Prince Harry and Meghan are unlikely to christen their daughter in the UK, according to reports.
Lilibet, who was born in June, could instead be baptised into the Episcopal Church of the US in California, where the family now live.
It would mean she wouldn’t follow in the footsteps of brother Archie, now two, who was christened in Windsor before his parents’ decision to quit their roles as senior royals.
She would also not automatically be a member of the Church of England but could come to Britain and opt to join later in her life.
Speaking to the Telegraph, a palace insider said: ‘There will not be a christening in the UK. It is not happening’, while another source suggested it was ‘highly unlikely’.
Representatives for the couple have insisted plans for the christening have not been finalised and to suggest otherwise is ‘speculation.’
Archie was christened in July 2019 by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a private ceremony, attended only by close family and friends – but not the Queen, who had a prior engagement.
The couple used the event to signal their intention to do things differently as, contrary to tradition, they didn’t release the names of the godparents and the press and public were excluded.
After leaving England in early 2020, Harry and Meghan are yet to return as a family and the royals have not been able to meet Lili in person.
On Sunday, it was confirmed the couple have no plans to attend a party being held in Kensington Palace in honour of Harry’s mother Diana.
It had been rumoured they would join guests including Sir Elton John and Prince William to say thank you to those who contributed to the project to build a new statue for Diana.
Travel restrictions between the UK and US are set to be eased in November but the couple have not yet announced any plans to visit.
Any reunion is likely to be a somewhat awkward affair ahead of Harry’s new book being released next year.
The family is braced for more revelations about Harry’s time as a senior royal, following on from his interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year.
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