Buckingham Palace says the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not reveal the names of their son’s godparents, Archie, when he is baptized this weekend.
The palace said in a statement on Wednesday that the baptism at Windsor Castle on Saturday will be private and that “the godparents, according to their wishes, remain private.”
The decision led to controversy in the British media on Thursday, partly because the royal couple’s house was being renovated with 2.4 million pounds ($ 3.06 million) in tax money. Anti-monarchy campaign group The Republic wonders why so much money has been spent in a time when government services are under financial pressure.
Critics suggest that occasions such as baptism should be public, but Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have repeatedly stated that they are entitled to privacy.