Harry and Meghan to hold 'secret' christening for Lilibet in the US

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Despite reports that Harry and Meghan wanted baby Lilibet christened in the UK in front of the Queen, it seems now the ceremony could likely take place in 'secret' in the US.

According to a royal expert, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex look set to remain in California to avoid any 'controversy'.

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Royal experts believe Lili will be christened in 'secret' in the US. Photo: Instagram by Misan Harriman

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliam said the couple will "do things their own way".

"It seems certain that her christening will be in Meghan’s home state and with the secrecy but without the controversy that surrounded Archie’s christening," he told the Express.

It remains to be seen whether royal fans will see a photo from the christening - after the couple released some family photos from Archie's in 2019 - as they have yet to release any image of their daughter to the public.

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Richard added the decision would have also had to do with the reaction the British press had to many of the choices Harry and Meghan made around Archie's christening.

"Harry and Meghan’s relations with the British press went badly downhill when Archie was christened in private and the names of the godparents were not released," he said.

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It was believed Harry and Meghan wanted Lili christened in front of the Queen. Photos: Getty

It comes after reports initially suggested the couple were hoping to christen Lilibet at Windsor in front of the Queen.

Daily Mail columnist Richard Eden had claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like Lili to be christened at St George's Chapel, which is where son Archie was christened in a top-secret ceremony in 2019.

"Harry told several people that they want to have Lili christened at Windsor, just like her brother," a royal source told Eden at the time.

"They are happy to wait until circumstances allow."

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Harry and Meghan moved to the US in 2020. Photo: Instagram

Lili's christening would have marked Meghan's first visit to the UK since she and her husband stepped back from royal duties and relocated Stateside in early 2020.

Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday, June 4 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara.

She is named after her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, whose childhood nickname was Lilibet, as well as her late grandmother, Princess Diana.

It's widely believed that Lili will not be given a royal title such a 'princess' as was the case with her older brother, Archie. As the daughter of a Duke, however, she is entitled to use the courtesy title "Lady".

A 'Letters Patent' issued by the Queen's grandfather, King George V, in 1917 could see both Lili and her brother Archie gain the title of 'prince' and 'princess' in the future.

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