Archie Harrison may only be eight days old but his charming sleeping face and unquestionably ecstatic parents have captured the hearts of the nation. We’re likely not to see little Archie until his christening now – but has his mum Meghan been baptised too?
Royal fans across the globe are desperate to get a glimpse of the new addition to the royal family. Royal experts and correspondents, however, believe the next time fans will be able to see a snap of the bouncing baby boy will be his christening, which could be two to three months away. Royal christenings are very traditional events with particular codes of conduct, behaviour and etiquette attached. And with that in mind, is new mum Meghan Markle religious and was she christened?
What is Meghan Markle’s history with religion?
Publicly, the Duchess of Sussex has never professed to any particular religion.
But, her father Thomas Markle Senior, is a member of the Episcopal Church of the United States and part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Her mother Doria Ragland is reportedly a member of the Protestant faith, according to the Daily Mail.
While it might appear there is little difference between the denominations, the Protestant faith in the second most popular form of Christianity, with 40 percent of Christians adhering to it.
Anglicanism is considered to have emerged as part of the centre ground between Catholicism and Protestantism.
Meghan attended a Roman Catholic school and was previously married to Trevor Engelson, a Jewish film producer.
This may be why photographs from Meghan’s wedding to Engelson in 2011 show the wedding party carrying out a ceremonial chair dance, which is traditional in Jewish nuptials.
According to People, Meghan is spiritual and has professed to having faith to help her through difficult periods.
Has Meghan Markle been christened?
In advance of her royal wedding on May 19 last year, Meghan Markle was baptised into the Church of England, which is the royal family’s official religion.
Queen Elizabeth II is the official head of the Church of England church and, therefore, it is tradition for all of her family members and baptised into this religion too.
Meghan Marklet was baptised in a private ceremony held in March 2018, just as Kate Middleton was in 2011.
Although it is not required that individuals marrying into the royal family take this step, it is seen as a sign of respect to the Queen to do so.
Meghan Markle christening: Meghan and Harry walking down the west steps of St George’s Chapel (Image: GETTY)
In the UK, it is required that those wishing to get married in a church have a connection to that specific church in some way, be it having been baptised their or having lived in the parish.
The baptism may be a way to give Meghan a link to St George’s Chapel, the 15th century venue in Windsor Castle’s grounds where she will marry and likely where her son Archie Harrison will be christened.
Religion is considered to be a very important part of the British monarchy.
King Henry VIII famously created the Church of England after he was barred from divorcing his first wife Catherine of Aragon for Anne Boleyn who he later had beheaded.
He then replaced the Pope, becoming the head of religion in the UK.
Written by: Kaisha Langton