Harry and Markle choose California for Lilibets christening, expert claims

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to have Lilibet Diana's christening in California, according to royal sources.

The Sussexes welcomed Lilibet, their second child, on June 4 this year, and ever since there has been heated discussion over where the christening would take place.

Previously, it has been reported that Harry and Meghan were desperate to have her christened at Windsor Castle, following in the footsteps of her older brother Archie, and in front of the Queen who she was named after.

The Queen still hasn't met Lilibet.

Last month, a royal source said: "Harry told people that they want to have Lili christened at Windsor, just like her brother. They are happy to wait until circumstances allow."

Yet, royal commentators thought that silence over the christening suggested that it would happen in the US.

Again last month, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told the Express: "It must be likely that she will be christened in California though there were rumours of a possible christening at Windsor.

"Harry and Meghan’s relations with the British press went badly downhill when Archie was christened in private and the names of the godparents were not released."

Now, a source from inside Buckingham Palace has said that a UK ceremony is off the cards, with the four-month-old likely to be christened at the Episcopal Church of the US.

They told The Telegraph: "There will not be a christening in the UK. It is not happening."

Another source added that it was "highly unlikely".

The Episcopal Church of the US is headed by Bishop Michael Curry who delivered a sermon at Harry and Meghan's wedding in 2018.

The significance of a US ceremony is that Lilibet would not automatically join the Church of England, although she could do at a later date if she made the trip across the pond.

Meghan did similarly in 2018 when she was confirmed into the Church of England by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, as did Kate Middleton who wasn't confirmed until after her marriage to Prince William.

Archie was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2019, in a secretive ceremony at Windsor Castle's St George's Chapel, although the Queen couldn't attend due to prior commitments.

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