Thursday 22 August 2019

Meghan isn't responsible for privacy decision - Harry is, source reveals ahead of Archie's christening

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Peter Nicholls/PA)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Peter Nicholls/PA)
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex take part in the Trooping the Colour parade in central London, Britain June 8, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex look on during the pre-game ceremonies before the MLB London Series game between Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have had to introduce their baby Archie to their labrador and a beagle. Photo: PA
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold their baby son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor as Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Doria Ragland look on. Picture: Chris Allerton/@sussexroyal
Proud dad: Prince Harry announces the birth at Windsor Castle. Picture: Reuters
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem, in support of the Sentebale charity, at the Royal Albert Hall (Paul Grover/Daily Telegraph)

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Prince Harry is behind the plan to keep his son's godparents a secret.

The royal and his wife, Duchess Meghan, will christen their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor , on Saturday but, breaking with royal tradition, they have decided not to release the names of the tot's godparents, a decision which was reportedly Harry's idea.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "People might think Meghan responsible for this whole privacy thing but it is Harry leading the charge. He wants Archie to be a private citizen in every way possible.”

A statement from the royals explained: "Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be christened in a small private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday 6th July. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look forward to sharing some images taken on the day by photographer Chris Allerton. The godparents, in keeping with their wishes, will remain private."

The Church of England added: "Under the Parochial Registers and Records Measure 1978 all baptisms must be registered and the record made is normally publicly available.

"However the register to be used in this case is held privately by the royal household . . . and we understand that it has never complied with the usual requirement."

Meanwhile, Prince Harry previously opened up about how he desperately wants to be a good role model for his son.

Speaking at the National Youth Mentoring Summit, he said: "I'm struck by a few things today, most of which is the power of the invisible role model. The person who may be sitting here today that doesn't realise that someone looks up to them, that - for that person - you inspire them to be kinder, better, greater, more successful, more impactful. Perhaps it's the newfound clarity I have as a father knowing that my son will always be watching what I do, mimicking my behaviour, one day maybe even following in my footsteps.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have had to introduce their baby Archie to their labrador and a beagle. Photo: PA
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have had to introduce their baby Archie to their labrador and a beagle. Photo: PA

"But it's not just my role as a father that shows me that; it's in the people I see every day that don't realise how inspirational they are to those watching."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold their baby son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor as Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Doria Ragland look on. Picture: Chris Allerton/@sussexroyal
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold their baby son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor as Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Doria Ragland look on. Picture: Chris Allerton/@sussexroyal

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