Lilibet, who was named after Queen Elizabeth, is already seven weeks old. However, she has still not officially received a place in the succession to the British throne. However, as the daughter of Prince Harry, who is currently 6th in line to the throne, she is entitled to it. Archie, Harry’s eldest son, was already officially seventh in line. This can be read on the Buckingham Palace website. His place in the succession to the throne was posted on the website just 15 days after his birth. Lilibet, however, remains a conspicuous absentee.
To be clear, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor has no royal titles at her parents’ request, was not born in the UK and has never set foot on English soil. But that does not alter the fact that the place in the ranking still belongs to her. So it’s strange that the royals wait so long to add her to the list.
According to some experts, it has to do with her baptism: babies are traditionally only added to the list after they are baptized, as a monarch of Great Britain also has to represent the Anglican Church. You can’t if you haven’t been baptized. However, there is currently some controversy surrounding Lilibet’s baptism: Harry and Meghan would like a royal christening for her in Windsor, in the presence of the Queen. However, the royal family does not like that. Firstly because Harry and Meghan stepped out of the royal family so publicly, and secondly because the Queen can’t just be present at any baptism. Her presence is not just that of a family member, it is a statement from the monarch. Even during the baptism of Prince Louis, the youngest son of Prince William, she was not there.
Rumor has it that announcing Harry’s biography would be a way to put pressure on the British royals: if they cooperate, Harry won’t write damning things about them.
But precisely because of that rumor, ITV royalty pundit Chris Ship suspects the fork is different: “You have to wonder why it’s taking so long,” he says. “You can forgive them for a week or two, but a month? All they have to do is click on the ‘edit’ button and change the number. They’ve done that before: for Louis, for Archie and for August, Princess Eugenie’s son. Then why don’t they do it for Lilibet? Is it their way of saying, “We’ll do it when we’re ready”? Or is it something else? Letting it go for such a long period of time hints at bad blood. I think this is a statement.”
A Buckingham Palace spokesman told British newspaper The Mirror that the palace’s website is only being updated “sporadically”. It was not addressed that it takes considerably longer with Lilibet than with other royal children.