The Duke and Duchess of Sussex may have given the honour to former royal nanny

Who did Meghan Markle choose as godmother for her daughter Princess Lilibet?

Princess Lilibet, the two-year-old daughter of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, was christened on March 3, 2023, in a small ceremony at the family’s Montecito, California, home.

Tyler Perry, who is a close friend of the Sussexes, revealed that he is Lilibet’s godfather in Harry and Meghan’s most recent Netflix docuseries, so we are aware of this. On the other hand, little is known about Lilibet’s godmother.


Former royal nanny Tiggy
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The nanny who looked after Harry and his brother Prince William as young children, Alexandra Pettifer, better known as Tiggy Legge-Bourke, was reportedly chosen as Lilibet’s godmother, though this has not been officially confirmed, according to The Mirror.

Tiggy, 58, attended the christening of Lilibet’s older brother Archie in July 2019 and is reportedly one of his godparents, according to The Times.


Meghan Markle holding daughter Lilibet during her first birthday party
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HELLO! Royal Correspondent online says “Choosing a godparent is an important decision for any parent, and it’s safe to assume that Harry and Meghan would have chosen individuals who have long supported them in their lives,” says Danielle Stacey. Given that Tiggy was mentioned in Harry and William’s memoir, Spare, as their “favorite nanny,” it wouldn’t be shocking if they had chosen her as Princess Lilibet’s godmother.

The former royal nanny, who now resides on the Glanusk Estate in Wales, raised Princes William and Harry in the 1990s before retiring from her position as a royal in 1999 after marrying a former British army officer.

She moved in with King Charles’ family during the time that he and Princess Diana were divorcing, giving the boys a valuable source of emotional support.

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Tiggy with a young Prince Harry


Shortly after their engagement, Harry introduced Meghan to Tiggy, and a source at the time told HELLO! that Harry “couldn’t wait” to do so. The two women got along famously despite having very different personalities.

She is a very important person in Harry’s life, almost like a mother figure, as she took care of him after Princess Diana passed away, the insider continued.

It’s also possible that Lilibet’s godmothers are Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Harry’s aunts and the sisters of the late Princess Diana. They both reportedly went to Lilibet’s christening on March 3rd, according to Marie Claire.


Lady Jane Fellowes and Sarah McCorquodale
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After his mother’s tragic passing in 1997, Harry has remained close to her siblings. At Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018, Jane even gave an emotional reading from the Song of Solomon.

In their Netflix series, Tyler Perry talked openly about the time Harry and Meghan asked him to be Lilibet’s godfather.

“We’ll call and chat and talk about silly things, and they were pretty serious on the phone,” he admitted, “and I go, ‘Okay, what’s going on?'” ‘Well, we’d like for you to be Lili’s godfather,’ they replied. I say, “Whoa.” It took me a moment to process that.


Tyler Perry
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And I pondered, ‘I’d be honored. I’d be honored without a doubt.

A spokesperson for the couple announced the news on International Women’s Day, saying, “I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday, March 3 by the Bishop of Los Angeles, the Rev John Taylor.”

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