Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's decision to raise baby girl Lilibet in the United States with her big brother Archie means she is not expected to receive a traditional royal christening.

However, there are fears this may be seen as a royal snub as while Princess Beatrice's new child is set to have one, according to reports.

The says that because Princess Beatrice, her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzim, and their baby Sienna – who are based at their St James's Palace residence in London – are expected to visit the Queen for a christening ceremony in the near future.

But Her Majesty's reluctance to travel abroad in her old age, a decision hastened by the continuing global Covid-19 pandemic, makes it incredibly unlikely that her namesake Lilibet will be given the honour of her presence should she be christened in the United States.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's baby Lilibet and Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's baby Sienna were both born in recent months, and plans for christening are hence expected in the next few weeks.

Royal expert Daniela Elser said to earlier this year that she believes Lillibet's ceremony has "both potential to either improve or to further damage Harry’s relationship with his family".

This would depend on whether they opt for a stateside affair or christening that takes place back in the UK, where Harry was last seen for Prince Phillip's funeral in April this year.

The latest reports suggest that Lilibet will be received into the Christian faith in California.

Elser added: "If the Sussexes were to decide they wanted the christening to happen back in the UK… then it would be construed as an olive branch after years of intra-family squabbling and rancour.

Prince Harry and Meghan spend the majority of their time at their £11.5 million mansion in Montecito, California.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into the huge house in June last year, having left the UK for the US after stepping back from the Royal Family.

They have since confirmed they are not returning to the UK to honour Diana at an event following the unveiling of her statue in Kensington Gardens.

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