Criticism over the pair’s decision to keep baby Archie out of the spotlight has been mounting for months. And recent revelations — that British taxpayers footed a £2.4 million (about $3 million) bill for home renovation, and plans to keep his christening private — have done little to silence critics. The media is excluded from the event and pictures taken by their personal photographer, Chris Allerton, will be released after the service.
It’s worth noting that royal baptisms have traditionally been private affairs. However in recent years, cameras have been allowed to capture the arrivals of the family and their guests. That was certainly the case for all three Cambridge children — George, Charlotte and Louis — although they are higher in the line of succession.
This Saturday, Harry and Meghan have arranged a completely private ceremony for Archie led by the Archbishop of Canterbury at a chapel inside Windsor Castle.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall along with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the christening ceremony, Buckingham Palace announced. The palace won’t officially confirm who else is attending, though a royal source told CNN that fewer than 25 family and friends were invited.