Harry and Meghan announced Lilibet's christening on International Women's Day
According to People magazine and the couple's representative, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrated the christening of their daughter, Lilibet Diana, on Friday.
On International Women’s Day, it was confirmed that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday, March 3 by the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, the Rev. John Taylor, according to a Sussexes spokesperson. People magazine, which had the exclusive on the ceremony, reported that it was a small gathering of “20-30 people” at the Sussexes’ home in Montecito.
Despite having invited King Charles, Queen Camilla, Prince William, and Princess Kate, the senior members of the royal family did not attend the christening. In addition to Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, Lilibet’s godfather, comedian and filmmaker Tyler Perry, and an unidentified godmother, People reported.
In the December 2022 episode of the Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan, Perry revealed Lilibet's godfather as her godfather. 81.55 million viewing hours were recorded in the first four days after the release of the six-episode show, which was produced by the couple and broke the streaming platform's record for the most watched documentary debut.
As soon as Harry and Meghan decided to step back from the royal family in January 2020 (and lose their taxpayer-funded security detail), Perry came to the rescue. During their search for a home in the United States, he provided them with use of his home and security team, and sent his private jet to take them to Los Angeles.
After Lilibet was born on June 4, 2021, Harry and Meghan asked the media mogul to be Lilibet's godfather.
On the final episode of Harry & Meghan, Perry said, "They were pretty serious over the phone." "I go, OK, what's going on?" and they say, "We'd like you to be Lili's godfather." I had to take a moment to comprehend that. It would be a privilege.
Lilibet's older brother, Archie, was christened at Windsor Castle on July 6, 2019. While the Sussexes released photos to mark the event, they did not reveal the names of Archie's godparents.
In attendance were Harry's aunts, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, the sisters of Princess Diana, according to Marie Claire.
Following his mother's tragic death in 1997, Harry has maintained close relationships with his mother's siblings, and Jane even read the Song of Solomon at his wedding to Meghan.
During Wednesday's statement, the Sussex spokesperson referred to one of Harry and Meghan's children as a prince or princess for the first time, after months of speculation about whether Archie and Lilibet would use the titles, to which they became eligible upon the death of Queen Elizabeth II, according to a royal decree known as a letters patent.
Royal watchers were quick to take note when the Sussexes addressed their daughter as 'Princess Lilibet' for the first time. Obtaining titles as grandchildren of King Charles III is the norm. These changes are now evident on the royal family's website - with Prince Archie Harrison of Sussex and Princess Lilibet Diana of Sussex in the line of succession.
They were previously known as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.