Meghan and Harry demand private christening for baby Archie

The world is introduced to the newest royal
Meghan and Harry introduced the world to the newest royal - Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor.  Photo: ninevms

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have demanded a "private" christening for their son, Archie, because they want to shield him from the public, it has emerged.

The christening would be held at the private chapel at Windsor Castle and was understood to be a "very small gathering", a royal source said.

The ceremony is due to take place on Saturday, exactly two months after Archie was born on May 6. It is understood that pictures of the ceremony will be released on Sunday through the media.

While they acknowledge the public interest in the seventh in line to the throne, they intend to keep many details of his life private because he is not in the direct line of succession, their friends say.

Royal christenings are usually private affairs, with invitations extending only to close family and friends.

But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have let photographers capture pictures of them and their children, family members and guests arriving before holding private services.

Both Prince George and Prince Louis were christened at the Chapel Royal in London. Princess Charlotte's ceremony was held at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, in Norfolk, where the paddock outside the churchyard was opened to the public.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, who married Harry and Meghan, is usually called upon to perform the service.

The decision to hold a private ceremony comes after it emerged $2.4 million of taxpayers' money had been spent renovating the couple's residence Frogmore Cottage.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet players of the New York Yankees before a match against the Boston Red Sox  in London, Saturday June 29, 2019. (Peter Nicholls/Pool via AP)

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet players of the New York Yankees before a match against the Boston Red Sox in London, Saturday June 29, 2019. (Peter Nicholls/Pool via AP)?

The Daily Telegraph, London