With the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's second child, Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the British monarchy's succession line has changed.
Following the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, changes are expected within the British monarchy's succession line.
According to People, Lili is reportedly eighth in the succession line to the British throne. The newborn's older brother, Archie Harrison, is seventh in line.
Queen Elizabeth II during the State Opening of Parliament at the Houses of Parliament in London on May 11, 2021. | Photo: Getty Images
Lili and Archie's lines of succession to the throne are still in place even though Harry and Meghan stepped back from their roles as senior members of the royal family in 2020.
As People reported, the succession order starts from Queen Elizabeth II's oldest son, Prince Charles. The second in line is Charles' son, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
William's first son, Prince George, takes the third spot, followed by Princess Charlotte and then Prince Louis. Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is sixth in line.
With Lili's birth, the queen's second son, Prince Andrew, moves to the ninth spot, followed by his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
Harry and Meghan welcomed Lili on June 4, 2021, at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. In a message posted on the Archewell website, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said:
"She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we've felt from across the globe."
Meghan and Harry named their daughter after the queen's nickname "Lilibet" and added "Diana" as a tribute to the duke's late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
Naming their children after respected members of the royal family was not new to the couple. After Archie was born in May 2019, Meghan gave him a second name, "Harrison," a tribute to Harry's name.
Mountbatten was the late prince's surname after being naturalized as a British citizen in 1947.
Although Archie and Lili are among potential successors to the throne, courtesy titles for both siblings seem unclear. Meghan and Harry reportedly opted not to use a royal title for Archie.
The couple's one-year-old son could have been called the Earl of Dumbarton. Instead of the royal title, the boy is addressed as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
Descendants of the queen and her late husband, Prince Philip, who are not future kings and queens, bear the hyphenated surname Mountbatten-Windsor.
Mountbatten was the late prince's surname after being naturalized as a British citizen in 1947. Windsor is the queen's last name, being born to the Royal House of Windsor.