Thursday, 9 Apr 2020

Harry and Meghan share first pictures of Archie's secret christening

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared the first pictures of the christening of their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

The heartwarming portrait features Meghan and Harry holding Archie surrounded by their close relatives.

Meghan’s mum, Doria Ragland, made the journey from LA to witness the baptism of her first-born grandchild.

The couple paid tribute to Harry’s late mother Diana and included her sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale in the beautiful pictures.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seated close by, having been seen arriving at the event earlier in the day.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were also seated alongside the proud couple.

A second shot in black-and-white shows Meghan dressed in white gazing into Harry’s eyes as she cradles baby Archie who sleeps peacefully in her arms.

The pictures have offered the public their first glimpse at Archie’s face since his birth, as the Duke and Duchess have done their best to shield him from the spotlight.

They shared the snaps with their 9 million Instagram followers and said they were ‘so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public’.

The Duke and Duchess also thanked those who had supported them since the birth of their son.

Archie was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

The official guestlist is not known, with those attending thought to have arrived to the service through a discreet backdoor.

Meghan and Harry have been criticised for their decision to keep the day to themselves, after it emerged the public had funded the £2.4 million renovations on their new home, Frogmore Cottage.

The couple followed in the footsteps of previous royal christenings and dressed Archie in the Honiton lace christening gown.

The historic garment is a replica of the Honiton lace christening gown which Queen Victoria commissioned in 1841 for the baptism of her first child Princess Victoria.

It was worn by 62 royal babies during its 163 years in use.

Those who wore it included George V, Edward VIII, George VI and the Queen, along with Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry.

The Queen’s granddaughter, Lady Louise Windsor, became the last royal to wear the gown in 2004 before it was retired for conservation purposes.

The replica has now been worn by every single one of the Queen’s great-grandchildren.

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