This Morning: Phil weighs in on the Lilibet christening debate
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been based in the US since they quit the Firm last year but despite no longer being working royals they are still much-loved members of the Queen’s family. Their daughter Lilibet was born in June and named after her great-grandmother. In recent weeks there has been mounting speculation as to whether the Sussexes could travel to Britain so the Queen could attend Lili’s christening.
Express.co.uk asked thousands of readers whether Harry and Meghan should follow tradition and have a UK christening for Lilibet.
In a poll of 9,174 people, held from October 12 to 13, a staggering 95 percent of voters said Lilibet should be christened in the US.
A royal insider recently told the Telegraph that a US christening under the Anglican church is the most likely option for the Sussexes.
They said: “There will not be a christening in the UK. It is not happening.”
Many Britons seem to support this plan after the last two years have seen the Sussexes move their lives permanently away from Britain.
One voter seethed: “They should definitely christen Lili in the US.
“She was born in the US and will grow up in the US.
“Her parents claim that the UK was so horrible to them and that the royal family was horrible to them.
“Why would Meghan and Harry want to christen Lili in the UK?”
Another claimed they had severed ties with the family, writing: “They will not be holding any such event or attend events here under the Royal Family rules.
“They have burnt all bridges and are not entitled as non-working Royals.
The last time Meghan stepped foot on British soil was at the start of 2020, shortly before she and Prince Harry stepped down from royal duties.
Prince Harry has since flown home for Prince Philip’s funeral and to unveil a statue of his mother, Princess Diana, alongside his brother William.
Another disgruntled Express reader claimed the couple had “abandoned” Britain.
They raged: “The vast majority of the people of Great Britain and the Commonwealth do not want to see the return of “H” and his wife.
“They kicked aside Queen and Country in favour of “woke” Tinseltown.”
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At the start of September, there were reports that the Sussexes were planning a Windsor christening for Lilibet, to follow in the footsteps of both Harry and Archie.
The intended trip apparently involved an intimate with the Queen, so that she could finally meet her great-granddaughter Lilibet, but sadly these plans have not yet come to fruition.
Royal fans have speculated that the four-month-old will be baptised at the Episcopal Church of the US, by Bishop Michael Curry who gave the sermon at the Sussex’s wedding.
If Lilibet is christened in the US, she could later be recognised as a member of the Church of England if she officially attends a congregation.
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