Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle have held a christening for their 23-month-old daughter Lilibet, a spokesperson for the couple has confirmed.
The ceremony took place on March 3, 2023; although the news wasn’t made public until a week later. The private ceremony was held at the couple’s home in Montecito.
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.
“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 confirmed the expected title of their daughter.
When the Queen died in September 2022, it was reported that the Duke and 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.
In the months after the Queen’s passing, the children were listed without titles on the official royal website which only added to the confusion. However, their official royal titles were updated in the days following the announcement of Lilibet’s christening.
Archie has been listed sixth in-line after his father, the Duke of Sussex, as Prince Archie of Sussex. Meanwhile Lilibet is seventh in line and her title is Princess Lilibet of Sussex.
Meghan said in an interview two years ago that the British royal family at the time refused to make her son Archie a prince.