Royal family decline invitation to Lilibet’s christening

But Harry and Meghan's daughter is now officially a 'princess'...
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Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle have held a christening for their 21-month-old daughter Lilibet, a spokesperson for the couple have confirmed.

The religious ceremony was hosted last Friday, with it being kept secret from the media until today; the private ceremony being held in the couple’s home in Montecito.

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The christening was carried out by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the Reverend John Taylor with People magazine reporting that there were between 20 and 30 guests at the event, with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and Lilibet’s godfather Tyler Perry both in attendance.

It’s been said that none of the members of the royal family were in attendance.

But a detail in the statement released about the christening on behalf of Harry and Meghan has sparked interest.

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The royal family did not attend Lilibet’s christening. (Credit: Alexi Lubomirski)

“I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday, March 3 by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the Reverend John Taylor,” a spokesperson for the couple said.

The use of the word ‘Princess’ is the first time the couple have confirmed the expected title of their daughter.

When the Queen died it was reported that the Duchess of Sussex’s two children, Archie and Lilibet, became a prince and princess – but as King Charles III has the right to change that, it wasn’t confirmed if his two grandchildren held the title.

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Adding to the confusion was that both of the children are still listed without titles on the official royal website, where they’re named in the line of succession as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.

Now, Buckingham Palace have confirmed that it will update its website’s line of succession list.

Meghan said in an interview two years ago that the British royal family at the time refused to make her son Archie a prince.

This article originally appeared on our sister site, The Australian Women’s Weekly

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