Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, have asked Guy Pelly to be one of George’s godfather, an offer to a friend he couldn’t refuse. Since George will supposedly have six godparents total, several other names have been thrown around.
A source reportedly told The Sun that the 31-year-old nightclub owner is “thrilled to bits” and “everyone was congratulating him,” adding: “Guy’s been a very discreet and good friend to William over the years. Those are qualities he wants to pass on to George.”
The source said ”he is thrilled to bits about being picked and everyone was congratulating him.”
The frontrunners evidently include William’s longtime pal Thomas van Straubenzee, Kate’s friend Alicia Fox-Pitt and, not surprising, George’s aunt and uncle, Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry.
However, Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, tells PEOPLE that it’s unlikely Becks is in the running. “There are no hard and fast rules about this but I just know the royal family has never had a celebrity as a godparent,” she says.
But she does admit “there are wild cards” on the shortlist. “Godparents don’t have to be your best friend. Quite often it is quite the opposite, it can be somebody quite random.”
Prince William certainly has an interesting list of godparents, including Lady Susan Hussey (the Queen’s lady-in-waiting), the former king of Greece, Constantine, and Sir Laurens van der Post, the explorer and writer (a close friend of William’s father Prince Charles, who was 76 when William was christened).
“You choose godparents for various reasons,” William’s cousin, jewelry designer and mother of five India Hicks says.
“We chose one that we knew would be there if anything happened to us and be able to take over the mothering for the child, we chose one who was fascinating from a religious point of view and had a very different think on life, could teach the children a different way of looking at religion. We chose a great artist who could inspire them,” she says. “I would think they wouldn’t be any different from that.”
The Palace, meanwhile, tells E! News that it will not be commenting on godparents at this stage.
George’s christening will reportedly take place later this year.