Archie's godparents: Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are keeping them a secret

From the sound of it, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry don't ever plan on revealing who their son's godparents are.

Almost a week out from baby Archie Harrison's ultra-private christening, sources say that the new parents will keep the identities of his godparents secret out of respect for the fact that they aren't "public figures."

"These are friends, private citizens, not celebrities or public figures," an insider told People. "Meghan and Harry wanted to protect them from the inevitable onslaught: 'When did you meet them? How?' That was the driving reason [to keep them private]."

"It's a very personal thing to ask somebody to be a godparent," the source added.

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Buckingham Palace backed that claim up in a statement, saying that the choice was made "in keeping with their wishes."

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This official christening photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows the Duke and Duchess with their son, Archie and (left to right) the Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince of Wales, Ms Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. Photo by Chris Allerton. 
This official christening photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows the Duke and Duchess with their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor at Windsor Castle with the Rose Garden in the background. Photo by Chris Allerton. 
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Camilla the dog outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Royal superfan John Loughrey outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
A cake from a royal well-wisher outside Windsor Castle in celebration of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Royal fan John Loughrey, 64, camped out in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, at Windsor Castle tomorrow.
Camera crews set up in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, at Windsor Castle tomorrow.
Royal superfan John Loughrey holds a sign in celebration of the royal christening of Archie, the son of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, outside Windsor Castle in England, Saturday, July 6, 2019. The 2-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be baptized Saturday in a private chapel at the castle by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Church of England. (Rick Findler/PA via AP)
Royal superfan John Loughrey, with company from Camilla the dog, prepares flags and posters in celebration of the royal christening of Archie, the son of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, outside Windsor Castle in England, Saturday, July 6, 2019. The 2-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be baptized Saturday in a private chapel at the castle by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Church of England. (Rick Findler/PA via AP)
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Despite not publicly confirming or denying who they chose as their son's godparents, Meghan and Harry's tight circle of friends might provide some clues as to who they chose. Many reports have pointed to Meghan's pals, stylist Jessica Mulroney and tennis champ Serena Williams, as possibilities. Though Serena was in London on the day of the christening, she wasn't able to attend, as she was busy playing two matches at Wimbledon.

Another reported choice? Harry's good childhood friend, Charlie Van Straubenzee, who is already one of Princess Charlotte's godparents.

Outlets around the world also looked to the christening's small guest list of about 25 names for clues as to who Meghan and Harry chose. Among those being speculated about include Harry's nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke, who was spotted leaving Archie's baptism, as well as Princess Diana’s two older sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, who were included in the official family photo released after Archie's christening.

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Insiders told People that the christening was "very, very low-key," adding that "you wouldn't have even known it was going on. It was all very well thought through."

By keeping the names of their child's godparents a secret in addition to holding a private baptism, Meghan and Harry have departed from the royal norm around such a seminal event. Prince William and Kate Middleton, for instance, released the names of their children's godparents following their respective christenings.

"This is not a couple that will confirm if they don't feel it's right for them," a People source explained. "It's that simple."

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WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Prince George of Cambridge attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge runs after her son Prince Louis, at the Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham, England, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Prince George of Cambridge attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis attend the Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham, England, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duchess of Sussex holding her son Archie watched the Duchess of Cambridge as they attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham, Berkshire. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son Archie as they the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham, Berkshire. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duchess of Sussex holding her son Archie as they attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham, Berkshire. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duchess of Sussex holding her son Archie as they attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham, Berkshire. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis attend the Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham, England, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex holding her son Archie watched the Duchess of Cambridge as they attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham, Berkshire. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex holding her son Archie as they attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham, Berkshire.
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match, in which Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex were competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match, in which Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex were competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match, in which Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex were competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
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