Phillip Schofield says Harry and Meghan damned if they do damned if they dont

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This Morning star Phillip Schofield has claimed Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are "damned if they do, damned if they don't" as a new row has erupted over their potential UK return.

It comes after a source claimed that the couple were planning to christen their daughter Lilibet in the US instead of returning to Windsor Castle to have her baptised into the Church of England.

If she did return to the UK, she would be following in her brother Archie's footsteps, who was christened at the historic venue.

In a dedicated segment on This Morning, royal expert Camilla Tominey explained: "My information from the Church of England yesterday was if [Lilibet] then comes over and joins a Church of England congregation, then she'll be considered Church of England.

"Also, interestingly, you don't need to be baptised in order to remain in the line of succession! The only bar to the line of succession is to be a Catholic," she added.

Phillip interjected: "Once again, they're damned if they do and damned if they don't.

"You wonder whether if they had come over, people would have said, 'That's unnecessary travel!'"

Camilla added: "With this and the fact that the couple isn't coming over for the event to mark Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday in the summer, and the statue, it's just interesting that Harry and Meghan don't have any immediate plans to come and see the Queen and introduce her to these great-grandchildren.

"She hasn't seen Archie, I believe, since November 2019."

Prince Harry did, of course, reunite with his brother William for the unveiling of Diana's statue earlier this year – but a heavily pregnant Meghan stayed in America.

He also returned to the UK for the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip – again, without Meghan.

Tom Swarbrick, one of the programme's regular news reviewers, agreed with Phil, as he said: "I just think it's up to them. She's their daughter, let them decide.

"Are people going to get too upset if it happens in the US rather than the UK, I mean, I think you're right – damned if they do, damned if they don't."

A palace insider revealed to The Telegraph on Monday: "There will not be a christening in the UK. It is not happening."

Another source said it would be "highly unlikely".

It is instead expected that Lilibet will be christened in the Episcopal Church of the US.

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  • This Morning
  • Meghan Markle
  • Prince Harry
  • Phillip Schofield

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