Fitzwilliams went on to say that Harry and Meghan may simply want to avoid the same flak they got the last time they planned a christening. When Archie was christened at Windsor in 2019, the couple opted to have a closed-door ceremony, keeping the public and press in the dark about such details as the baby’s godparents. Only after all was said and done did they pose for photos like the one above. This didn’t go over well, since the royal family is expected to be more transparent about life events like these. “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,” Fitzwilliams said.
The Sussexes committed another faux pas by holding the ceremony during the General Synod, the most important event in the church’s year. The Archbishop of Canterbury was forced to change his plans in order to officiate, inconveniencing both him and his fellow bishops (via Daily Mail). A U.S. baptism would presumably be a less complicated affair.
The bottom line, said Fitzwilliams, is that Harry and Meghan are determined to live their post-royal life on their own terms. Having Lilibet christened at Windsor might please her great-grandmother, but it might cost her parents some of the independence they value so highly.