Meghan and Harry will not invite royals to Lilibet christening, claims source

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to have a "super small" christening for their daughter Lilibet in the US – without the royal family, it has been reported.

The Sussexes have welcomed their second child together, announcing the arrival of Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor at the start of June.

Prince Harry returned to the UK in July for the unveiling of a statue of Princess Diana in the gardens of Kensington Palace, with New Idea magazine reporting that during his time in the country, the Duke of Sussex asked the Queen to be allowed to return to the US with the royal christening gown for his newborn daughter.

But a disappointed Harry reportedly returned home without the prized family heirloom.

A royal insider told the publication: "The Queen loans it to royal babies being christened in England.

"There was no way she would let such a priceless item be whisked off to America with Harry – or post it there!"

The report adds that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are likely to only invite a small number of "celebrity friends", as well as Meghan's mum.

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"Meghan wants the ceremony to be super small, and will only include a handful of celebrity friends, along with her mum, Doria," the source adds.

Gertrude Daly, who runs the Gerts Royal Replies website, previously told the Daily Star she expects Meghan and Harry will christen Lilibet in England in order to use the royal christening gown.

She said: "I fully expect Lilibet will be christened in the UK at some point.

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"One of the requirements of the line of succession is that you must be a Protestant. And to become Monarch you must be specifically 'in communion with the Church of England'.

"The Succession rules don’t lay out exactly what that means. There is nothing saying you need to be baptized, or confirmed by a certain age. As long as you aren’t baptized or confirmed into another religion, you probably would be able to keep your place.

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"But, given the Queen’s role as head of Church of England, I would expect the Sussexes to christen Lilibet in England. It could happen this autumn. Or they could put it off till another trip to the UK. There is no deadline. Princess Eugenie wasn’t christened until she was nine months old.

"But if they want Lilibet to wear the Royal Christening gown it would likely have to be during their autumn trip."

Daily Star has contacted Meghan and Harry's Archewell representative for comment.

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