Harry and Meghan ‘acting like Hollywood A-listers in keeping baptism private’

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are employing the public relations strategy of "Hollywood A-listers" by keeping their son's christening private and excluding the press from the family event, a PR expert said.

Meghan and Harry's baby Archie will be baptised on Saturday without any elements of the Windsor Castle ceremony being seen by well-wishers, and details like the names of godparents will not be released.

Mark Borkowski, a public relations consultant, said this was a "declaration" by the couple "that they'll go to any lengths to protect their privacy" and part of a pattern setting out their future intentions.

There has been criticism of the decision not to reveal who will be Archie's godparents and speculation is rife Meghan's best friend, the Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney, will be chosen while Harry's old schoolmates, brothers Thomas and Charlie van Straubenzee, could be picked.

But tennis star Serena Williams ruled herself out on Thursday night after Meghan watched her play at Wimbledon, saying she will be working on Saturday.

Mr Borkowski said about Harry and Meghan's decision to keep the christening private: "This is what you'd expect a Hollywood A-lister to do, purposefully be sort of antagonist to the traditional system and not engaging with media in any shape or form.

"And this is certainly a declaration that they'll go to any lengths to protect their privacy and not engage with publicity."

He said any "insight" into their lives would be denied because "when there comes a moment when there is an issue, of maybe invasion of privacy, they have a very firm defence about their non-engagement with the media, in all shapes and forms, about their private life."

The PR expert added: "And something as gentle as announcing a godparent, they are down on it immediately."

However, it is understood to protect the privacy of the godparents, who are thought to be private individuals and not public figures, their names are not being released.

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Jul 4, 2019; London, United Kingdom; Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex in attendance for the Kaja Juvan (SLO) and Serena Williams (USA) match on day four at the All England Lawn and Croquet Club. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA
Jul 4, 2019; London, United Kingdom; Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex in attendance for the Kaja Juvan (SLO) and Serena Williams (USA) match on day four at the All England Lawn and Croquet Club. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA
Duchess of Sussex after watching Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex after watching Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex after watching Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex applauds after watching Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex shakes hands with a young spectator dressed in Star Spangled Banner attire on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex shakes hands with a young spectator dressed in Star Spangled Banner attire on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
A spectator takes a selfie as the Duchess of Sussex watches the Serena Williams match on court one during day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
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There is also the view that as Archie is seventh in line to the throne, and unlikely to be a full-time royal but have a career like the Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall, he should be afforded some privacy while growing up.

Normally under the Parochial Registers and Records Measure 1978 the names of godparents are publicly listed.

A spokesman for the Church of England said: "Under the Parochial Registers and Records Measure 1978 all baptisms must be registered and the record made is normally publicly available for searches and for the making of certified copies of entries.

"However the register to be used in this case is held privately by the royal household on behalf of the Crown and we understand that it has never complied with the usual requirement."

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will perform the baptism of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in front of the family and close friends of Harry and Meghan in the private chapel at the Queen's Berkshire home.

It is understood the Queen will not be attending the christening, as she has a prior engagement, but the other expected guests include the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan's mother Doria Ragland.

The Sussexes have once again turned to fashion photographer Chris Allerton, who took their wedding photographs, to capture the moment on Saturday.

Some of Mr Allerton's pictures will be released following the ceremony.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex walk away with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, following a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 08: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex travel down The Mall in a horse drawn carriage during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England. The annual ceremony involving over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, although the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 08: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (ring detail) travels down The Mall in a horse drawn carriage during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England. The annual ceremony involving over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, although the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The birth certificate of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who was born at the Portland Hospital in London.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk to members of the media about their newborn nephew as they arrive to launch the King's Cup Regatta trophy at the Cutty Sark, London.
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wave to wellwishers as they leave after attending the launch of the King's Cup Regatta, at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, south east London on May 7, 2019. - The event is set to take place on August 9, 2019, on the Isle of Wight, and is set to see The Duke and Duchess go head to head as skippers of individual sailing boats, in an eight boat regatta race. Each boat taking part will represent one of eight charities and the winning team will be awarded the historic trophy The King's Cup. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Crowds watch the changing of the guard at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, following the announcement of the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
Super fan Terry Hutt, 84 (centre), is presented with a birthday cake by members of the media for a tv stunt in Windsor, Berkshire, following the announcement of the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Political artist and painter Kaya Mar outside Windsor Castle on May 7, 2019 in Windsor, United Kingdom. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a baby boy yesterday weighing 7lbs 3oz at 05:26 BST. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 07: A well-wisher outside Windsor Castle on May 7, 2019 in Windsor, United Kingdom. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a baby boy yesterday weighing 7lbs 3oz at 05:26 BST. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Royal fans celebrate outside Windsor Castle in Berkshire after Buckingham Palace announced the news of the birth of a baby boy born to Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex, Monday May 6, 2019. It is the first child for Harry and Meghan, who married a year ago. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
Changing of the guard at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, following the announcement of the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
A man dressed in a costume makes an announcement outside Windsor Castle that Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A man dressed in a costume makes an announcement outside Windsor Castle that Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Britain's Prince Harry smiles as he speaks to the media after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a baby boy, at Windsor Castle, Berkshire county, Britain May 6, 2019. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Harry walks up to the awaiting media after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a baby boy, at Windsor Castle, Berkshire county, Britain May 6, 2019. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS
People celebrate outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People gather outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People gather outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People celebrate outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People celebrate outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People celebrate the birth of the baby of Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People celebrate the birth of the baby of Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Well wishers gather outside the gates of Buckingham Palace in London, Monday May 6, 2019, after Prince Harry announced that his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to a boy. (AP Photo/Vudi Xhymshiti)
The Duke of Sussex public house in Waterloo, London on the day the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a baby boy.
Footmen Stephen Kelly and Sarah Thompson bring out the easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in London, Monday, May 6, 2019. (Yui Mok/Pool Photo via AP)
Footmen Stephen Kelly and Sarah Thompson bring out the easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
A notice placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
People gather outside Buckingham Palace to take pictures on their mobile phones of the notice placed on an easel in the palace's forecourt in London to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
People gather outside Buckingham Palace to take pictures on their mobile phones of the notice placed on an easel in the palace's forecourt in London to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The BT Tower in London displays a message in celebration of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new baby boy.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
File photo dated 08/05/19 of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. It was confirmed that the Duchess gave birth to Archie at the private Portland Hospital in Westminster, according to her son's birth certificate.
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