Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are celebrating the christening of their daughter Princess Lilibet Diana.
PEOPLE completely confirms that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex held a christening for their 21-month-aged daughter final Friday in a exiguous and intimate ceremony at their dwelling in Montecito, California.
When reached by PEOPLE, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex acknowledged: “I will verify that Princess Lilibet Diana became christened on Friday, March 3 by the bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, the Rev John Taylor.”
In response to a offer, Meghan, 41, and Harry, 38, extended an invitation to King Charles, Queen Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton, however they weren’t in attendance.
After their grandfather grew to change into monarch following the loss of life of Queen Elizabeth final September, Archie, 3, and Lilibet had been afforded the titles of prince and princess below solutions role out by King George V in 1917. PEOPLE understands that the palace will replace their web dwelling to deem Archie and Lili’s titles, that are in the meantime listed as “Grasp Archie Mountbatten-Windsor” and “Poke away out Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.”
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“The kid’s titles had been a birthright since their grandfather grew to change into monarch,” a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex urged PEOPLE. “This matter has been settled for a whereas in alignment with Buckingham Palace.”
An insider tells PEOPLE there had been between 20-30 company at Friday’s intimate gathering, including Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, Lilibet’s godfather, Tyler Perry, and an unnamed godmother. Following the ceremony, attendees had been treated to an afternoon of meals and dancing — with Archie taking half in a dance with his minute sister!
Perry became noticed arriving in Montecito final week ahead of the christening. He flew in for the ceremony from his dwelling in Atlanta with a 10-person gospel choir that sang “Oh Gratified Day” and “This Runt Light of Mine” — a song that became conducted at Meghan and Harry’s marriage ceremony.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with their children, Princess Lilibet and Prince Archie.
In an outlandish interview with PEOPLE in January, Prince Harry spoke of his prefer for his children to maintain a meaningful relationship with the royal family.
“I’ve acknowledged sooner than that I’ve wished a family, no longer an institution—so needless to claim, I might well well love nothing higher than for our children to maintain relationships with members of my family, and they quit with some, which brings me mountainous pleasure,” Harry acknowledged.
Harry furthermore unfolded about his kid’s special search recommendation from with their mountainous-grandmother Queen Elizabeth sooner than her loss of life in his memoir, Spare.
“I might maybe now not quit picturing them with Granny. The final notice search recommendation from. Archie making deep, chivalrous bows, his child sister Lilibet cuddling the monarch’s shins. Sweetest children, Granny acknowledged, sounding bemused. She’d expected them to be reasonably extra . . . American, I focal point on? That means, in her solutions, extra rambunctious,” Harry wrote.
Prince Harry and Lilibet.
In December, Tyler Perry revealed that he is godfather to Lilibet, who became born on June 4, 2021, in Santa Barbara, California.
The filmmaker recalled in the ultimate episode of the Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan that the couple requested him to accept the feature in 2021 after Lili became born.
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Perry acknowledged Harry and Meghan “had been somewhat severe on the phone” after they called to position a matter to when in general their chats are extra lighthearted.
“I shuffle, ‘K, what’s occurring on?’ They acknowledged, ‘Successfully, we want for you to be Lili’s godfather.’ I shuffle, ‘Whoa,’ ” Perry, who provided his California dwelling to the couple after they left the U.Ok. in 2020, persevered. “I had to bring collectively a minute to bring collectively that in.”
“And I believed, ‘I’d be honored. I’d fully be honored,’ ” he added.