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The Sussexes

The foreign royal who could be Archie Harrison’s godparent

Unlike his titled cousins, could Master Archie Harrison have a foreign royal as a godparent? It’s not impossible. In fact, the possibility is rather high.

There were only two foreign royals at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May 2018: Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and his wife, Princess Mabereng Seeiso.

Harry and Seeiso are close friends and founded the charity Sentebale together in 2006. Sentebale, poignantly, means ‘forget-me-not’ in Sesotho and honours both princes’ late mothers. The charity honours their mothers’ charity work and helps vulnerable children, many affected by HIV, in Africa.

This is why Archie could have a foreign royal as a godparent. Prince Seeiso has a strong bond with Prince Harry through their joint charity work, and it makes sense that Harry and Meghan would choose someone like Seeiso to help mentor their son in life and the Christian faith.

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Having a foreign royal as a godparent in the British Royal Family was more common before the latest generation. The Duke of Cambridge has the former King Constantine II of Greece as a godparent, and the Prince of Wales counts the late King Haakon VII of Norway and Prince George of Greece and Denmark as godparents.

However, the three children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis) were not given any foreign royal godparents. None of their godparents have royal titles; although Prince George has a member of the Royal Family as a godmother, Zara Tindall (the daughter of the Princess Royal), but she does not hold a royal title.

If Prince Seeiso is chosen, it won’t be about following any tradition of titled godparents, but rather, like his Cambridge cousins, be about choosing close friends and family of his parents to guide him.

Will the Duke and Duchess of Sussex choose Prince Seeiso as a godparent? Of course, no one knows for sure. We will just have to wait and see, as baby Archie is expected to be christened in the coming months.

About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.