Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, have been encouraged to return to the UK to hold a christening for their new daughter Lilibet Diana. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who stepped down as senior royals in March 2020, have not released any details about a future christening yet. Royal commentator Ian Lloyd has said it would help repair bridges and give the Royal Family a chance to meet the latest addition.
Speaking to Palace Confidential on Mail+, Mr Lloyd said: “One of the things we have to wait and see is whether little Lilibet is christened in this country given the Sussexes horror of high profile events.
“They might want to keep it a low profile event with the Clooneys and Oprah in America.
“But if they do decide to come here and christen the baby then we’ll have a photograph if we haven’t seen the baby yet.
“It would be nice for the Queen to meet her, nice for it to be documented and of course the baby would get to wear the royal christening robes.
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“It would be a diplomatic and nice way of building bridges to have the whole family together to celebrate Lilibet’s arrival.”
Lilibet is the Queen’s family nickname and the choice pays tribute to the monarch at a challenging time for the Windsors, who are mourning the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh.
They have also faced heartbreak and division after the Sussexes, who quit as senior working royals last year, plunged the monarchy into crisis with their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.
Harry made further controversial comments about his family in the following weeks, and has also experienced a long-running rift with his brother William.
In a message of thanks on their Archewell website, Harry and Meghan said: “On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.
“She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe.
“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
The Sussexes’ press secretary confirmed the baby had been named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.