Lilibet Diana: Windsor christening 'unlikely' says Nikkhah
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Reports of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s last-minute plan to fly over to the UK and have their youngest child christened at Windsor Castle have been dashed. Earlier this week, sources close to the couple suggested that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had reached out to the Queen to plan a short visit and a christening for their daughter. However, senior royal correspondents have since come out to reject these claims as ridiculous, saying such a plan is “very, very unlikely” to take place.
Emily Nash, Royal Editor at HELLO!, said these latest claims were “very, very unlikely” to happen.
Roya Nikkhah, a royal correspondent for The Times, echoed this, saying: “I would agree with that assessment.”
Royal biographer Andrew Lownie told True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat: “I think it’s very unlikely too.”
Royal Beat host Kate Thornton questioned the experts in light of reports that “the couple will return to the UK within a few weeks to have Lilibet christened at Windsor”.
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The couple’s second child, born on June 4th, was named Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in honour of the Queen and the late Princess Diana.
However, Lilibet has yet to meet the rest of her family, while such a visit would also mark Meghan’s first return to the UK since she stepped back from royal duties.
It was thought that the couple had wanted to continue a tradition, after Lilibet’s two-year-old brother, Archie Harrison, was christened at Windsor.
The Duke and Duchess had reportedly even requested a meeting with the Queen as they planed out a christening.
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While both Harry and Meghan have suffered turbulent relationships with other senior royals, the Duke of Sussex is thought to remain on good terms with the Queen.
One source told The Sun that the Queen is “still very fond of Harry and would love to see Lilibet and her brother Archie”.
Speaking to The Daily Mail, another royal source said: “Harry told several people that they want to have Lili christened in Windsor, just like her brother. They are happy to wait until circumstances allow.”
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Royal author Robert Jobson said the latest claims about the couple’s plans exposed their “breathtaking entitlement”.
He told the Mirror that Harry and Meghan appear to be “blissfully unaware of the mayhem their behaviour has caused” the royals.
Writing in the Mirror, the royal expert said: “The couple, who have been very vocal in the media from their Californian mansion lately, have kept Lilibet away from prying eyes and guarded her privacy jealously.
“Now there is talk – as she is already older than her brother Archie was when he was christened – that they are pushing for a ceremony in the private chapel at Windsor Castle.
“To some, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s sense of entitlement might seem breathtaking.”
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