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We still don’t know if he’s ginger-haired like his father, but royal-watchers were treated to a peek at six-week-old Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on Sunday, as Prince Harry celebrated his first Father’s Day with a sweet father-son picture posted to the Sussex Royal Instagram account.
The post was a rare share by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex; the royal couple has taken specific measures to safeguard their privacy, reportedly personally curating many of the shares from their social media accounts after an uptick in online harassment caused Buckingham Palace to enforce new social media rules.
But no doubt we’ll be seeing more of Archie in months to come; the Sunday Times reports the newest royal’s christening will take place in early July at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where the duke and duchess were married last spring. Godparents have yet to be announced, but there is speculation that they may reflect the mixed Anglo-American heritage of Queen Elizabeth’s eighth great-grandchild—close friends Serena Williams and George Clooney have even been mentioned as longshots.
Following tradition, Archie will wear a replica of the 178-year-old lace christening gown worn by Prince Harry at his own baptism (the original commissioned by Queen Victoria, and too fragile to remain in use). Like the rest of the British royal family, Archie will be baptized into the Anglican faith; Meghan, a former Protestant, was baptized and confirmed prior to her 2018 wedding, and has been said to be “extremely faithful,” and to have “a very close relationship with God” (h/t the Sunday Times).
Notably, the queen will be unable to attend Archie’s baptism, due to prior commitments (she also missed Prince Louis’s christening last year). However, Elle reports she has already extended an invite to the Sussex family to celebrate Meghan’s 38th birthday at her beloved Balmoral Estate in Scotland in August.