Sussexes will return to UK in Autumn – for Lilibets christening, claims expert

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will return to the UK later this year – so that newborn daughter Lilibet can wear the royal christening gown while she's christened, an expert has said.

Prince Harry Prince Harry returned to the UK last week for the unveiling of a statue of Princess Diana in the gardens of Kensington Palace last month.

And he is set to return to the UK for another engagement in memory of his mum, with speculation beginning to grow that wife Meghan Markle and their two children Archie and Lilibet will join him.

The Autumn gathering will bring together family, friends and charity leaders to celebrate the life of Diana and the charitable work she carried out.

Gertrude Daly, who runs the Gerts Royal Replies website, told the Daily Star she expects Meghan and Harry will christen Lilibet in England because of the Queen's role as head of Church of England – meaning she'll have to have it done while she is a baby in order to fit into the royal christening gown.

She said: "I fully expect Lilibet will be christened in the UK at some point. One of the requirements of the line of succession is that you must be a Protestant. And to become Monarch you must be specifically 'in communion with the Church of England'.

"The Succession rules don’t lay out exactly what that means. There is nothing saying you need to be baptized, or confirmed by a certain age. As long as you aren’t baptized or confirmed into another religion, you probably would be able to keep your place.

"But, given the Queen’s role as head of Church of England, I would expect the Sussexes to christen Lilibet in England. It could happen this autumn. Or they could put it off till another trip to the UK. There is no deadline. Princess Eugenie wasn’t christened until she was nine months old.

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"But if they want Lilibet to wear the Royal Christening gown it would likely have to be during their autumn trip."

Harry and his brother Prince William unveiled a statue of their mum on July 1, which would have been Diana's 60th birthday.

It was the first time Harry and Prince William were seen together since the funeral of their grandfather, Prince Philip.

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After the ceremony the brothers issued a rare joint statement, saying: "Today, on what would have been our mother's 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character – qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better.

"Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen for ever as a symbol of her life and her legacy."

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