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Why Meghan Markle Isn't Godmother To Prince Louis

Prince Louis' christening takes place today and the most important roles of all, the godparents, have been announced this morning.

As with so many things, the royals do god-parenting differently to the rest of us.

Firstly, they choose loads - and historically, this number was made up of fellow royals and members of the aristocracy.

Prince William had six, including Constantine II, the former King of Greece, Princess Alexandra, the Queen’s cousin, Lady Susan Hussey, the Queen’s lady-in-waiting, Lord Romsey, grandson of Lord Mountbatten, and explorer and writer Sir Laurens van der Post.

That said, Prince George still has seven godparents, including Earl Grosvenor, who is one of the wealthiest men on the country and another member of the Royal family, Zara Tindall.

So who are Prince Louis' godparents?

If you were thinking of having a flutter on Meghan Markle, you were never really going to win anything - the odds on the newest member of the Royal family being chosen were 14/1.

Prince Louis' godparents were announced this morning and they are: Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, Hannah Carter and Lucy Middleton.

Why hasn't Meghan made the list?

The reason is simple. While things may have relaxed a little, the royals still follow a pattern of choosing close friends and even former members of staff, and Meghan falls outside that category.

She needn't take it personally though. Neither Prince Harry nor Pippa Middleton were chosen as George and Charlotte's godparents.

Jessica Bridge, of British bookmakers Ladbrokes, told People last month: "As with George and Charlotte, [William and Kate] chose close and trusted friends and aides, rather than immediate family members, and the odds suggest that will be the same with little Prince Louis."
None of the bookies' front-runners made the cut.

Leading the way was Tiggy Pettifer, Prince William and Prince Harry's former nanny, with odds of 2/1.

Laura Lopes, Camilla's daughter was thought to be another strong contender at 3/1. Her 10-year-old daughter Eliza was one of Kate Middleton's bridesmaids in 2011.

William's outgoing private secretary Miguel Head seemed to be a favourite for godfather, with the odds set at 5/4.

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