Is Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s christening being held on Independence Day?

In case you guys have noticed this already, I’ll confirm it: this summer has started out to be rather boring, gossip-wise. We don’t have any massive divorces or breakups, and no one important is doing anything particularly scandalous at the moment. Maybe it’s just about the upcoming Independence Day holiday – the Fourth of July is a week from Thursday. Maybe it’s about the combination of the Women’s World Cup and Wimbledon, which starts this coming Monday. I don’t know. But it’s quiet. As for the confluence of Wimbledon and the Fourth of July, there’s a theory going around that the Duchess of Sussex may choose Independence Day as the date for Private Archie’s christening.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry introduced their baby son to the world at the beginning of last month after Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6. The date of Archie’s christening is yet to be revealed by one royal expert has speculated it could fall on Independence Day in the US, on July 4. Speaking on the Today Show, Camilla Tominey, a royal expert also questioned who could be invited to the ceremony.

She said: “Well speculation is mounting is that it is going to be July 4, which, of course, would be wonderful to celebrate Independence Day in America as well as baby Archie’s big day in Windsor. We have seen now the baby’s feet, half of the baby’s face, so we can hope within the next week we might see the full baby in all his glory.”

The Today Show host, Deborah Knight, stepped in saying: “Of course, the date would, not only, be a nod to Meghan’s heritage, but also allow some of her American friends to attend being a holiday in the US.”

The royal expert replied: “Well exactly. Serena Williams is already going to be here because it is Wimbledon fortnight which falls in the middle of all that. Whether that will make it difficult for her to attend or not remains to be seen, but she is meant to be in the country. Equally there is the idea that other American friends may well be flying over, rumours that Jessica Mulroney, Misha Nunu, the stylist friends, both of whom had a role in the wedding being there are rife. So, we will have to wait and see until that guest list is given out and we get official confirmation of who is actually going. But, that is the current rumour doing the royal rounds.”

[From The Daily Express]

If we’re trying to figure out the christening schedule based on what the Cambridges did for their kids, well… Charlotte’s christening was done on a weekend at Windsor Castle. Prince Louis was christened in London last July on a weekday. I feel like… I would completely understand if Meghan chose the Fourth (and I would find it hilarious as an American), but I also think she and Harry will want to make it into a nice weekend for their friends at Frogmore/Windsor Castle. So maybe the fifth or sixth of July. We already know the Queen will not attend the christening, and I can guarantee that William and Kate will not be godparents (aunts and uncles are rarely chosen). Also: I doubt Serena will be a godmother. But Serena may attend the christening, you never know. It depends on the Wimbledon schedule (and whether she loses early).

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  1. Eliza says:

    That explains why the Queen can’t attend. It’s Holyrood Week and all the events have well been scheduled in advance.

  2. Sarphati says:

    It’s nice to envision a christening that has room for royal protocol AND Meghan’s American roots! It would be great timing for all.

    • AryasMum says:

      Although it is a little humorous that Meghan’s roots, in this case, involve the United States finally freeing itself from the yoke of England.

      • Blue Orange says:

        That’s exactly what I was thinking. There are so many ways that it could be interpreted.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      “It would be a great time for all”

      …..Sarphati naively said.

      Let’s wait until it’s official and then the Daily Mail and Inbred Seward can advice us on all the dozens of reasons why this was the absolute, most disastrous possible choice in the history of the Royal Family.

      • minx says:

        Maybe it will be a great time for all. Probably, in fact.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        Pls ignore my sour, badly expressed comment. Of course it’ll be a great time for all (except to the DM and Ingrid). 😉

    • Eliza says:

      I think it’s hysterical. The first part-American in line for thrown will be baptized under the Church of England, on the day The Colonies were freed of taxation without representation of the crown, and separated church and state.

      Although you could twist it to be sad, as we watch fireworks to celebrate freedom, Master Archie will be baptized thereby signing up for a lifetime of service to the crown.

      • Blue Orange says:

        You’re right that whichever way you look at it, it’s not good but he’s not signing up to a life of service to the crown. As people are forever pointing out, he’s unlikely to ever be a working royal. You make it sound like British people are born into slavery, although I’m sure that’s not how you meant it.

        4th July would be a silly day for the christening though. It could be viewed as a slight upon the country that Meghan chose to live in and who’s taxes now fund her lifestyle or it could be seen as a step backwards because, as you said, Americans could feel they have a claim to him and he’s joining the Church of England.

      • Eliza says:

        Archie’s will become an HRH Prince with Charles as King. Charles slimmed down monarchy will include both sons and their families. Duty and service is why the Queen and her cousins are still working into their 80s and 90s (Kents, Gloucesters) for the crown. Its a gilded cage, but a cage nonetheless.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The slim down plain is main line only, no more extended relatives. For Charles that means Charles, Camilla, William, Kate, Harry, Meghan, and phasing out all the Queen’s cousins and all of Charles’s siblings. For William that means William, Kate, Harry, Meghan, all three of W&K’s kids. Harry and Meghan’s children will not be working royals.

      • Mego says:

        William and Harry are the only grandchildren who are working royals. Margaret’s children never were so it makes sense that Harry and Meghan’s children won’t be either.

      • Blue Orange says:

        @Eliza, that’s just speculation. Anne & Edward are children of the current monarch and their children are not HRH’s.

      • sid says:

        Blue Orange, Anne’s children aren’t in the male line of the monarch so they were never going to be HRH unless the Queen granted it. Only her sons’ children were entitled to that. Edward and Sophie specifically asked that their kids be styled as Lady and Lord instead of HRH Princess and Prince. I suspect that legally they are still entitled to that.

      • olive says:

        @Eliza he will be entitled to use HRH prince archie when charles is king, but he will not automatically become HRH prince archie because his parents may not want it for him. if it were automatic, louise & james would also be HRH prince/ss, but their parents chose not to use those titles for them, they are styled using lower ranking ones even though they are perfectly entitled to call themselves prince/ss.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I think Charles and Camilla are in Wales 1st to 5th July, so after that I expect.

    • Eliza says:

      Camilla is in Kent on the 5th, and has nothing else in July but their online schedule is so hopelessly behind.

  4. Sarphati says:

    @Bella Du Pont
    My actual statement was it would be “great timing for all”. No guarantee on the quality of the entertainment. Or my naïvete. Kind of bitchy I thought.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      Oops! Excuse the tone of my comment, the bitchiness wasn’t directed at you at all, more at the DM and Inbred Seward. 😉

  5. Toot says:

    I hope M & H keep it as private as possible, not ever letting us know who the God parents are or who attended, and release a photo of just the family members who were part of it. F the tabs/press.

    • Loretta says:

      Me too.

    • Lisa says:

      The media will be furious if they do that. They were ridiculous when their desire to not have a photoshoot directly after birth was announced. I can only imagine how much more insane if they kept the christening private.

    • Blue Orange says:

      That’s just asking for trouble.

    • Harla says:

      That’s all the Cambridge’s do, they never release a photo of the godparents.

  6. Sierra says:

    Cricket World Cup is happening in UK right now and that could also explain why the gossip world is quiet.

  7. minx says:

    Hope we can see some good pictures of the little guy.

  8. kerwood says:

    It would have been nice if they’d chosen Juneteenth, to ram Archie’s African-American heritage down the racists’ throats.

    Just like that beautiful picture of Archie with his grandmother and great-grandparents, I hope the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do something to honour the fact that Archie comes from noble blood on BOTH sides.

  9. HMC says:

    I read on Twitter (I know, super reliably source, lol) that the Markles are involved in some sort or reality “reunion” show to film in England, possibly to try and force some sort of confrontation. If Archie’s christening is early enough and unannounced enough so they can’t organize a “reunion” on the church steps, even better.

    • minx says:

      If that is true…ugh. Those trashy moochers need to go away forever.

    • Lisa says:

      Then they wonder why Meghan will not have anything to do with them.

    • olive says:

      it’s been nice having those trashy people not discussed on this site for a while. i don’t understand why people keep coming here and bringing up whatever dumb stunts the markles are up to now. just let them fade into obscurity.

  10. Tourmaline says:

    Why did Camilla Tominey (one of the royal order of sour useless royal reporters) say we’ve only seen half the baby’s face? You could see his whole face on the day they introduced him to the press. Yeah he had a hat on but still. I hate this narrative that Meghan and Harry need to be dragged for how often they’ve showed off their newborn in public.

    • Harla says:

      do you have a link to the full face shot you’re referring to? I just looked again and could only see his profile and then of course the half-face photo for Father’s Day. But I completely agree about how horrible the press have been treating H&M’s decision on how to best introduce their son. While I want to see new photos of Archie on a daily basis, I respect their decision and will cry softly to myself 🙂

  11. tuille says:

    Lucky Archie has no cuticles. It’ll be easy to keep his nails well-groomed, forever.

  12. notasugarhere says:

    Charlotte was christened at Sandringham not Windsor.