Baptism of Harry and Meghan’s son Archie caused chaos for Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Baptism of Harry and Meghan’s son Archie caused chaos for Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby when they chose to baptize him at General Synod

  • Justin Welby withdrew from the Saturday session of the 2019 York meeting
  • Bishops only found out why he was absent after palace officials released photos
  • They initially chose July 5, but Queen and Charles were busy so moved it to the next day de

The Archbishop of Canterbury was forced to leave the most important meeting in the Church of England’s calendar because the Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose to baptize their son at the General Synod.

Senior clerics were stunned when Justin Welby withdrew without explanation from the Saturday session of the four-day meeting in York in July 2019.

The secrecy surrounding the baptism of Harry and Meghan’s son Archie was so great that leading bishops learned why the archbishop was absent only after palace officials released two photos after the service.

The Archbishop of Canterbury was forced to leave the most important meeting in the Church of England’s calendar because the Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose to baptize their son at the General Synod

The secrecy surrounding the baptism of Harry and Meghan's son Archie (pictured) was so great that senior bishops only learned why the archbishop was absent after palace officials released two photos after the service

The secrecy surrounding the baptism of Harry and Meghan’s son Archie (pictured) was so great that leading bishops learned why the archbishop was absent only after palace officials released two photos after the service.

The couple initially opted for Friday, July 5, 2019, but the Queen and Prince Charles were unavailable so it was moved to the following day. The queen still could not attend.

A well-placed source said the sudden change in the Archbishop’s diary raised eyebrows: “The Sussexes certainly didn’t consult with others as to which date would be most appropriate … that just wasn’t a consideration.”

The revelation comes amid speculation the couple plans to have their second child Lilibet baptized in Britain.

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