Meghan and Harry to snub tradition as Lilibet’s godparents ‘American’ – ‘Could be Oprah’

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Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, welcomed their new baby Lilibet Diana to the world last Friday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California weighing in at 7lb 11oz. As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex settle into their new life as a family of four, speculation has grown over who will be asked to serve as Lili’s godparents. NBC royals commentator and journalist Daisy McAndrew has said the decision will show a further departure from the Sussexes life as senior royals.

Speaking to the Today Show, Ms McAndrew said: “Lots of rumours about who the godparents are going to be and I can tell you that it won’t be William.

“That’s because the royals don’t do siblings as godparents.

“But I think when you look back at who they chose for Archie, these were the old nanny, the old father figure – very British people.

“I suspect this time around they’ll be full of Americans and I think that will be yet another departure from their old life to their new life.”

NBC broadcaster Savannah Guthrie added: “Maybe Oprah?”

Ms McAndrew continued: “Could be!”

Archie Harrison’s godparents are godmother is Tiggy Pettifer, a former nanny, while Mark Dyer and Charlie van Straubenzee are godfathers.

It comes as the Prince of Wales has described the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter as “happy news” as he highlighted the importance of leaving a sustainable legacy for future generations.

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Charles commented on becoming a grandfather for the fifth time following the birth of Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor during a visit to a production plant for the Mini at Cowley near Oxford.

The heir to the throne also joked about the vehicle, paraphrasing the words of Sir Michael Caine’s character from the 1960s movie The Italian Job.

Charles, who drives an Aston Martin sports car converted to run on surplus wine, said at least he had not “blown the bloody doors off” an electric version of the Mini when he took if for a brief test drive.

During his visit to the plant, Prince Charles met staff on the production line as he marked 20 years of modern Mini production.


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After he drove a new green-coloured electric Mini off the production line he gave a speech to assembled workers and apprentices.

The prince said: “The development of technology like electric vehicles, or green hydrogen for that matter for heavy transport, is vital for maintaining the health of our world for future generations, something I’m only too aware of today having recently become a grandfather for the fifth time.

“And such happy news really does remind one of the necessity of continued innovation in this area, especially around sustainable battery technology, in view of the legacy we bequeath to our grandchildren.”

Charles had driven the Mini slowly off the production at just a few miles an hour and turned left after about 20 metres before stopping.

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