Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Daughter, Lilibet, Christened in Los Angeles
The first picture of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's daughter Lilibet that was released, Dec 23, 2021. Photo: Alexi Lubomirski/Duke and Duchess of Sussex via Eyepress/Reuters
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had their daughter Princess Lilibet christened in an intimate ceremony at their home.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex held a christening for their 21-month-old baby girl on Friday at their estate in Montecito, California.
In a statement to People magazine, a spokesperson for the couple said: “I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday, March 3 by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the Rev. John Taylor.”
A source told the outlet that Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, did extend an invite to members of his family — King Charles, Camilla, Queen Consort, Prince William and Princess Catherine — but they did not attend.
According to the report, there were between 20 and 30 guests at the gathering, including Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, and Lilibet’s godfather Tyler Perry, as well as an unnamed godmother.
Tyler was seen arriving in Montecito last week before the ceremony, flying in with a 10-person gospel choir.
They sang “Oh Happy Day” and “This Little Light of Mine”, with the latter also being played at the couple’s wedding.
Tyler previously opened up about the moment Harry and Meghan sounded “pretty serious on the phone” when they called him to ask if he’d take on the special role.
He recalled: “I go, ‘Okay, what’s going on?’ They said, ‘Well, we’d like for you to be Lili’s godfather.’ I go, ‘Whoa.’
“I had to take a minute to take that in. And I thought, ‘I’d be honoured. I’d absolutely be honoured.’ ”
Earlier this year, Harry opened up on his desire for his and Meghan’s children — Lilibet and three-year-old son Archie — to have a meaningful relationship with the royal family.
He explained: “I’ve said before that I’ve wanted a family, not an institution — so of course, I would love nothing more than for our children to have relationships with members of my family, and they do with some, which brings me great joy.”