Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Charles, his wife Camila (Duchess of Cornwall), Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and Princess Diana’s sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodal attended the baptism and posed for pictures with the royal couple and their baby boy.
However, one relative was missing from the picture: Thomas Markle, the 2-month-old’s maternal grandpa.
The Duchess of Sussex’s estranged father told the Mail on Sunday that he “would have enjoyed” to join his daughter and celebrate his grandson’s christening.
“I have been asked if I would have liked to have gone to Britain to see my new grandson being christened,” he explained to the newspaper. “I was an altar boy at age 12, a confirmed member of the Queen’s church at age 14, and Archie is my new grandson, of course I would have enjoyed being there for the blessing, wishing Archie and his parents’ health and happiness.”
This isn’t the first big life event the 74-year-old has missed. Royal watchers might recall that he didn’t attend the 2018 royal wedding and wasn’t present when the former Suits actress gave birth in early May.
Of Archie’s christening on Saturday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex issued a heartwarming statement about the special event.
“This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby,” the Instagram caption read. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son.”
The post continued, “They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment.”