The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter Princess Lilibet Diana has been christened in California, a spokesperson for the couple said.
The 21-month-old became a princess when her grandfather, King Charles, acceded to the throne last year. This is the first time Lili has been publicly referred to as a princess.
A spokesperson said: “I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday, March 3, by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the Rev John Taylor.”
Bishop Taylor is a former newspaper reporter who was chief of staff for former US president Richard Nixon.
The christening took place privately at the Sussexes’ home, but it has not been confirmed whether the King, William or any other royals received an invitation.
According to People magazine, there were 20 to 30 people present at the christening, including Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and Lili’s godfather Tyler Perry.
It is understood the couple’s children’s titles will be used in formal settings, but not in everyday conversational use.
Title rules set out by King George V in 1917 mean Archie and Lili, as the children of a son of a sovereign, automatically became a prince and a princess when Charles became King.
Lilibet is the late Queen’s family nickname, which was first used when then-Princess Elizabeth was a toddler and unable to pronounce her own name properly.
The toddler also has the middle name Diana, which was chosen in memory of her late grandmother.
It comes after reports claimed that Harry and Meghan were in “email correspondence” with the King over whether they will attend the coronation on May 6, which falls on Archie’s birthday.
The duke, who stepped down as a senior working royal in 2020, criticised his father’s parenting in his controversial autobiography Spare, which was released in January.
He also accused his brother of physically attacking him and claimed the Queen Consort sacrificed him on her own personal PR altar.
In a six-part tell-all Netflix documentary series, the couple also claimed Kensington Palace lied to protect William when it issued a statement denying a story he had bullied Harry out of the royal family.
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