Harry and Meghan using royal loophole to keep Archie's godparents names a secret

Mail Online | 7/5/2019 | Rebecca English Royal Correspondent For The Daily Mail;Bryony Jewell;Martin Robinson Chief Reporter For Mailonline
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are using a royal loophole to ensure baby Archie's godparents remain a secret after his christening tomorrow.

Under Church of England rules, the details of all baptisms, including the baby's godparents, are a matter of public record and can be obtained easily for a small fee.

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But details of Archie's baptism are being kept in a separate 'register held privately by the royal household on behalf of the Crown', which is not accessible to the public.

The Queen's former spokesperson Dickie Arbiter told MailOnline that details about godparents are 'private' but previous royal parents including the Cambridges have chosen to share the information.

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Mr Arbiter also explained how although Archie's godparents' identities might not be officially released on Saturday, they will be put in the royal records which is held at Windsor Castle and will be available to historians in the future.

Harry and Meghan's decision to keep the names of their son's godparents hidden has sparked major outrage among royalists and commentators after it emerged the taxpayer forked out £2.4million for renovations to their new Windsor home.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have said only that they have picked 'close and old friends' for the roles, but are refusing to identify them because they are 'private citizens', triggering major speculation over who it could be.

Commenting on the loophole, a Church of England spokesman told MailOnline: 'Under the Parochial Registers and Records Measure 1978 all baptisms must be registered and the record made is normally publicly available for searches and for the making of certified copies of entries.

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'However the register to be used in this case is held privately by the royal household on behalf of the Crown and we understand that it has never complied with the usual requirement.'

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