The birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal baby was no doubt one of the most anticipated events of the year for royal fans.
But following Baby Sussex’s arrival, attention has shifted towards which other famous faces are set to play a pivotal role in the young boy’s life.
While most of us have just two godparents, the duke and duchess will likely follow royal tradition and enlist up to eight of their nearest and dearest into the coveted role.
Here are some of the stars we think might be in the running:
Jessica and Ben Mulroney
Jessica and Ben Mulroney are among the frontrunners to nab a spot as baby Sussex’s godparents – following on from their three children’s roles in Meghan’s bridal party last May.
Their twin sons, John and Brian and daughter, Ivy, acted as pageboys and flower girl.
The Toronto-based pair have been firm friends with the 37-year-old duchess since she moved to the city in 2011 and it has been rumoured Meghan has made trips to visit the family since becoming a royal.
Meghan’s closest confidant and stylist, Jessica and her TV presenter husband, even joined the duke and duchess on their royal tour in Australia last year.
As perhaps the most high-profile member of Meghan’s famous girl gang, Serena Williams is a likely contender for godparent, after supporting her friend’s transition onto the global stage.
Meghan was in London to watch the tennis ace play in Wimbledon before her fateful blind date with Harry in 2016 and the pair have only become closer as scrutiny toward Meghan intensified.
“We have known each other for a long time, but we really kind of are relying on each other a lot recently,” Serena told Sunrise of their friendship last year.
George and Amal Clooney
Adding a touch of Hollywood glamour to the pomp and privilege of any royal event, George and Amal Clooney would be welcome early influences in baby Sussex’s life.
The couple scored a coveted invite to the royal wedding in May 2018 and the intimate evening reception. They’re also reported to enjoy regular cosy dinners at the Sussex’s country home.
More recently, Amal is credited with having an integral role in organising Meghan’s high-profile baby shower – reportedly splashing out $100,000 to hire a private jet to take the duchess back to London.
Princess Eugenie and her cousin Harry’s close relationship has been documented since childhood, and she’s well-positioned to steer the new baby through the pressures of royal life.
Choosing an extended family member would also follow a trend set by Kate Middleton and Prince William, who made Zara Tindall one of Prince George’s godmothers back in 2013.
Newly-married Eugenie, who wed Jack Brooksback in a lavish Windsor Castle wedding in October 2018, has also become close with Meghan over the past year, as the two lived just minutes from each other on the grounds of Kensington Palace.
Charlie Van Straubenzee
As one of Prince Harry’s oldest friends, Charlie Van Straubenzee, is an obvious contender for godfather of the royal couple’s son.
After meeting at the well-heeled Ludgrove Prep School as youngsters, the pair have remained close – with Meghan spending her 37th birthday at Charlie’s wedding last August.
Harry was also a friend of Charlie’s older brother, Henry, who died in a car crash in 2002, and both young princes still serve as patron for the memorial fund named in his honour.
Lindsay Roth has been in Meghan’s life since way before she hit the big time and has apparently been one of the duchess’ closest confidants for more than 15 years.
The pair met during a literature class at Northwestern University in Chicago in 2002 and Meghan even served as maid of honour at Lindsay’s wedding in 2016.
Last year Lindsay spoke of her continued closeness with the duchess, telling People: “she’s still the same girl I met years ago, with the same values and priorities.”
Given that she’s widely rumoured to have been the mystery friend who set up Meghan and Harry, fashion designer Misha Nonoo has definitely earned a place on the list of potential godparents.
Misha has dressed the duchess on several occasions, and designed the famous ‘Husband’ shirt Meghan wore for her first public appearance with Harry at the Invictus Games in 2017.
She also existed in Harry’s world long before Meghan’s arrival, as she attended Kate and William’s wedding in 2011 with her ex-husband Alexander Gilkes, who went to Eton with both princes.
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