July 27, 2021

Meghan Markle and Harry: who are Archie’s godmothers and godfathers?

As Archie celebrates his second birthday this Thursday, May 6, the mystery is still present around the names of his godfathers and godmothers. A secret well kept by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

A royal couple very discreet about the life of their child. At the birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, born May 6, 2019, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have chosen not to follow royal traditions. Thus, the Sussex couple did not present the infant to the public on the day of his birth, unlike Kate Middleton who did so for her three children. But that’s not the only rule the little boy’s parents broke.

True to themselves, at the christening of their first child Meghan Markle and Prince Harry decided to not publicly announcing the names of their son’s godparents, Archie. However, Roya Nikkhah, royal correspondent of Times, revealed the three people chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Although the royal couple have not officially confirmed this, they would be Tiggy Pettifer, Mark Dyer and Charlie van Straubenzee.

Having played such an important role in Harry’s life, it makes sense that Tiggy Pettifer, the brothers’ beloved nanny, also watches over little Archie. As for Mark Dyer, he was “a former squire to the Prince of Wales who has become a mentor and close friend of Charles’ sons.” The two men were often photographed together. And for the third person, Prince Harry chose one of his closest childhood friends, Charlie van Straubenzee, to be his child’s godfather.

© Melville Toby/PA Photos/ABACAMeghan Markle and Prince Harry with their son Archie in 2019

The Sussex couple at the antipodes of the Cambridge couple

Kate Middleton and Prince William followed to the letter the strict protocol established by royalty regarding the arrival of a royal baby. Hours before the christening, Kensington Palace published a press release for reveal the names of godparents for each of his three children. Thus, Prince George has seven godparents, including the 7th Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor. Princess Charlotte has five. Prince William asked his close friends Thomas van Straubenzee and James Meade. And for Prince Louis, they chose six. But Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not among the lucky ones.

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