The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have endured a tense relationship with the Royal Family since they quit the Firm last January and moved to California two months later. However, amid the family rift, Meghan gave birth to the couple’s second child ‒ Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor ‒ on June 4. Royal watchers have speculated as to whether Harry and Meghan could travel to the UK to christen their daughter at Windsor Castle, as they did with their son Archie in 2019.
Yet the couple’s spokesperson announced that decisions on Lilibet’s christening were still being made and that any claims on the event’s details were “mere speculation”.
A royal expert branded the spokesperson’s statement as ‘woolly’, however.
Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Zoe Forsey and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
Mr Myers said: “It was reported categorically that they weren’t going to christen Lilibet in the UK and that’s since been quite vociferously denied.
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“There isn’t any categorical decision on it.
“It all sounds a bit woolly to me ‒ are they [or] aren’t they?”
He added: “I would have thought if they were going to do it in the UK then it would be a great opportunity to come over, be christened in the UK and see the family at Christmas.
“It doesn’t look like that is going to happen ‒ it doesn’t look like they will be here for Christmas.”
A number of Harry and Meghan’s ventures and television appearances have widened rifts with the Firm since Harry and Meghan dramatically quit the Royal Family.
In March this year, the couple gave a two-hour tell-all CBS interview to Oprah Winfrey where they were deeply critical of Palace life.
Meghan also claimed her mental health struggles had not been supported by the Royal Family and that a senior royal had raised “concerns” about how dark their baby’s skin might be when he was born.
Since the bombshell interview Harry also opened up about his own mental health struggles and relationship with his family members in AppleTV+ documentary The Me You Can’t See, while his July announcement of a memoir also reportedly caused more tension with the Royal Family.
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The Duke of Sussex has only returned to the UK twice since his move to California, for the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip in April, and to unveil a statue of his late mother Princess Diana, alongside brother Prince William in July.
Meanwhile, Meghan has not returned since her March 2020 Los Angeles move.
Royal expert Mr Myers claimed he did not take the couple’s spokesperson’s christening statement at “face value” and added that Harry and Meghan could drop an announcement that it’s “already happened”.
He said: “Who knows when they will be making their next trip here? Will it be for the christening? Will it be for Christmas?
“I don’t think it will be this year. Again, anything can happen.
“The word from their people is they haven’t decided [on the christening plans].
“I don’t know if I necessarily take that at face value.
“I think they will probably drop an announcement that it’s already happened and that will be all you know about it.”
Harry and Meghan moved from Los Angeles to the California beach town of Santa Barbara last July, where they live with their two young children.
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