The Royal Family Missing Princess Lilibet's Christening Wasn't a "Snub," Royal Historian Claims

Their agendas are... a whole thing.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, Kate Middleton
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's daughter Lilibet (that's Princess Lilibet to you) was christened in Los Angeles last Friday. Though senior members of the Royal Family were invited to the event, they did not end up attending.

People (it's me, I'm people) have been quick to wonder whether this was a deliberate choice on the royals' part to show the Sussexes that they don't approve of their recent choices. However, for royal historian Mok O'Keeffe (AKA @gayaristo), the explanation is probably much simpler than that.

"I think that people may read a lot into the fact that the Royal Family missed the christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter, Lilibet, last week," O'Keeffe tells Marie Claire.

"Royal diaries are planned over a year in advance so they can fulfill official functions and support the immense amount of charities they visit each year. And then there is the small matter of planning for the coronation."

Because of this, O'Keeffe doesn't think the King, Queen consort and Wales couple were trying to be mean.

"I doubt this is in any way a snub—just a case of diary clashes," O'Keeffe says.

"As we saw from the Netflix documentary, the Sussexes are great friends with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and it would appear that they did not attend the christening. We know the Sussexes value their privacy, and this is reflected in the way they have chosen to christen their daughter."

Still, King Charles did reportedly decide to evict Prince Harry and Meghan Markle the day after Harry's memoir Spare was published, so it doesn't sound like they're on the terms most conducive to attending each other's important life events, either. The coronation should be interesting!

Iris Goldsztajn
Morning Editor

Iris Goldsztajn is a London-based journalist, editor and author. She is the morning editor at Marie Claire, and her work has appeared in the likes of British Vogue, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29 and SELF. Iris writes about everything from celebrity news and relationship advice to the pitfalls of diet culture and the joys of exercise. She has many opinions on Harry Styles, and can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.