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Kate Middleton and Prince William have reportedly chosen at least one of what is anticipated to be a total of six godparents for their newborn son, Prince George Alexander Louis.
Guy Pelly, who is William's best friend, was reportedly asked by the royal couple to take on the role as one of their baby boy's dodfathers and he is believed to have accepted. The London nightclub owner, who is believed to have a controversial past, will reportedly take on the role formally at Prince George's christening.
"[He's] thrilled to bits" a source told The Sun U.K., adding that he has been celebrating the honor ever since he was asked.
As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 31, adjust to parenthood, sources claim they are currently planning a christening that is scheduled for September. They are also in the process of selecting the remaining five godparents.
"It will be a small, intimate affair. The Queen will be present and the Middleton family," Royal party planning expert Emma Summers told E! News about Prince George's christening.
"It will be very different from what we saw at the wedding," Summers' fellow royal party planning expert, Georgina Reames, explained. "A very private occasion and a very religious one."
William and Middleton are expected to select a total of three godmothers and three godfathers ahead of Prince George's baptism. Among the list of potential top picks is William's younger brother Harry and Middleton's younger sister Pippa and brother James.
Other potential godparents to Prince George, who has been nicknamed "Georgie" by his parents, include William's cousins Peter and Zara Phillips; his best friend from Ludgrove prep school and Eton, Thomas van Straubenzee; Middleton's best friend from Marlborough, Alicia Fox-Pitt; and the children of the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, according to Hello magazine U.K.
While some reports claimed Victoria and David Beckham, who are close friends of the Royal family, are also in the running, Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, revealed that celebrity godparents are unlikely.
"There are no hard and fast rules about this but I just know the royal family has never had a celebrity as a godparent," Seward told People magazine.
"Godparents don't have to be your best friend. Quite often it is quite the opposite, it can be somebody quite random," she continued adding, "there are wild cards" on the couple's shortlist.