2018 is racking up to be quite the busy year for the royal family—Kate Middleton is expecting her third child, and we have, not one, but two royal weddings to look forward to. While Prince George and Princess Charlotte are due to gain a new sibling shortly (as in some time next month), it presents the question of who will serve as godparents to the newest addition to the royal fam. Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry be bestowed with this honor and get to add royal godparents to their credentials? Or, will Pippa Middleton, Kate's sister, make the cut?
Surprisingly, Harry was not selected as godfather for his niece or nephew. Departing from tradition, Kate and William actually chose many of their close friends for this privilege, as opposed to family or fellow royals. And, when you're of royal heritage, it seems merely one godmother and godfather per child simply won't suffice.
Prince George boasts seven godparents—the Duke of Westminster, High Grosvenor; Zara Tindall, Queen Elizabeth's eldest granddaughter; Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the couple's secretary (where can we sign up for this job!?); a friend of the late Princess Diana, the Hon. Julia Samuel; the Duke's close pal William van Cutsem; Oliver Baker, who attended St. Andrews University with the couple; and Emilia Jardine-Paterson, one of Kate's cronies. Try rattling off all those names off five times, fast.
Similarly, Princess Charlotte has five, who also have maintained close ties to her parents—Kate's cousin, Adam Middleton; William's cousin, the Hon. Lauren Fellows; Kate's close friend Sophie Carter; and Thomas van Straubenzee and James Meade, both who are William's good friends.
As for the couple's third child, royal expert Marlene Koenig told Town and Country that Markle and Harry could assume godparent positions, but she deems it "unlikely," considering the soon-to-be-parents have frequently chosen friends or former classmates for the role. However, Princess Charlotte's long list of godparents does include a few relatives, meaning Kate and Will could potentially choose Harry or Pippa for baby number three. And it seems they would have their work cut out for them.
"Godparents are supposed to provide the spiritual guidance to their godchildren, at least for regular folk," Keonig told Town and Country. "But royal godparents have a different role, sometimes at a distance—sending a lovely present for their godchild’s birthday until adulthood—and a nice wedding present."
They say the third time's the charm, so maybe this is a sign that Harry will finally be chosen as a godfather for one of his brother's children. Plus, it would be perfect parenting practice, considering this royal is reportedly ready to start a family. Either way, we hope Kate Middleton's royal baby will make its grand debut at Harry and Markle's May wedding.