Thursday, July 4, 2019

Meghan & Harry shun celebrities to pick private citizens as godparents of Archie ahead of his christening

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shunned celebrities as godparents to their son Archie and instead turned to a group of friends whose children played a key role in their wedding, royal sources revealed last night.

Meghan and Harry have picked ‘close and old friends’ for the roles amid a backlash over the royal couple’s refusal to identify them because they are ‘private citizens’.

The chosen few are likely to include Meghan's friend Benita Litt and Harry's childhood mentor Mark Dyer, while more-notable names including Jessica Mulroney and Serena Williams are out.

Ms Litt is an old friend from Los Angeles whose daughters Remi and Rylan – both Meghan’s goddaughters – were bridesmaids at the couple’s wedding.

Another possible godmother is Lindsay Roth, who met Meghan at Northwestern University in the US and is one of her oldest friends. Meghan was her bridesmaid and the two spend a lot of time together as she lives in London.

The royal couple, who are denying any public access to his christening at Windsor Castle on Saturday, have also decided not to allow TV cameras in to record the royal family arriving.

They will release a small number of images taken by their own photographer later in the day.