Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s newborn daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, was officially added to the royal line more than seven weeks after her birth.
The official royal website was updated on Monday after the family suffered a backlash over the weekend after people noticed Lilibet was not added to the estate in a timely manner after his birth in June 2021.
Lilibet, whose name is a tribute to both Queen Elizabeth II and Harry’s late mother Princess Diana, now occupies her rightful place as the eighth row of the throne currently held by the Queen, according to the official succession list on the Royal Family Website.
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The inclusion of Lilibet on the list propels the besieged Prince Andrew to ninth in the royal succession and places him just behind his older brother, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, whom the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed in 2019.
The delay in adding Meghan and Harry’s second child to the official line of succession was first spotted by The Daily Mail. In addition to reporting the omission, the outlet reported for comparison that Archie was added to the list two weeks after his birth.
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When Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third child, Louis, was born, his name was added to the list after 12 days. When Lucas, the son of the royal family Zara and Mike Tindall, was born in March of this year, the baby’s name was added immediately, according to the outlet.
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The delay comes after Meghan and Harry alleged in a revealing interview with Oprah Winfrey in March that they had been abused by other members of the royal family before making the decision to step down from their duties with the family and to move to California to live without Family Resources. Markle, who is mixed race, claimed that before Archie was born, members of the royal family worried about the blackness of her child’s skin.
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The couple have since made deals with Netflix and Spotify. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s latest endeavor will be his $ 20million book deal for a memoir that many say will share even more details about his time in the royal family.