.

“As a family they took a collective decision that this was the best option.”

Meghan’s family will be absent

Doria is believed to be the only member of Meghan’s family attending

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Meghan’s mum Doria is the only member of her family believed to be attending the christening.

Doria recently returned to her home in California after moving in with Meghan and Harry to help after Archie was born.

Meghan’s fall out with her family has seen her cut all contact from father Thomas, brother Thomas Junior and her sister Samantha.

Many thought Archie’s birth could see them rekindle their relationships, however it’s believed there remains no contact.

Public anger at private christening

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will keep the christening and godparents private

 

Many were furious at the decision for Meghan and Harry to have a private christening for Archie.

The Duke and Duchess were accused of wanting it “both ways” when it comes to being public figures and wanting privacy in otherwise public royal events.

Reports of the private christening came just days after the £2.4million bill for renovating the couple’s Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage , was made public.

And that cost could further rise to £3million by the time the building work is finished.

Taxpayers shelled out £2.4million to renovate Frogmore Cottage

 

Penny Junor, who has penned a biography of Prince Harry , branded making the christening private a “mistake”.

She told the Sunday Times that the couple “can’t have it both ways”, stating: “Either they are totally private, pay for their own house and disappear out of view or play the game the way it is played.”

The author added: “Many people don’t understand why they are paying nearly £3million for Harry and Meghan’s house, so in terms of public relations it would be a good quid pro quo for the pair to briefly show Archie off.”

Godparents not to be named

Serena confirmed she would not be at the christening

 

 

As well as wanting to keep the christening a private affair, Meghan and Harry also revealed they would not be naming the godparents.

The decision was criticised once again, with many finding the news hard to swallow after the £2.4million bill for their family home.

Meghan friend Serena Williams ruled herself out of the picture after saying she was “working” on Saturday and would not be attending the chirstening.

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The Wimbledon champ, currently playing in The Championships, said: “No, I’m working on Saturday. But, yeah, so she [Meghan] understands work.”

Some of the contenders for possible godparents have been named as George and Amal Clooney, Meghan’s friend Jessica Mulroney and Oprah Winfrey.

For godfather, Harry’s school friend Charlie van Straubenzee has been named as a possibility, as well as Harry’s trusted friend Mark Dyer – a former Welsh Guards officer.



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