The moment we've all been waiting for is here. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have finally revealed every single one of Prince George's seven godparents (seven, not six, like we thought). And, just a heads up, you might want to stand near a fainting couch before reading this next sentence, because you're about to be shocked to the core:
Neither Pippa nor Harry is among the chosen ones.
I know. I'll grab some smelling salts, and when you come to, we'll discuss.
The little Prince's seven godparents are as follows: Prince William's cousin, Zara Tindall (the only member of the royal family to be godparent); Kate's friend from school, Emilia Jardine-Paterson; family friend, William van Cutsem; Will and Kate's college friend, Oliver Baker; William and Harry's Private Secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton; the Duke of Westminster's son, Hugh Grosvenor; and Julia Samuel, a friend of Princess Diana's. No official explanation has been given as to why William and Kate chose who they did, but a source did recently say that they wanted their son to have godparents who offered "normalcy and stability."
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I, like most, assumed that Pippa and Harry, and possibly Kate's brother, James, would account for two or three of Prince George's godparents. But now that I think about it, not having their siblings as godparents really isn't that big of a shock at all. Both Pippa and Harry (and James) will all have close relationships with George, regardless of any special titles that have been bestowed unto them, because George is their nephew. William and Kate, assumingly, wanted to ensure people they love and respect have a unique and close relationship with their son. From the sounds of things, the Duke and Duchess have an enormous amount of admiration for the seven people they chose, and they feel they'll all be a positive influence on their son. Whereas Pippa, Harry, and James will automatically have an influence on their son.
It's an interesting way to go about choosing a godparent for your kid. I think it's a knee-jerk reaction for many people to just pick their siblings for the special role. And while, of course, there are many arguments for why siblings are a good choice for godparents, Will and Kate make a pretty good case for why they're not.
How did you choose your child's godparents?
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