Meghan Markle is among the contenders tipped to become a godparent to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s new royal baby.
The US actress, set to marry into the Royal Family next month when she weds Prince Harry at Windsor Castle, is believed to be considered as a potential godmother for the latest member of the Cambridge family.
The move would surely delight Harry, the baby’s uncle, and secure her long-term position as a royal.
Meghan, 36, would be ideally placed to carry out any godmotherly duties at William and Kate’s Kensington Palace home, as she will live in the residence grounds at Nottingham Cottage.
But it remains to be see whether the Cambridge’s have known the American actress for long enough to assign her with the responsibility?
The newest Cambridge baby’s godparents are expected to be announced just before the child’s christening.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have previously opted for close friends and valued family members for the spiritual role, shunning the Windsor tradition of selecting older royal relatives.
It is likely that the baby will have five godparents, as does Charlotte, whereas George, a future king, has seven.
George’s seven godparents included Julia Samuel – a close friend of Diana, Princess of Wales, the couple’s former private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton and William’s cousin Zara Tindall, while Charlotte’s five included Kate’s school friend Sophie Carter and Laura Fellowes – the daughter of one of Diana’s sisters.
Here’s a look at some of the possible contenders
William and Kate may ask another of the van Cutsem brothers who are old family friends of the Duke.
They selected William van Cutsem for George and may pick one of his siblings – Hugh, Edward or Nicholas – or perhaps Hugh’s wife Rose van Cutsem this time.
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The Duke of Cambridge is godfather to Hugh and Rose’s daughter Grace, who was a bridesmaid at the royal wedding and almost stole the show on the balcony after covering her ears during the flypast.
Kate’s Marlborough College friends include Catriona "Trini" Foyle, Alice Avenel (nee St. John Webster), Alicia Stoddart (nee Fox-Pitt) and Hannah Carter (nee Gillingham).
Others in the couple’s social circle include jockey Sam Waley-Cohen and his wife Bella; William’s school friend Tom Sutton and his wife Harriet; heir to Viscount Allendale, Wentworth "Wenty" Beaumont and his wife Vanessa; Lady Iona Hewitt; and Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs, an old friend of Kate’s who runs the fashion label Beulah London.
William and Kate’s former uni flatmates are Fergus Boyd and Olivia Bleasdale who also attended their 2011 wedding.
From the royal side, William’s cousin Peter Phillips could be a safe bet.
Other suggestions include the Duke’s former nanny Tiggy Pettifer, William and Kate’s former personal assistant Helen Asprey, Sir David Manning – the former ambassador to Washington who now acts as the couple’s foreign affairs adviser – or perhaps even one of Diana’s sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, or another of of William’s cousins via the Spencer family line.
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William’s former top aide and ex-press secretary Miguel Head is also a possibility.
He has been a trusted member of the KP team and is leaving his post as private secretary in July, but a warm tribute was issued when his departure was announced.
William was described as feeling "incredibly lucky to have benefited from Miguel’s advice and support over the last decade".
Mr Head was described as a "valued adviser during an important period in His Royal Highness’s life".
William was just 16 when he became godfather to Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece and Denmark in 1998.
The Duke’s cousin Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, is only 14 years old, but selecting Louise as a godparent would delight the Queen.
The youngster was one of William and Kate’s bridesmaids.
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