Archie makes official royal debut today after private christening

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry’s baby son made his royal debut today following his private christening.

The two-month-old bagged his first mention in the official diary of royal engagements – the Court Circular.

It recorded Archie’s christening at Windsor Castle on Saturday, but didn’t include the names of his godparents.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision not to reveal the names have already sparked uproar among royal fans.

But the Court Circular entry, listed under the household headline “Kensington Palace”, also left the names out.

The entry, published on Monday, read: “The Baptism of the Infant Son of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took place at 11.00 a.m. this morning in the Private Chapel, Windsor Castle.

“The Archbishop of Canterbury baptised the Baby who received the names Archie Harrison.”

Although the godparents have not been named, they are believed to include Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, who were among the attendees at the christening.

Harry’s best friend Charlie van Straubenzee and his former nanny Tiggy Pettifer are also reported to be among the chosen ones.

Archie’s birth on May 6 was not recorded in the Court Circular, unlike the arrivals of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Prince William and Kate Middleton also included full lists of the godparents of their children when they were baptised.

At Archie’s christening the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby used water from the River Jordan out of the silver Lily Font, in accordance with royal tradition.

The baby wore the royal christening robe – a handmade replica of the 19th century fine Honiton lace and white satin gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter.

The Court Circular was established by King George III in around 1803 in order to provide the general public with daily updates on the engagements of the British royal family.

Frustrated at the inaccurate reporting of royal events in national newspapers, George III created the role of a “Court Newsman” whose job was to supply daily newspapers with accurate information on royal movements – this became known as the Court Circular.