Little Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor had his first big family event this weekend: his christening. The little guy, who was born on May 6, was in good company with his parents, grandparents Doria Ragland, Prince Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall, but one grandparent who wasn’t present was Thomas Markle. Unsurprisingly, Meghan Markle’s father wasn’t invited to the special event on Sunday, July 7. And Thomas Markle’s reaction to not attending Archie’s christening is equally unsurprising.
According to the Sussex Royal Instagram account, Archie was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle. Archie, Meghan, and Harry live on the Frogmore Estate in Windsor, and Windsor is also where Meghan and Harry were married in May 2018, so the location of the event was convenient and memorable for the royal family.
The Duke and Duchess’s Instagram account (which I am convinced is run by Meghan herself) added a new set of photos from the christening. The first showed Meghan holding Archie in her lap, Harry by their side, and the three of them surrounded by Prince Charles, Camilla, Ragland, Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as Princess Diana’s sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodal. The Queen couldn’t attend the christening because of previously scheduled royal engagements, according to Entertainment Tonight. Prince Philip wasn’t in attendance either.
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This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
Speaking with Mail on Sunday, Thomas Markle said he "would have enjoyed" seeing his grandson be christened.
"I have been asked if I would have liked to have gone to Britain to see my new grandson being christened," he said to the outlet. "I was an altar boy at age 12, a confirmed member of the Queen’s church at age 14, and Archie is my new grandson, of course I would have enjoyed being there for the blessing, wishing Archie and his parents’ health and happiness."
I think fans of the royal family can assume that whatever goes down in Meghan (and now, Archie’s) life, Thomas Markle hopes he will be part of it. That’s what he and Samantha Markle have been gunning for for so long, but it doesn’t seem like Meghan will be interested in reconciliation. It’s her prerogative to have her father be in her life and her son’s or not, but if I were her, the more he spoke to the press, the more I would pull back. Maybe if her father’s side of the family stopped giving interviews, writing books, etc., she would be interested in reconnecting. But as of right now, I don’t blame her for staying distant.
Let’s turn our focus back to that cute as heck christening Instagram, shall we? Little Archie wore a replica of his father’s christening gown. The gown was also worn by all of his cousins (all the rest of the Queen’s grandchildren) at their christenings. The original gown was commissioned by Queen Victoria for her daughter, Victoria, in 1841, and was retired in 2004. Queen Elizabeth had a replica made soon after.
So, as always, this royal event had a touch of history to it. And that black-and-white photo of Meghan gazing at Harry while Harry gazes at Archie? Don’t even get me started.
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