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The unique way the Royal Family picks godparents.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, announced the names of Prince Louis’s six godparents on 9th July before his christening.

But Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton’s names weren’t on the list. 

Also read: Prince William had the most adorable dad moments at Prince Louis’ christening.

Similar to their previous selections, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge opted close friends and one cousin instead of immediate family members for the job. Thank God, Prince Harry wasn’t selected for a good reason.

Here are Prince Louis’s godparents:

The Cambridge didn’t even throw a curveball here. “As with George and Charlotte, [William and Kate] chose close and trusted friends and aides, rather than immediate family members,” Jessica Bridge, of British bookmakers Ladbrokes, said in a statement.

  • Guy Pelly, Prince William, and Kate’s friend
  • Nicholas van Cutsem, Prince William’s friend
  • Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Prince William’s friend
  • Lady Laura Meade, the wife of James Meade (Princess Charlotte’s godfather)
  • Hannah Carter, Kate’s friend
  • Lucy Middleton, Kate’s cousin

Bookies originally favoured some other picks, including Laura Lopes, the daughter of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were also in contention. Unfortunately for all the Meghan Markle fans, the Duchess of Sussex was never really in the mix. Don’t feel too slighted though.

Choosing these important spiritual advisers isn’t taken lightly and the members of the royal family take this seriously. Previous generations of royals picked courtiers and Royals (both British and foreign) reflecting their esteem and respect. For example, one of Prince Charles’s eight godparents included his paternal grandfather King George VI.

Also read: Prince Harry bought the sweetest christening gift for Prince Louis.

The large number serves an important purpose, too. “There’s a feeling that because of their role as members of the royal family that they need as many confidants as they can get apart from their parents,” Robert Jobson, royal editor of the Evening Standard, told ABC News in 2015.