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The birth of little Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor continues to break with royal tradition.
As they did when her older brother Archie was born, Lilibet’s parents are apparently planning to keep the identities of her godparents a secret, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.
In many respects, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have stage-managed the news of Lilibet’s arrival more smoothly than they did Archie’s.
The Duke and Duchess’s son was born when they were already considering stepping back from being working members of the Royal family.
As such, they considered their son’s birth a largely private family matter. Meghan had no intention of displaying their new child on the hospital steps, as the Duchess of Cambridge and Harry’s mother Princess Diana once did.
Instead, the details of Archie’s birth were only revealed when his birth certificate became a public document through the registrar. It was only then that royal fans got confirmation that he had been born at the private Portland Hospital in London. His godparents, unlike this of most other royal babies, still have not been publicly named.
Two days after Lilibet’s birth, which had taken place "in the trusted care of the doctors" act a facility some seven miles from Harry and Meghan’s Montecito mansion, a spokesperson issued a press release covering the basic facts.
It was made clear that there would be no official photograph released in the short term.
The name Lilibet dates back to Her Majesty the Queen’s earliest days. Little Princess Elizabeth had a bit of trouble pronouncing her own name and after her grandfather, King George V, affectionately started imitating her the nickname stuck.
But it was only ever used by the Queen’s closest relatives.
In the TV documentary The Queen and her Cousins, the Queen’s goddaughter Victoria Pryor, a daughter of one Her Majesty’s closest companions Margaret Rhodes, revealed: “Mummy called her Lilibet but we call her Ma'am."
Lilibet will be eighth in line to the throne, pushing Prince Andrew down one slot to Number 9.
She is not expected to be granted a title, but will be known simply as Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.
There’s some measure of controversy over titles, after Meghan noted angrily in her her interview with Oprah Winfrey that Archie would not be getting one.
She said there had been "no explanation" for the decision and said it would prevent him from getting getting adequate protection in future. She hinted that his mixed heritage could have influenced the royal family’s decision not to grant him a title.
In the same interview, Prince Harry said that he and Meghan were planning no more children after Lilibet.
The couple confirmed during their Oprah Winfrey interview in March that they were expecting a girl.
"A girl, you know, what more can you ask for?” He said.”… now we’ve got our family. We’ve got the four of us and our two dogs and it’s great."
- Meghan Markle
- Prince Andrew
- Prince Harry
- Princess Diana
- Royal Family
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