Does Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Daughter, Lilibet, Still Have a Place in Line to the Throne Following the Sussexes’ Demotion?

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry have welcomed their second child together. The couple’s daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, had arrived two days earlier, according to news released on June 6. “On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili,” the couple said in a statement on their Archewell website. She is everything we could have hoped for, and we are grateful for the love and prayers we’ve received from all over the world. Thank you for your continued kindness and support as our family goes through this very special time.”

Many royal fans had questions about the Sussexes’ new arrival after the duke and duchess were officially demoted on the royal family’s website hours earlier, including whether she still has a place in the line of succession to the British throne.

The royal family congratulates Meghan and Harry on the birth of their daughter Lilibet.
Following their interview with Oprah Winfrey and Harry’s comments about his father’s parenting and upbringing, it’s been reported that the Sussexes and the royal family have been at odds. However, the royals put their differences aside to use social media to announce Lilibet’s birth.

We are all overjoyed by the happy news of baby Lili’s arrival,’ tweeted Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. “Wishing Harry, Meghan, and Archie all the best.”

“Congratulations to Harry, Meghan, and Archie on the arrival of baby Lilibet Diana,” Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall wrote on the Clarence House Twitter account. “Wishing them all the best at this momentous occasion.”

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The birth of her 11th great-grandchild was also announced on Queen Elizabeth II’s account.

 

Just before the birth, the duke and duchess were demoted from the royal website

Prince Harry and Meghan were demoted on the royal family’s website on June 5, according to a number of royal watchers.

The duke and duchess have been relegated to the site’s “royal family members” section. According to reports, the prince and his wife used to be positioned just below Prince William and Kate. The Sussexes are now ranked 10th and 11th, respectively, after Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Their bios have also been updated to reflect that they have taken a step back as family elders. Given Harry’s proximity to the throne, some have questioned what this change means for his children.

Is Lili’s place in the line of succession to the British throne still secure?

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Dominic Lipinski / AFP via Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s descent through the royal family’s website has no bearing on their children’s positions in the line of succession.

Lilibet, like her older brother Archie, follows in their father’s footsteps. Prince Harry follows his older brother Prince William and the Duke of Cambridge’s three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, in the line of succession. Archie is now in seventh place, and Lilibet is in eighth place. The new baby pushes Prince Andrew to ninth place in the line, despite the fact that he is no longer a working royal. Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, the Duke of York’s daughters, were ranked 10th and 11th, respectively.

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Since Prince Philip’s death in April, Lili is Queen Elizabeth’s first great-grandchild. She isn’t, however, the first royal baby born in the United States. The queen’s first cousin’s son, Lord Frederick Windsor, welcomed their eldest daughter, Maud, to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Maud is the 52nd in line to the throne.

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