The Royal Family’s website has just been updated to include the Sussexes’ second child, Lilibet Diana, who is eighth in line to the throne.
Two months after the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the newborn has finally been added to the royal family’s line of succession online.
According to The Independent, Lilibet was born on 4 June in Santa Barbara, California, and is eighth in line to the throne but until now had not been added to the official online list. Her birth shifts the line of succession, according to Buckingham Palace, moving Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, into ninth in line.
After the Queen, the royal line of succession now looks like this:
After it took two months for the royal family to update the website, many are wondering why as tensions between the family, Prince Harry and Meghan remain high. But, in an email to Insider, Robert Jobson, a royal correspondent, said the website update “makes no difference.”
“As the legitimate daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Lilibet is next in eighth in line to the throne after her brother Archie,” he said.
“Unless there is legislation to stop Prince Harry taking his place in the line of succession and he denounces the rights of his children,” or unless William and Kate have another child, Lilibet will be next in line, Jobson added.
Nigel Cawthorne, the author of Prince Philip: I Know I Am Rude, told Insider that there could be a few reasons it took nearly two months for Buckingham Palace to update the line of succession. “Buckingham Palace is a bureaucratic machine that works at its own pace,” he said.
“There could, of course, be COVID-19 delays,” Cawthorne said. “But given the continuing royal turbulence around the Sussexes, such as Harry’s surprise memoir deal and naming the baby Lilibet, it is certainly a possibility that courtiers are working to rule on this matter.”
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