We Finally Know Who Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Chose to Be Archie's Godparents
The news came to light amidst the couple's move to Canada.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor may be eight months old, but the public is only now learning who was tapped to serve as his godparents. In keeping with royal tradition, these figures are typically announced around the date of the child's christening. However, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle—known to buck royal tradition—kept the names of their son's own private at the time of Archie's christening in July.
Now, we finally have the answer. According to The Times UK, Prince Harry and his brother William's former nanny, Tiggy Pettifer, is one of Archie's godparents. The outlet also reported that Mark Dyer, a former officer of honor to Prince Charles, was also chosen. "They were both constants in Harry's childhood and beyond," a source revealed to E! News. "They are fascinating choices of figures in Harry's life that he will hope may keep Archie rooted somehow in the UK, as they relocate to North America." Pettifer and Dyer are joined by Harry's childhood friend Charlie van Straubenzee who has also been confirmed as a godfather to Archie.
This news comes during a season of transition as the little one, along with his parents, moves to Canada, following Harry and Meghan's remarkable decision to step back as senior members of the royal family. In a statement from Her Majesty the Queen, Harry's grandmother said, "I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family."
As part of this new agreement, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer be referred to as Their Royal Highnesses—instead they will be known as Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. The royal couple will also repay the taxpayer dollars that were used to renovate their Frogmore Cottage residence.