Prince Harry missed the birth of Princess Charlotte on 2 May, and now HELLO! has learned that he will also miss the christening of his beloved niece as it coincides with his scheduled visit to Africa.
The 30-year-old is set to visit the continent for three months over the summer to pursue conservation work. As part of his trip Harry will add his support to the ongoing battle against the illegal trade of animal parts by working with charity Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia.
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Prince Harry will miss Princess Charlotte's christening
Harry has been widely tipped as a possible godfather to Charlotte - the second child of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton. He will no doubt be disappointed to miss the special occasion.
Kensington Palace recently announced that Princess Charlotte's baptism would take place in Sandringham on Sunday 5 July – at the same church where Princess Diana was christened in August 1961.
Prince Harry also missed the birth of his niece
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to announce the christening of Princess Charlotte will take place on Sunday 5th July," read a post on the social media site. "Princess Charlotte will be christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury @JustinWelby at St Mary Magdalene Church in #Sandringham."
The service, which will take place a stone's throw from William and Kate's country home Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate, will most likely be a private affair, although the family are expected to later release official pictures to mark the historic event.
Prince Harry will be in Africa for charity work
While Princess Charlotte's godparents won’t be announced until the day, there has been much speculation about who will be given the honour.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes list Princess Beatrice and her sister Eugenie as among the favourites, while Harry and Kate's sister Pippa Middleton also features in the list of possible candidates.
Another rumoured godfather for Princess Charlotte is William's cousin Peter Phillips. He is a popular choice with Ladbrokes with odds of 1/2 as his sister Zara Tindall is already a godparent to Prince George.