Prince Louis’ Godparents Aren’t Who You’d Expect
Prince Louis, the youngest member of the British Royal family, was christened at the Chapel Royal (where his older brother Prince George was christened as well) on Monday.
Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, announced the little prince’s godparents at the chapel — and no, they are not Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
According to Kensington Palace, the couple named several of their closest friends along with a few distant relatives as the prince’s godparents including Mr. Nicholas van Cutsem, Mr. Guy Pelly, Mr. Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, The Lady Laura Meade, Mrs. Robert Carter, and Miss Lucy Middleton.
Those names may not sound familiar to the public, but they are notable people in the royal family’s lives.
As People reported, van Custem has been a friend of William and Harry’s since they were small children. His brother, Nicholas van Custem, is also one of Prince George’s godparents as well. And perhaps most importantly, Van Custem’s daughter Grace was a bridesmaid at William and Kate’s 2011 wedding, where she was famously photographed holding her ears pouting atop the Buckingham Palace balcony.
Pelly is another lifelong friend of William and Harry’s, TIME reported. His mother, Lady Carolyn Herbert, was also close friends with their mother, the late Princess Diana.
Aubrey-Fletcher is yet another longtime friend of William’s, according to People. The two attended Eton together, and he was an usher at William and Kate’s 2011 wedding.
Meade is the wife of James Meade, who is not only another Eton friend of William’s, but is also the godfather to Princess Charlotte, according to the Daily Mail. And as TIME noted, Mrs. Meade is also a cousin of Prince William’s stepmother, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, though several times removed.
Carter is an old friend of Kate’s and attended Marlborough College alongside her, according to Time. The pair also allegedly played on several of the college’s sports teams together.
And finally, Middleton, is, as you’d expect, is a cousin of Kate’s. The pair are reportedly very close and even spent their gap year together in Florence, according to the Daily Mail.
After these six people become Louis’ godparents, William and Kate will honor them all at a tea at Clarence House, according to a statement by Kensington Palace. There, the couple will honor their guests by serving a slice of of christening cake, which, Kensington noted, “is a tier taken from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake.”