The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance on Saturday alongside her husband, the Duke of Sussex, ahead of Europe’s first ever Major League Baseball game. The MLB partnered with the Invictus Games for a two-game series in London, the first of which featured the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
The couple met with both teams ahead of the game, at which point they were gifted uniform-themed onesies for their son, Archie.
While meeting with the Red Sox, player Mookie Betts told Meghan that they are distant cousins, so the two shared a hug. Apparently the two both had ancestors living in Alabama in the 19th century, so it’s entirely possible they are in fact related, according to The Boston Globe.
From there, the two joined American and British Invictus Games competitors for a reception where they caught up and discussed the upcoming games planned for The Netherlands in 2020.
During the reception, Harry mentioned that they had had a “late night” with Archie the night before, and Meghan noted that she was happy she wasn’t asked to make the first pitch after losing so much sleep.
Meghan wore a new belted, black dress by Stella McCartney for the engagement. Under normal circumstances I would say it was an odd choice for a summer baseball game, however given that Meghan is less than two months postpartum, I would imagine she’s choosing whatever is comfortable for her at the moment. Her flats are Aquazzura, and it’s believed her earrings are by Jennifer Meyer.
The other big Sussex news from the weekend is that Archie’s christening has been set for this coming Saturday, July 6. It’s due to be held in Windsor Castle’s private chapel.
There’s been some furor over the fact that it will be a “private” event, however it’s worth noting that all royal christenings are private events. The only big difference here is that there might not be photographers stationed to catch members of the family and godparents walking into the chapel, however official photographs are due to be released in the following days.
I’m not surprised by this. By eschewing a title of any kind for their son, Harry and Meghan are clearly intending to raise him as a private citizen, which means that despite massive public interest in them, there may well be less pomp and circumstance surrounding his big events than there is for Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis of Cambridge. Some people are annoyed by this, but I think this is one of those situations where Harry and Meghan are likely going to be criticized if they do and criticized if they don’t, so they’re going to have to make a series of judgment calls. We’ll see what actually happens on Saturday, but as it stands right now, no real break from tradition has occurred.