Meghan and Prince Harry’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was christened at the queen’s private chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday, July 6, 2019.Couple of days before the christening, the Palace shared that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not reveal the names of the godparents of their son Archie.
However, the decision was rooted not only in Harry and Meghan’s desire to protect Archie’s privacy, but also the privacy of their friends and family.
A source revealed to PEOPLE.com: “These are friends, private citizens, not celebrities or public figures”. “Meghan and Harry wanted to protect them from the inevitable onslaught: ‘When did you meet them? How?’ That was the driving reason [to keep them private].
“It’s a very personal thing to ask somebody to be a godparent,” the source added.
Baby Archie’s christening was a private affair. No more than 25 people attended the service which was hidden away from public view inside the walls of Windsor Castle.
“It was just very, very low-key,” says the source. “You wouldn’t have even known it was going on. It was all very well thought through.”
When it comes to Harry and Meghan and doing things differently from past royal christenings: “this is not a couple that will conform if they don’t feel it’s right for them,” says a source. “It’s that simple.”
When it comes to George, Charlotte and Louis’ christenings, the royals and the godparents have been photographed arriving and leaving church. However, this wasn’t what Harry and Meghan wanted.
Still, few hours later, they treated us with two official photos of Archie’s big day.
The caption included: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son.
“They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment.”