Prince Henry and Meghan Markle continue to do things their own way and mark distances with the traditions of British royalty, as demonstrated again this Saturday at the baptism of their first son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Dukes of Sussex celebrated it at Windsor Castle, on the outskirts of London, in a private ceremony attended only by close family and friends, far from the focus of the media and citizens.
In contrast to the baptisms of the three sons of Guillermo and Catalina, Archie's, the seventh in the line of succession to the throne, was marked by the usual secrecy of Meghan, very jealous of her privacy and, from now on, the of his firstborn.
So little information has been provided by the parents, that the name of the sponsors is not even known, although it has transcended that "they are friends of the couple", but not public figures.
Meghan was spotted on Thursday at the Wimbledon tennis tournament with two college friends, Genevieve Hillis and Lindsay Roth, while bookmakers have also proposed stylist Jessica Mulroney as one of the possible godmothers.
On behalf of Enrique, the media speculates with two childhood friends as godparents, brothers Thomas and Charlie van Straubenzee.
The baptism, therefore, has been a low-profile event for the royalty standards of this country, which has not been present Archie's great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II of England, who already indicated that she has other commitments today. .
It is not something unprecedented in the monarch, since last year did not attend the baptism of his great-grandson Prince Louis.
So much secrecy has bothered a sector of the press, which have barely been offered a handful of details.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed, for example, that Archie brought a replica, made in 2008, of the cream-colored baptismal shawl worn for the first time by Queen Victoria's first-born daughter in 1841 and that, since then, has been used for all royal baptisms, including that of Isabel II, in 1926.
Also, the great-grandson of the monarch was baptized by the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, with water from the Jordan River on the "Lily Font" pile, a goldsmith's work made by jewelers EJ. and W. Barnard in 1840, also at the request of Queen Victoria, who represents "purity and new life" and which the royal family uses in these ceremonies.
Palace sources also pointed out that, among those attending, were Prince Charles and his wife Camilla; the Dukes of Cambridge; and Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland; as well as a small group of close friends to the dukes of Sussex, up to a total of about 25 people.
Archie's parents are scheduled to broadcast this Saturday some of the images of the ceremony taken by the photographer of the fashion world Chris Allerton, who already made the wedding report.
In recent weeks, the dukes of Sussex have been criticized for keeping the ceremony away from the media and the public, after publishing that they spent 2.4 million pounds (2.6 million euros) of public funds to restore Frogmore Cottage, what will be your new residence in Windsor.
Academician Chris Imafidon, a member of the Royal Historical Society, said Saturday that a real baptism should be a public event, although he said he understood why this case is different.
"It is fascinating that this is the first baby that can be a king or a potential US or African president, there is no other baby like this, he embodies different countries," he told the media at the gates of Windsor Castle.
By contrast, the real biographer, Penny Juror, has considered an "error" the decision of the couple to want to maintain the ceremony and baptism in private after spending millions of public money in the restoration of their new home.
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