Lilibet Diana christening: Prince Harry’s memoir played role in UK service rejection

This Morning: Phil weighs in on the Lilibet christening debate

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on 4 June 2021. There has been great speculation about where she would be christened, and sources have now revealed that Lili may get an Episcopal ceremony in LA instead of coming over to the UK. The Sussex’s son, Archie, was christened in Windsor Castle in 2019.

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

Royal expert, Neil Sean claimed Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir about his life as a member of the Royal Family may have played a role when deciding whether Lilibet would be christened in the UK.

Mr Sean said: “What a lot of senior royals are concerned about, is the fact that if Prince Harry and Meghan were to return for a christening, would this make a new chapter in the forthcoming tell-all memoir.

“It would make perfect sense if you think about it, this would give them a story good or bad.

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“How well they were treated, if they were treated well, and how the day goes.

“The other side of the coin is that senior members of the British Royal Family over here in the United Kingdom don’t want to be part of that book.”

He added: “As we told you on this show a while back, Prince Harry was given the opportunity to curtail the book, but as we know so far, and we have to say allegedly, he turned down that opportunity.”

“Why on Earth would the Royal Family in the United Kingdom want to leave themselves wide open to scrutiny, being featured in a book they’re unhappy about. It doesn’t make sense at all.

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“Perhaps that’s the real reason why Harry and Meghan aren’t returning. There simply would be no story.”

Buckingham Palace has declined to comment.

Should Lili be christened in the States, the royal baby will miss out on lots of traditions. 

The biggest tradition is donning the satin gown that is worn by royal babies during the ceremony, the tradition spans hundreds of years. 

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

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

In 2008, the gown was branded too fragile for continued use and The Queen asked royal dressmaker Angela Kelly to make a replica.

It is unlikely that Lilibet will get to wear the precious gown. 

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