Prince William refused to allow the Sussexes to christen Lilibet Diana in Windsor?
One of the things we talk about in this week’s Gossip With Celebitchy podcast is all of the royal fan-fiction crap about when Prince Harry and Madame Duchess Meghan will return to the UK for a visit. There seems to be a lot of energy in the British papers about how the Sussexes will likely return before Christmas. In the pod, I said that one of the few stories I believed was that Harry told his grandmother that he would like to have Lilibet Diana christened in Windsor, like Archie was. As far as we know, Lilibet has not been christened in California, and it does feel like the Sussexes are waiting to do it in the UK. So… funny story, this random royal commentator claims that Prince William shut down the possibility of his niece Lili Diana being christened in Windsor. Hm.
Lilibet Diana, the youngest child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, has yet to make her debut on UK soil after her birth in Santa Barbara, California, in June. With no picture of the child available publicly, speculation about what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are planning for her christening has been rife. NBC royal correspondent Neil Sean claimed it is unlikely Lilibet Diana will have her day at St George’s Chapel in Windsor because of the alleged intervention of a senior Royal Family member.
Mr Sean claimed: “One of the bigger problems that Meghan really encountered of later is that she wanted her daughter, Lilibet Diana, to be christened in the place she was married alongside her husband Prince Harry. And then the christening of her firstborn, Archie. But that came to a grinding halt. Both Harry and Meghan were very keen to make that return and make sure that christening happened, particularly in front of Her Majesty The Queen.
“Some people may say they’re just capitalising on their royal connection and why not? It’s how they make money now. But moving forward there was one person who basically decided there wasn’t an appetite for this and the person that seemingly is, so far, not willing to kiss and make up with his younger brother.”
He further claimed: “According to a very good source, Prince William was the one who basically said ‘no, we don’t think this is going to work,’ it wasn’t a particularly good idea.”
Kensington Palace has declined to comment.
[From The Daily Express]
First off, I’m increasingly disgusted with these oh-so-casual asides about “Meghan and Harry are desperate to capitalize on their royal connection.” Harry is a “blood prince.” He IS royal, he is the royal connection, and even if he was striped of every title, he would still be the most charismatic and attention-grabbing person in that sad-sack family. Plus, it’s clear that despite Harry and Meghan’s general reticence when it comes to the deplorable royal family, Harry still has a soft spot (and a blind spot) for his grandmother. HE wanted to come back and introduce his children to the Queen. That was the request. It wasn’t Meghan. And it wasn’t about Charles and William either.
As for King Baldingham shutting down the possibility of a Windsor christening… well, I’m sure William tried. I’m sure William threw a tantrum about it. I’m sure William wants to keep the charismatic Sussexes far, far away. We’ll see if William gets what he wants.
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