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Lilibet’s christening may be chance to ‘draw line under feud’, claims expert

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's only daughter Lilibet's christening may be a chance for the royal family to 'draw a line' over the reported feud.

In July, a source claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanted to travel back to the UK to give Lilibet baptised at Windsor – just like her older brother Archie Harrison.

Despite this, earlier this month sources were reported dismissing any chance of the christening taking place in Harry's homeland, reports the Express.

One palace insider told the Telegraph: "There will not be a christening in the UK. It is not happening."

And a source told the publication it was "highly unlikely".

But a spokeswoman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said at the time plans for the christening were still being finalised and that claims to the contrary were "mere speculation".

This answer still left the door open to a possible trip by the Sussexes to the UK to hold the christening at the presence of the Queen.

And royal biographer Andrew Morton believes this move would be "highly appropriate".

Asked whether he deemed it possible for the christening to take place at Windsor, the author said: "Yes, of course, it would be great, I am sure it is something they would both want because they both have a lot of respect for the Queen.

"That comes shining through in their interviews.

"I think it would be highly appropriate for the christening to take place at Windsor Castle, where the Queen resides, with the Queen present and watching on."

He added: "This christening would be a chance to draw a line under the recent issues, criticism and confrontation and to move forward."

Meghan and Harry's firstborn Archie was christened at Windsor in July 2019, two months after his birth.

Abiding by royal tradition, the little Sussex was wrapped up in a white silk gown featuring an intricate lace overlay.

This Victorian gown remained in use for 163 years and was used for the christening of 62 babies – including Prince Harry and the Queen.

Its less fragile replica has so far been adopted by a number of royal children, including future king Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

If Lili's christening had to take place in the US, she would unlikely be able to use the gown or be surrounded by her royal relatives.

On the other hand, a journey across the pond for the ceremony could mark the first-ever in-person meeting between Lili and her namesake.

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