Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are preparing the mark a very special occasion for their newborn son Archie Harrison, but unfortunately, there a special person will be missing at the celebration. There’s a new report that says Queen Elizabeth won’t be attending Archie Harrison’s christening next month and that’s because she has a prior engagement that has already been pencilled into her schedule.
According to Britain’s Express, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been breaking many royal rules and royal protocol, but if there’s one tradition that they are moving forward with, it’s christening their baby boy. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are looking to have Archie’s christening in the same place that they got married at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
And while there’s no doubt that many senior members of the royal family will be present, there will be one person who might not be there: Archie’s great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. This is because the Queen already has two key events in the first two weeks of July. She will host a garden party at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on July 3 and then she will also visit Cambridgeshire on July 9. Because Cambridgeshire is quite a distance away from Windsor Castle, there’s a strong possibility that the Queen might not make it on time.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that Queen Elizabeth has missed a christening for one of her great-grandchildren. Just last year the Queen was also forced to miss out on Prince Louis’ christening, too, because she had a prior engagement scheduled that same day.
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Now, as far as who will be at the christening, it looks as though Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles will also be front and center to help celebrate Archie’s milestone moment. Also, Prince William and Kate Middleton are expected to attend as well. Now, whether or not Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland will travel to London from Los Angeles for the christening remains to be seen.
With that said, it doesn’t appear as though Archie’s other grandparent, Thomas Markle Senior, will be at the christening. The Duchess of Sussex has not spoken to her father ever since he failed to show up at her royal wedding last year (and talked to the paparazzi about her, too).