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‘Full scale row’ with Diana and Princess Anne reason why Anne refused Harry’s christening

Princess Anne on missing Prince Harry’s christening in 1985

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Following news that a number of senior Royal’s could be left off the invite list for the christening of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s second child Lilibet ‘Lily’ Diana Mountbatten Windsor if the event is held in California, US-based women’s news and lifestyle channel The List explained how in 1985 Princess Anne rejected an invite from Princess Diana and Prince Charles to attend the christening of her nephew Prince Harry due to a massive row between Diana and Anne.

The List narrator said: “The Princess Royal was not present at Harry’s christening at Windsor Castle in 1984.

“The Mirror quoted a palace statement at the time saying: ‘They will be arriving in Windsor later in the day’.”

However The List go onto quote an article that appeared on Express.co.uk as saying Anne’s absence was “actually due to a full-scale row that had erupted between Anne and her brother and sister-in-law, Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales.

“One royal correspondent reported that the argument erupted because she felt slighted that she was not named Harry’s godmother.”

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But during an interview a year on from the christening, the Princess Royal told TV host Terry Wogan she was double booked and could not attend.

She said: “As far as we were concerned, it was a date my husband had fixed and he was away in Australia when all this came up.

“It was actually one of those rare occassions when we had actually made a plan a long way in advance – which is rare with us, I can tell you!

“We had recieved a lot of hospitality from people over the years and this was really one move we felt we couldn’t really put off.”

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The news comes as Daniela Elser, a Royal Writer at News.com.au, claims the christening of five-week-old Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor raises questions about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s role in public life.

Ms Elser also claims how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle face a “tough choice” about whether to release photos of their baby after her christening.

Writing in news.com.au, Ms Elser said: “While they might desperately want to be able to offer their daughter a level of privacy that Harry was never allowed to enjoy growing up in the royal fishbowl, the hard truth is that they do still occupy a strange nebulous place between public figures and private citizens.

“Which is why some sort of shot of Lili – a toe! A finger! One tiny hand holding an even tinier hand! – does not seem out of the question.”

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The tough decisions over where to hold the christening and in turn, who to invite come off the back of The Queen being unable to attend their firsborn son’s christening.

The Queen, who is Archie’s great-grandmother, had a prior engagement, and ended up sending her regrets that she could not make the christening.

Ms Elser added: “In hindsight, the handling of Archie’s christening was a turning point for the couple and you can draw a straight line from that furore to ‘Megxit’.”

She continued: “However, if the Sussexes’ decided to hold the ceremony in California, thus precluding the Queen who no longer travels internationally from attending, it would be seen as nothing less than a clear rejection of the royal family.”

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