Harry and Meghan confirm Princess Lilibet Diana has been christened in LA

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    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have confirmed their daughter was christened "Princess Lilibet Diana" at a ceremony in the US on Friday (March 3) led by the Archbishop of LA.

    The one-year-old is understood to have been christened at the couple's home in Montecito, California, in front of around 20 to 30 people, supposedly including Meghan's mum Doria Ragland, Lilibet's godfather Tyler Perry, and a godmother who has not been named.

    A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said: "I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday, March 3 by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the Rev John Taylor."

    But members of the royal family were notably absent from the celebration after they reportedly snubbed the event.

    A source told PEOPLE magazine the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had invited King Charles, Queen Consort Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton, but none of them made the journey to see their young relative christened.

    According to the magazine, those in attendance to the intimate ceremony enjoyed food and dancing during the afternoon's celebrations and Lilibet was seen dancing with her brother Archie, three.

    Godfather Tyler Perry is also said to have flown in a 10-person gospel choir from Atlanta to perform songs such as 'Oh happy Day' and 'This Little Light of Mine', also performed at the Duke and Duchess' 2018 wedding, at the event.

    This is the first time Lilibet has been referred to as a princess after her mum and dad stepped down as working royals in 2020.

    The youngster became eligible to be a princess after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, when her grandad became King, but Buckingham Palace never confirmed whether the official title would ever be applied to her.

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    After the Queen died there was debate over whether she and Archie would be referred to as Prince and Princess now their parents have distanced themselves from the Firm.

    It is believed her princess title, and Archie's prince title, will be used in formal settings only and not in everyday conversation.

    Harry and Meghan reportedly don't want to deny their kids their royal birthright but want to give them the choice to decide whether or not to keep using the titles in adulthood or whether to drop them altogether.

    Harry and Meghan themselves have faced calls to ditch their own titles after dishing the dirt on the royal family in tell-all interviews over the years.

    The Duke of Sussex has retained his title despite calling his exit from the firm a "great weight off my shoulders" in a recent interview with physician Gabor Maté.

    Speaking to the Daily Star last week, royal expert Kinsey Schofield said: "It's interesting that Harry and Meghan continue to utilize their royal titles despite Harry complaining that royalty was a weight on his shoulders.

    "If royalty was such a burden he should stop advertising his association with the use of the Duke and Duchess titles."

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