Meghan Markle's father upset over not being invited for grandson Archie's christening: 'I would have enjoyed being there for the blessing'
Meghan Markle's estranged father Thomas Markle has many times expressed his desire to be a part of his grandson Archie's life. While he was not invited for the christening ceremony for the little one that took place on July 7, he wished 'health and happiness' for his grandson.
The 74-year-old has never met his son-in-law and was not present at Meghan's wedding either last year. The Duchess of Sussex's mother Doria Ragland was present at Windsor Castle where the christening ceremony took place. She was one of the very few guests to have been invited to the ceremony. According to Daily Mail, Thomas explained that he would have loved to be a part of the ceremony because he was a member of the Anglican Church since childhood, which he called the 'Queen's Church'.
The retired Hollywood lighting director said from Mexico, "I have been asked if I would have liked to have gone to Britain to see my new grandson being christened. I was an altar boy at age 12, a confirmed member of the Queen's church at age 14, and Archie is my new grandson, so of course, I would have enjoyed being there for the blessing, wishing Archie and his parent's health and happiness."
Meanwhile, the official Instagram of the Sussex Royal family shared pictures from the christening ceremony with as statement, "This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment.
Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie."
The statement also added, "Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue."