Harry and Meghan 'unlikely' to return to UK for Lilibet's christening, claim experts

By Jennifer Newton

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are "unlikely" to bring their baby daughter Lilibet to the UK so she can be christened, according to a group of royal experts.

Reports have suggested that the couple were keen to have the three-month-old christened in Britain like her older brother Archie.

He was younger than what Lilibet is now when he was baptised in a ceremony in Windsor in May 2019.

It has also been claimed that a trip to the UK would also allow the Queen to meet her 11th great-grandchild for the first time.

On True Royalty TV's The Royal Beat, the assembled royal experts were asked if they could see Harry and Meghan returning to the UK soon for a christening.

Meghan and Harry with Archie days after he was born in 2019 (Getty Images)

But Hello!'s royal editor Emily Nash said: "I think that is fairly unlikely."

Royal historian Dr Andrew Lownie agreed as did the Sunday Times royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah.

She added: "I think given Harry and Meghan decided that they want their life to be in America and Lilibet was born in America - I'm not sure she will be baptised quite yet, she's very little."

The Queen has yet to meet Harry and Meghan's daughter Lilibet - her 11th great-grandchild (Getty Images)

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Meanwhile, another royal expert previously said it is likely the infant will be christened in the US.

Author Richard Fitzwilliams told the Express : "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.

Harry and Meghan are yet to release a picture of their daughter Lilibet (Getty Images)

"The Sussexes were emphatic that they intended to do things their own way and so it has proved.

"It must be likely that she will be christened in California though there are rumours of a possible christening at Windsor."

Lilibet was born in June in Santa Barbara, California, and Harry and Meghan have still not offered a glimpse of what their daughter looks like.

Her name is a tribute to her great-grandmother the Queen as Lilibet is a nickname of hers.

The pet name was affectionately given to the monarch by her late father George VI when she struggled to pronounce her own name 'Elizabeth' as a little girl.

Meanwhile, Lilibet's middle name is Diana - a sweet nod to her late grandmother Princess Diana.

The Royal Beat - available on True Royalty TV.


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