Meghan Markle and Harry to christen Lilibet in US instead of UK, source claims

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not have their daughter Lilibet christened in the UK, according to royal sources.

There had been suggestions the couple would return to Britain to have their four-month-old baptised at Windsor Castle like their son Archie, two.

Lilibet Diana, affectionately known as Lili and who is named after the Queen and after Harry’s mum Diana, was born in a hospital in Santa Barbara, California in June.

But a palace insider told the Telegraph : “There will not be a christening in the UK. It is not happening.” 

Another source said it would be “highly unlikely”.

Instead, Lilibet is likely to be christened into the Episcopal Church of the US, a member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

If baptised in California, she would not automatically be considered a member of the Church of England, unless she came to Britain and joined a CofE congregation.

Anyone can say they are a member of the Church of England if they worship in a CofE church and are not a member of an incompatible religion.

A member of the Royal Family does not need to be baptised to remain in the line of succession.