March 21, 2023

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The royal family forgoes Lilibet’s christening, despite the invitation

The religious secret wasn’t enough to bring the royal family to the United States.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had their daughter Princess Lilibet last Friday and extended invitations to the royal family – who failed to attend, I mentioned people.

An insider told the publication on Wednesday that there were between 20 and 30 guests at the intimate gathering, including Markle’s mother Doria Ragland, Lilibet’s godfather Tyler Perry, and an unnamed godmother.

However, King Charles III, Queen Camilla, Prince William, and Kate Middleton were not among the group who attended the 21-month-old’s reception.

King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton
King Charles III, Queen Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton skipped the festivities despite receiving an invitation from Harry and Markle.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
It is unclear if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend Charles’ coronation in May.
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“I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday, March 3, by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the Rev. John Taylor,” a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed to Page Six in a statement.

Perry, 53, who let Harry and Markle stay at his home when they first arrived in America in early 2020, was seen arriving in Montecito, California, last week ahead of the event.

He is said to have flown in from Atlanta with a 10-person gospel choir, which sang “Oh Happy Day” and “This Little Light of Mine” – the latter of which was played at Harry and Markle’s wedding in May 2018.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle holding their two children.
The couple also shares a son, Archie.
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Although Harry, 38, and Markle, 41, exited the royal family in January 2020, both Lilibet and her 3-year-old brother, Archie, were given royal titles after Queen Elizabeth II’s death last September under rules set by him. King George V.

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Invitations seem to be being sent across the pond both ways, as Harry and Markle recently received “correspondence” regarding Charles’ coronation in May.

A spokesperson for the company said earlier this week: “We will not be disclosing an immediate decision on whether the Duke and Duchess will attend at this time.”