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Harry and Meghan share an adorable picture of baby Archie holding on to his dad's finger to celebrate the prince's first Father's Day - as it emerges he is set to be christened at St George's in Windsor next month

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 6/16/2019 Joel Adams For Mailonline
a man and a woman posing for a picture: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, two days after his birth. The infant will be two months old when he is christened next month © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, two days after his birth. The infant will be two months old when he is christened next month

Prince Harry and Meghan have posted an adorable photograph of Archie in a touching tribute on Father's day.

In the black and white image shared on the Sussex Royal Instagram account, one-month-old Archie can be seen cutely clutching the Duke of Sussex's finger - which also features his wedding band. 

Alongside the snap, which has so far been liked 451,483, the caption reads: 'Happy Father’s Day! And wishing a very special first Father’s Day to The Duke of Sussex © SussexRoyal.' 

It comes after it was announced that Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is to be christened in Windsor next month in the chapel where his parents were married.

Wearing a replica of the vintage lace gown in which his father was christened, young Archie will be welcomed into his faith in St George's Chapel in Windsor, where Harry was baptised in 1984. 

a hand holding a baby: Prince Harry and Meghan have posted an adorable photograph of Archie in a touching tribute on Father's day (pictured)

Prince Harry and Meghan have posted an adorable photograph of Archie in a touching tribute on Father's day (pictured)
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And after a traditional  christening ... a birthday in a castle

The Duchess of Sussex will enjoy a rare royal treat later this summer when she and her infant son enjoy a holiday to Her Majesty’s favourite retreat: Balmoral.

Meghan will mark her 38th birthday on August 4 with the trip, on which she will be joined by her husband and son. 

It is understood the trio will be given their own wing of the sprawling property and join the Queen for tea.

Invites to Balmoral are key indicators of social status. Prince William and Kate have previously stayed but this is Meghan’s first invite. 

It will be the first glimpse the public gets of the young royal since his toes appeared in an Instagram post on May 12, to celebrate Mothers' Day in the USA.

Despite Harry and Meghan's obvious willingness to deviate from royal orthodoxy in their social media style, the christening looks set to be a traditional affair. 

The Queen's eighth great-grandchild, born on May 6, will be two months old when water sourced from the River Jordan is poured from the lily font in the chapel over his forehead.

The ceremonies are likely to be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, the Reverend David Conner, the Sunday Times reported,  as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Meghan is believed to have struck up a close relationship with the primate since he baptised and confirmed her into the Anglican faith two months before her wedding.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are expected to lead the royal party at what will be a relatively intimate event.

Archie's uncle and aunt, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expected to attend but Her Majesty the Queen will be absent, on other duties.

She attended the christenings of Prince George and Princess Charlotte but missed the baptism of Prince Louis last year.

The day's young star will wear a replica of the Honiton lace gown Queen Victoria commissioned for the baptism of her first child.

The gown, first worn in 1841, has been worn by 62 royal babies including Harry and his older brother William, but the Queen deemed it too fragile for continued use so a replica has been created - and most recently modelled by Prince Louis at his christening.

Prince William holding his son Prince George at George's christening in St James' Palace in 2013. George is wearing the gown Archie will be wearing - a replica of a 1841 Victorian original

Prince William holding his son Prince George at George's christening in St James' Palace in 2013. George is wearing the gown Archie will be wearing - a replica of a 1841 Victorian original
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Royal christenings are usually private affairs, with invitations extending only to close family and friends, and chosen godparents. 

It is not yet known who will be the child's godfather and godmother. Longstanding friends of the royal couple - the Prince's former equerry Mark Dyer and the Duchesses' close friend Jessica Mulroney - are likely candidates.

The chance that some member of Hollywood royalty - perhaps Amal Clooney, who attended the baby shower - is cast as godmother or father is considered much less likely.    

The gothic chapel is where the Prince and Princess of Wales had three-month-old Prince Harry christened four days before Christmas in 1984.

Baby Harry was said to have dozed and behaved impeccably during the private ceremony, but became tearful during the reception until he was comforted by his great-grandmother the Queen Mother.

Boisterous toddler Prince William, who was only two-and-a-half, charged around, running between the guests as they chatted in the castle afterwards, before taking centre stage in the official photos.

The chapel is just half a mile away from the Sussex's home in Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of the Windsor Estate, and will also serve as a poignant reminder of their wedding day.

The duke and American former actress Meghan staged a glittering royal wedding in St George’s on May 19 last year. 

The royal household did not comment.

Who's in line to be Archie's royal godparent? 

ON MEGHAN'S SIDE

THE BFF: Jessica Mulroney

Widely thought of as Meghan's BFF - and unofficial stylist - Jessica Mulroney is a clear front-runner, although her US location means she'd be a godparent from afar.

The American stylist, a mother-of-three married to Canadian TV host Ben Mulroney, is so close to the Duchess that her four-year-old daughter, Ivy, was a flower girl at the royal wedding.

Her seven-year-old brothers John and Brian had the honour of being page boys.

The 39-year-old, who divides her time between Toronto and New York, where she works for Good Morning America as a fashion contributor, even has photos of the royal wedding in her home, with the stylish black-and-white snaps revealed in a video she posted last year.

Jessica Mulroney et al. standing in a room: Among those closest to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who could be named godparents of their first child, is Meghan's best friend and unofficial stylist Jessica Mulroney (pictured) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Among those closest to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who could be named godparents of their first child, is Meghan's best friend and unofficial stylist Jessica Mulroney (pictured)

THE STYLIST FRIEND: Misha Nonoo 

Despite being predominately based in New York, fashion designer Misha has maintained a close friendship with the Duchess.

She was the creative mind behind the t-shirt the Duchess of Sussex wore for her first public outing with the Prince at the Invictus Games in Toronto in September 2017, and was at one point thought to be the matchmaker behind their royal romance.

The pair also go way back; prior to joining the royal family Meghan enjoyed regular holidays with Misha and her best male friend Markus Anderson.

Misha Nonoo et al. posing for the camera: Misha Nonoo (pictured on holiday with Benita Litt and Meghan) has maintained her close friendship with Meghan since she married Prince Harry, despite being predominately based in New York © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Misha Nonoo (pictured on holiday with Benita Litt and Meghan) has maintained her close friendship with Meghan since she married Prince Harry, despite being predominately based in New York

THE MOTHER OF MEGHAN'S GODCHILDREN: Benita Litt

If Meghan decides a reciprocal godparenting arrangement might be best, then she may well look to the mother of her own godchildren.

Benita Litt, mother to Remi and Rylan Litt, was spotted close to Meghan's mother Doria at the royal wedding with the pair clearly delighted to be representing the Duchess's side of the family.

A former entertainment lawyer, high-flying Benita has previously been on holiday with the royal - and if you needed any further proof of their solid friendship, the pair also spent Christmas 2016 together.

a couple of people that are standing in front of a store: Benita Litt (pictured left at the Royal wedding with Meghan's mother Doria) is the mother of Meghan's godchildren Remi and Rylan Litt © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Benita Litt (pictured left at the Royal wedding with Meghan's mother Doria) is the mother of Meghan's godchildren Remi and Rylan Litt

THE UNIVERSITY PAL: Lindsay Roth

Keeper of some of the Duchess' oldest secrets, Lindsay Roth is a fellow alumni from Northwestern University in Illinois, where the pair bonded in an English literature class studying Toni Morrison's works.

Now a successful TV producer and author, Lindsay has already bestowed a role on Meghan, choosing her to serve as her maid of honour at her wedding in 2016.

a woman wearing a hat and smiling at the camera: Lindsay Roth (pictured with Meghan) is one of her oldest friends and a fellow alumni from Meghan's time spent studying literature at Northwestern © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Lindsay Roth (pictured with Meghan) is one of her oldest friends and a fellow alumni from Meghan's time spent studying literature at Northwestern

THE FAMOUS FRIEND: Serena Williams

Tennis icon Serena Williams has remained close friends with Meghan since the pair first met in 2010 at the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida.

Meghan previously wrote about their friendship on her lifestyle blog, The Tig, saying the pair had found an instant affection.

'We hit it off immediately,' she said. ‘Taking pictures, laughing through the flag football game we were both playing in, and chatting not about tennis or acting, but about all the good old fashioned girly stuff.’

The sportswoman, 37, was one of the pals involved in organising her baby shower in New York - and admitted that she'd pulled out all the stops to make it perfect for her pal.

She told Business of Fashion: 'Planning something like that takes a lot of effort. I’m a perfectionist, so I’m like, “Let’s make it perfect”.‘

Serena was a guest at St George's Chapel Windsor when Meghan married Prince Harry last May, and was one of the close friends invited to their more 'intimate' evening do for 200 friends.

a group of people posing for the camera: Serena (pictured with Meghan backstage at a fashion debut) was one of the Duchess's close friends involved in the process of organising her New York baby shower © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Serena (pictured with Meghan backstage at a fashion debut) was one of the Duchess's close friends involved in the process of organising her New York baby shower

AMAL CLOONEY

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, 41, and her husband George, 57, were in attendance at Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding.

The mother of twins, who developed a friendship with the duchess during her transition to London, are connected through celebrity hair stylist Miguel Perez.

According to Elle, Meghan has been relying on Amal's advice for coping with being in the public eye.

Amal and her husband are part of the well-heeled set of Berkshire-based celebrities who live close to Harry and Meghan's new home at Frogmore Cottage.

Their sprawling home is just a 30-minute drive from Windsor and the couples are said to socialise regularly.

Harry and Meghan also spent a few days with the Clooneys at their 18th century Villa Oleandra in Lake Como in August 2018, relaxing by the pool and playing basketball.

Amal Clooney, George Clooney standing in front of a flower: Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, 41, seen with George in March, attended Harry and Meghan's wedding. Amal was also in attendance of the Duchess's New York baby shower © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, 41, seen with George in March, attended Harry and Meghan's wedding. Amal was also in attendance of the Duchess's New York baby shower

THE MUTUAL FRIEND: Violet von Westenholz 

Violet von Westenholz, 33, is the daughter of former Olympic skier Baron Piers von Westenholz, who is a close personal friend of Harry's father, the Prince of Wales.

She was also a childhood friend of Harry's and met with Meghan while working as a press relations director for Ralph Lauren.

She was seen chatting with Meghan at Wimbeldon just days before her blind date with Prince Harry in July 2016, prompting speculation that she had set the couple up.

However, it's since been revealed that the royal matchmaker was designer Misha Nonoo.

a group of people standing next to a woman: Chums: Violet met Meghan through her PR job at Ralph Lauren (pictured at The Polo Ralph Lauren VIP Suite at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Chums: Violet met Meghan through her PR job at Ralph Lauren (pictured at The Polo Ralph Lauren VIP Suite at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships)

THE LA CONFIDANTE: Heather Dorak

Meghan's close friend Heather Dorak was not at her baby shower - presumably because she had given birth to her own child only days earlier.

The duchess developed a close friendship with Heather during the time she spent attending her Pilates classes when she was an actress in LA.

Meghan has often gushed about being inspired by Heather who was a guest at her wedding to Harry.

Meghan's close friend Heather Dorak (pictured) developed a close friendship with the duchess during the time she spent attending her Pilates classes as an actress in LA © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Meghan's close friend Heather Dorak (pictured) developed a close friendship with the duchess during the time she spent attending her Pilates classes as an actress in LA

On Harry's side

THE SECOND FATHER: Mark Dyer

Mark Dyer has been noted as a 'second father' to Prince Harry throughout his upbringing and a mentor alongside the royal's former nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke.

Cheltenham ­College educated Dyer, known as Marko to friends, became a steadying big brother figure to the princes in the mid-Nineties when he worked as an equerry to the Prince of Wales for 18 months.

Prince Charles appointed Dyer to keep an eye on his sons, and he was brought in as a male counterpart to former royal nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke.

During the first half term after Diana's death, when the boys would have been with their mother, Prince Charles was committed to a five day visit to Africa.

He took Harry along and while the Prince carried out engagements, Harry went off on safari in Botswana, organised by Mark.

From then on he was a key guiding figure as Harry and William tried to come to terms with the loss of their mother.

After his spell as an employee to the Prince ended he remained a mentor to Harry.

In 2009 Mark founded the management company MDM Bars and Pubs and runs two pubs The Sand’s End and The Brown Cow, in south-west London which both became haunts of Prince Harry.

Mark's six-year-old son Jasper, who is Prince Harry's godson, was chosen as a page boy for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding.

Prince Harry et al. that are talking to each other: Mark Dyer (pictured with Harry) has been described as a 'second father' to Prince Harry following his mother Princess Diana's death © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mark Dyer (pictured with Harry) has been described as a 'second father' to Prince Harry following his mother Princess Diana's death

THE FAMILY MEMBER: Mike and Zara Tindall

Harry has shared a close bond with his cousin Zara Tindall since childhood.

Back when Zara had a tongue piercing and Harry was known for his wild nights out, the pair were known as the 'fun' royal rebels.

However, their friendship has endured now they are both settled down and in their 30s.

Indeed, it's Harry who is said to be responsible for Zara's happy marriage to Mike Tindall after introducing the pair at Manly Wharf Hotel in Sydney in 2003, during the Rugby World Cup.

Zara and Mike chose Prince Harry to be godfather to their second daughter, Lena, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended her christening in March at St Nicholas Church in Cherington, Gloucestershire.

Prince Harry, Mike Tindall posing for the camera: Harry is godfather to Lena Tindall, the younger daughter of his cousin Zara and Mike Tindall (pictured at the Copper Box) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Harry is godfather to Lena Tindall, the younger daughter of his cousin Zara and Mike Tindall (pictured at the Copper Box)

THE FATHER OF HARRY'S GODCHILD: Jake Warren

Jake Warren and his wife Zoe attended the couple's wedding, and their daughter Zalie - who is one of Prince Harry's godchildren - was chosen to be a flower girl.

The godson of Princess Diana, Jake grew up alongside Prince Harry and has often been spotted with him at events including Ascot.

The Warren family are closely connected to the royals through horse-racing. Jake's father John Warren is the Queen's racing manager.

The father-and-son team run Highclere Stud in Newbury together.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Jake Warren and his wife Zoe had their daughter Zali, who is one of Prince Harry's godchildren, attended their wedding (Harry and Jake pictured together at Royal Ascot in 2014) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jake Warren and his wife Zoe had their daughter Zali, who is one of Prince Harry's godchildren, attended their wedding (Harry and Jake pictured together at Royal Ascot in 2014)

THE CLOSE MATE: Nicholas Van Cutsem

Major Nicholas van Cutsem, a major with the Household Cavalry's Life Guards, has been a friend of Harry and William's since childhood.

He had an important role in the 2011 wedding when he escorted William and Kate along the procession route in London in a 1902 State Landau after their wedding at Westminster Abbey.

The Duke of Sussex chose three-year-old Florence, the daughter of Nicholas and his wife Alice Van Cutsem, as a flower girl for his wedding to Meghan.

Prince Harry, who has known Nicholas and Alice for several years, is Florence's godfather.

Nicholas van Cutsem et al. posing for the camera: The Duke of Sussex chose three-year-old Florence, the daughter of Nicholas and Alice Van Cutsem (pictured in 2009), as a flower girl for his wedding to Meghan © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Duke of Sussex chose three-year-old Florence, the daughter of Nicholas and Alice Van Cutsem (pictured in 2009), as a flower girl for his wedding to Meghan

THE BELOVED FORMER NANNY: Tiggy Pettifer

Tiggy Pettifer - better known as Tiggy Legge-Bourke - was famously Harry and William's long-term nanny in their formative years.

A constant by the princes' side while they were growing up, Tiggy has remained close to both the royals over the years, and met Meghan before they married.

The Duke of Sussex is godfather to Tiggy's son Tom Pettifer, who was pictured with Tiggy at the royal wedding.

a person wearing a suit and tie: The Duke of Sussex is godfather to his former nanny's son Tom Pettifer (pictured with Tiggy). His mother Tiggy Pettifer who was a personal assistant to Prince Harry throughout his childhood © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Duke of Sussex is godfather to his former nanny's son Tom Pettifer (pictured with Tiggy). His mother Tiggy Pettifer who was a personal assistant to Prince Harry throughout his childhood

THE PREP SCHOOL FRIEND: Charlie Van Straubenzee

Charlie Van Straubenzee became a close friend to Prince Harry and Prince William during their time at Ludgrove Prep School in Berkshire, and was chosen to be an usher at Harry's wedding.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended Charlie's wedding in Surrey just months after their own ceremony.

The Windsors and van Straubenzees have known each other since they were at Prep school together and are close friends.

Charlie's older brother Thomas is Princess Charlotte’s godfather.

Harry has visited the family home in Cornwall almost every summer since he was a child.

a person wearing a wedding dress: Charlie Van Straubenzee (pictured with his wife Daisy) became a close friend of Prince Harry and Prince William during their time at Ludgrove Prep School in Berkshire © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Charlie Van Straubenzee (pictured with his wife Daisy) became a close friend of Prince Harry and Prince William during their time at Ludgrove Prep School in Berkshire

THE SPEECH WRITER: Tom Inskip

Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip and sister Victoria — ‘Tor’ to her friends — have known Princes William and Harry since childhood. The Inskips were regulars at Club H, the ‘nightclub’ William and Harry set up in the basement of Highgrove.

Tom attended Eton with Harry and co-owns a race horse with him called Usain Colt.

He later became known for being by Harry's side whenever he got into scrapes, such as his infamous trip to Las Vegas in 2012, when the prince was photographed naked during a game of 'strip billiards'.

But he's been leading a more settled life since marrying flame-haired literary agent the Hon Lara Hughes-Young in Jamaica in 2017.

Harry and Meghan flew to Jamaica to attend Tom's wedding, where the Prince was an usher.

Tom was a guest at the royal wedding in May 2018, and reportedly helped Prince William write a speech.

a couple of people that are talking to each other: Serena (pictured with Meghan backstage at a fashion debut) was one of the Duchess's close friends involved in the process of organising her New York baby shower © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Serena (pictured with Meghan backstage at a fashion debut) was one of the Duchess's close friends involved in the process of organising her New York baby shower
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