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A royal expert has claimed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will only announce their daughter Lilibet's christening after it has taken place.
Lilibet was born at the start of June, and the Queen is reportedly yet to meet her great grand-daughter, with the Sussexes having not returned to the UK together since Meghan gave birth.
And with Harry and Meghan no longer official royals since they departed from royal duties early last year, there has been speculation over whether their youngest child will receive the same royal christening ceremony as her brother.
Now, the Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers has suggested that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will opt for a low-key ceremony in the US, only announcing the occasion after it has happened.
“The word from their people is they haven’t decided. I don’t know whether I necessarily will take that at face value,” he explained on the Pod Save the Queen podcast.
“I just think that they will probably drop an announcement that it’s already happened and that will be all you know about it.
“But it will be very interesting to see, if it is in the States, whether there are pictures that emerge over in the States, whether you get to know who her godparents are…"
Russell explained that Christmas would have been an ideal time for Harry and Meghan to visit the UK, but claimed that this is unlikely after the supposed fall-out from the explosive Oprah Winfrey interview is yet to be resolved.
“It all sounds a bit to be honest; are they, aren’t they?" he continued.
“I would have thought, if they were going to do it in the UK, then it would have been a great opportunity to come over, be christened in the UK, and see the family at Christmas, or Thanksgiving, or whenever it was.
“It doesn’t look like that is going to happen. It doesn’t look like they are going to be here for Christmas.
“I’ll put my neck out, I don’t think she will be christened in the United Kingdom, I think it will be in the States, even though they are saying no decision has been made. "
Russell suggested there doesn’t appear to be a resolution to the pair’s alleged conflict with 'The Firm' on the horizon.
“It would be a welcoming back into the family. Things are still very very raw; the Oprah Winfrey interview and everything that has been said since then, it has not just been swept under the carpet," he continued.
This comes as other commentators have also claimed that a UK christening is in doubt, after Harry confirmed he would not be returning to the UK for a ceremony to thank the sponsors of a statue unveiled to honour his late mother Princess Diana.
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- Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor
- Meghan Markle
- Prince Harry
- Prince William
- Princess Diana
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