Here’s Why Prince Harry Reportedly Wanted Princess Diana’s Family Included In Christening Photo

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle surprised royal watchers in an Instagram post where they featured photos of their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor’s, baptism by including two members of the late Princess Diana’s family in the small group of 25 family and friends invited to attend the private event.

People Magazine reported that a royal source close to the family commented, “Harry is close to Diana’s family. In the same way that it was important for [Harry and Meghan] to include both Doria’s and Diana’s family in the official Buckingham Palace birth announcement, it meant a lot to them to share a photo of their full family.”

Lady Sarah McCorquodale, 64, and Lady Jane Fellowes, 62, are the late princess’ only sisters. Their brother, the 9th Earl of Spencer, was not featured in the photo. It is unknown if he attended his nephew’s christening event, as details of who attended and whom the godparents are to baby Archie have thus far been kept under wraps.

People Magazine also reported that a friend of the family said the inclusion of Diana’s sisters in the photo is a gentle way to remind the public that their mother will always be remembered, and that her family will always be their family.

Since their mother’s death in a car crash in Paris in August, 1997, both Prince Harry and Prince William have found ways to incorporate her memory into their life’s milestone events.

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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 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. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal

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For his engagement, Prince William gifted Kate Middleton with his mother’s iconic sapphire and diamond engagement ring from his father, Prince Charles. Vanity Fair reported that William and Kate paid a visit to Diana’s burial site just before their 2011 nuptials so William could show his soon-to-be-wife the ancestral home where his mother lived as a child. William and Kate also chose the hymn “Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer” — the final selection sung at Diana’s funeral, reported Vanity Fair. Kate wore her late mother-in-law’s pearl earrings at Archie’s christening in the official photo released by Markle and Prince Harry on their Instagram page.

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Happy one year anniversary to Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! Today marks the one year anniversary of the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th, 2018. The selected song “This Little Light of Mine” was chosen by the couple for their recessional. We hope you enjoy reliving this moment, and seeing some behind the scenes photos from this special day. A message from The Duke & Duchess: Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world. Each of you made this day even more meaningful. Photo credit: Chris Allerton/Joe Short (B&W); PA (color) ©️SussexRoyal (B&W images and video)

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Markle paid homage to Princess Diana at her wedding with the inclusion of white garden roses, the primary flower that was in Princess Diana’s wedding bouquet when she married Prince Charles in 1981. The former Suits star also carried a bouquet of forget-me-nots when she married Prince Harry, Diana’s favorite flower. Markle was gifted Princess Diana’s aquamarine ring as her traditional “something blue” for her wedding reception; it was seen on her hand as she and Prince Harry exited Kensington Palace for their intimate family wedding reception.

The 22nd anniversary of Princess Diana’s untimely death occurs on August 31.