Nearly two months after Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan welcomed their second child, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, "Lili," as her parents call her, had not been added to the official royal line of succession on the royal family's official website. In fact, as of July 25, her name did not appear anywhere on the website.
Lili's birth on June 4 technically puts her at No. 8 in line for the throne, just behind her brother, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and just ahead of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. But as of the 25th — more than seven weeks after her birth — the palace website still listed Andrew — who was forced to step back from official duties in late 2019 because of a scandal concerning his ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein — at No. 8.
On July 26, an update was finally made to Royal.uk — three days after the glaring omission was pointed out by royals reporters, according to MailOnline, which credited Harper' Bazaar royals editor Omid Scobie with tweeting the news first. "The line of succession on the @RoyalFamily website has just been updated to include the Sussexes' second child: Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, who is eighth in line to the throne. She was born on June 4," he wrote.
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As TMZ points out, Archie's name was added to the official list 15 days after his birth in 2019. Prince William and Duchess Kate's third son, Prince Louis, appeared on the list at No. 5 (just after his big sister, Princess Charlotte, and before his uncle, Prince Harry) within 12 days of his birth in 2018.
Lili doesn't appear in Meghan or Harry's bios in the royal family website's "about" section, either. (Archie is mentioned only in Meghan's section — this was still the case hours after the line of succession was updated.)
A rep for Buckingham Palace explained Lili's absence to the Mirror only by saying the site "is updated periodically."
ITV Royal Editor Chris Ship, however, thinks the palace could be "making a point" with their delay in adding Lili's name, given Harry's increasingly tense relationship with his family.
"You have got to ask what has taken them so long," the veteran royal watcher said on the latest edition of the Royal Rota podcast.
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"All they have got to do is hit the paragraph button and put in a different number. They must have done it before. They did it for Archie. Clearly they did it for Louis when he was born. And they have done it for some of the other children like August that have been born as well. So where's Lilibet? I can forgive them a week or two but a month? …. Is it them saying, 'We will get around to it when ready?' It does feel like to me, maybe, they are making a point."
That "point," we assume, would be tied to the royal family's response to assertions Harry made in his bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, where the prince said a member of the family made problematic comments about how dark his son's skin would be, since Meghan is bi-racial. Harry also alleged his family refused to let Meghan seek help when she she was suffering from severe depression.
He has since announced plans to release a memoir in 2022.
According to the Daily Mail, Harry hopes to have Lili "christened at Windsor, just like her brother," despite his and Meghan's relocation to California.