Did Prince Harry’s need for “privacy” create a rift with William?
The rift between Prince William, future king, and Prince Harry, now sixth to the throne, shows no sign of repair. Neither have opened up publicly to the underlying causes, but now royal biographer Andrew Morton author of Diana, her true story, and Meghan: a Hollywood princess, suggested a possible aggravating factor.
According to Morton, Prince William was baffled by Harry and Meghan’s refusal to name the godparents who would be appointed to guide their son, Archie, now two years old.
The private christening took place on July 6, 2019 in a private ceremony held at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, and the couple maintained a wall of silence over who their chosen godparents would be.
Godparents are usually close friends or family of the parents, responsible for supporting and helping to bring up the child, and in Christian tradition, helping to mentor the child spiritually.
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The royal family worship in the Church of England, where traditionally girls have two godmothers and one godfather while boys have two godfathers and one godmother.
However, when Archie was baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury, no name was initially provided.
While for many modern families the idea of godparents may be outdated, for members of the royal family it is still a very big deal – godparents are trusted confidants who can be relied on. to stay loyal, never embarrass the firm, and that will certainly always be there as the royal baby grows up.
William and Kate chose several godfathers and godmothers for Prince George, making the names immediately public on royal chains as was tradition.
They included Oliver Baker who went to college with the couple, Emilia Jardine-Paterson a school friend of Kate’s, Hugh Grosvenor, son of the Duke of Westminster, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, their private secretary, Julia Samuel, a friend. close to Princess Diana, Harry’s cousin Zara Tindall, and William van Cutsem, William’s oldest friend.
According to Andrew Morton, Harry and Meghan’s decision to keep the names private was “another issue” that “puzzled William”.
“He, like others in the family, felt that those chosen to guide and advise a future prince royal, seventh in line to the throne, should be identified,”
The couple “thought otherwise” however, he said, as “the godparents were true friends, not celebrities or public figures, and joined the royal couple preferring privacy.”
Several days after the baptism, the puzzling silence had become such a hot topic of debate that the names were finally revealed.
The godparents were Prince Harry’s childhood nanny, Tiggy Pettifer (formerly Tiggy Legge-Bourke, who is said to have fallen out with his mother, Princess Diana), his old friend Charlie van Straubenzee and Mark Dyer, the former assistant of Prince Charles.
The 25 guests included William and Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, and Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale.
The Queen had a previous engagement and did not attend.
Now the christening of Archie’s sister, baby Lilibet, born in June, will be imminent – but for now Harry and Meghan have not clarified whether she will also be baptized in Windsor, with the aim of reuniting the warring family, or Santa Barbara, who is now their home.
It looks like the row won’t heal just yet, however. Despite Harry’s high-profile visit in July to unveil a statue of Diana alongside William, the brothers remain freezing cold.
After the interview with Oprah in March, William broke protocol to tell reporters ‘we are not a racist family’, following claims by Harry and Meghan that a senior royal had ‘questioned’ the color of Archie’s skin.
Despite a cool exchange of birthday greetings on their official Instagram accounts since, it seems very little has changed between the brothers, or their wives.
In Oprah’s infamous interview, Meghan opened up about the ‘argument’ with Kate over the bridesmaids’ tights, insisting she cried and sent flowers. Royal insiders, however, claimed it was Kate who was upset.
Although recent speculation has suggested that the Sussexes may travel to the UK for Lilibet’s christening, the baby has not been seen in public since birth, and it appears the couples’ desire to control their public image and their appearances are stronger than ever.
According to NBC royal correspondent Neil Sean as quoted in L’Express, it was William who blocked the British baptismal plan.
“Harry and Meghan were both very keen to make this comeback and make sure the christening takes place, especially in front of Her Majesty The Queen,” Sean said, “But it came to a screeching halt.
“There was one person who basically decided there was no appetite for it and the person who until now seems unwilling to kiss and come to terms with his younger brother…
“Prince William was the one who basically said ‘no we don’t think this is going to work’, according to a very good source, it wasn’t a very good idea.”
The royal rift is brewing – and as to who will be Lilibet’s godparents, it’s a safe bet that right now it won’t be William and Kate.
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