Lilibet “Lili” Diana, named in homage to Queen Elizabeth II and the Princess of Wales, was born with the utmost discretion on Friday June 4 in Santa Barbara, United States. Her parents, Meghan and Harry, shared the happy news in a statement released on Sunday, June 6.
Lili is none other than the nickname Prince Philip gave to his wife, the Queen of England. Many media have seen the choice of this first name as a step towards reconciliation on the part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Meghan and Prince Harry left the UK in April 2020 and now live in the US, where the former actress was born.
What he has in common with Maud Windsor
Despite his withdrawal from the royal family, Harry has retained his place in the line of succession, he is currently sixth, behind his father Prince Charles, his brother Prince William as well as his nephews George and Louis and his niece Charlotte. The little girl Lili is in eighth place in the order of succession to the British crown, just behind her big brother Archie, born in May 2019.
Much further in the order of succession, at 51st place in the line, is Maud Windsor. The seven-year-old daughter of Lord Frederick and Sophie Winkelman has something in common with Meghan and Harry’s newborn. She, too, was born in California. And more precisely in Los Angeles, August 15, 2013. The granddaughter of Prince Michael of Kent, the cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, therefore has dual British and American nationality.
Even though she bears the first names of the Queen of England and the Princess of Wales, little Lilibet does not have the title of princess. According to the rules enacted by King George V in 1917, “only the children and grandchildren of the sovereign can automatically obtain the predicate” His Royal Highness “and the title of prince or princess”. Lili being the great-granddaughter of Elizabeth II. She can become one the day her grandfather, Prince Charles becomes king.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry © Backgrid UK