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A secret no more? A royal source reveals the identity of one of Archie's godparents

Despite the Duke and Duchess of Sussex opting to not disclose who their son’s godparents are, that hasn’t stopped others from dishing the details.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in an intimate, private ceremony on Saturday, the exact day he turned two months old, and with only 25 guests in attendance, details surrounding the event have been kept to the minimum, including who had been chosen as Archie's godparents.
Yet despite the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wishes to keep details surrounding Archie's godparents private – as announced in a statement by Buckingham Palace the week of the occasion – it's taken less than a week for one loose-lipped royal source to reportedly reveal who one of the godparents are.
While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have stated they will not be sharing the details of Archie's godparents, that apparently hasn't stopped others from talking. (Image: Chris Allerton/@SussexRoyal)
Talking to The Times, a royal source reportedly revealed that one of the godparents is Charlie van Straubenzee, a childhood friend of the Prince Harry's.
If true, the choice makes complete sense – not only did Charlie act as an usher at Harry and Meghan's wedding last year, the royal couple also attended Charlie's wedding to Daisy Jenks in Surrey last year, with Harry acting as best man!
In fact Prince William is also good friends with Charlie's older brother Thomas, who is a godfather to Princess Charlotte, so for Charlie to be Archie's would be incredibly fitting.
Charlie and his beautiful bride Daisy on their wedding day last year, which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended. (Image: Getty)
While the royal couple themselves haven't confirmed any of the godparents, the lead up to Archie's christening sparked speculation that some A-listers could be in the mix considering Meghan's close friendships with the likes of Amal and George Clooney and tennis pro Serena Williams.
And last week Meghan's surprise appearance at the Wimbledon tennis Championships had more tongues wagging, when she turned up with two of her college friends, Lindsay Roth and Genevieve Hillis, who were said to be attending the baptism two days later – again fuelling speculation they were up for the roles of godparents.
While some people had pondered whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would choose the Duke or Duchess of Cambridge as one of Archie's godparents – royal babies usually have around five to seven – if going by William and Kate's choices for their own three children the chances seemed unlikely.
William and Kate did not choose any immediate members of family to be the godparents of Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 4, or Prince Louis, with Jessica Bridge from British bookmakers Ladbrokes explaining last year ahead of Louis' christening:
"As with George and Charlotte, William and Kate chose close and trusted friends and aides, rather than immediate family members, and the odds suggest that will be the same with little Prince Louis," and her prediction was indeed right.
Meghan's attendance at Wimbledon with two of her closest college friends fuelled speculation that they would be named among Archie's godparents. (Image: Getty)
Following the private ceremony the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared two photographs taken by royal photographer Chris Allerton from the day.
The first was a more traditional group portrait taken in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, which featured the Sussexes, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, Meghan's mother Doria Ragland and the late Princess Diana's two sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes.
The second image was an intimate black and white photograph of the family-of-three, taken at in the Rose Gardens at Windsor Castle, with baby Archie looking serene with his eyes closed.
Before Archie's christening we'd had just two glimpses of the youngest royal's adorable face - once during his photo call at just two days old, and the second in an Instagram post shared to the Sussex's Instagram page to mark Father's Day in the UK.