Royal Family Includes Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s Daughter Lilibet in Line of Succession after Media Criticism

The latest member of the British royal family, Lilibet Diana, has been added to the list of the royal members in the line of succession to the throne. This update comes after the media criticized the royal institution for delaying.

There has been an update to the line of succession for the British monarchy, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter, Lilibet, has been included. The little one has been certified as eighth in order of succession. 

Before the update was announced and effected on the royal family’s official website, the British monarchy was scrutinized. At the time, the media called out the lack of action to include Lilibet in the line of succession.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images

LILIBET JOINS THE LINE OF SUCCESSION

The official website included the names of the royal members according to their position of succession. The list was an updated version with Lilibet’s name placed at number eight. 

The baby girl’s name was imputed below her older brother, Archie’s name, making him the seventh, while Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, moved down to the ninth position.

The update was also shared on Twitter by royal editor Omid Scobie. Some days before the update was published, the royal house received criticism from the media concerning the delay in Lilibet’s inclusion.

Archie and Lilibet would become Prince and Princess when their grandfather, Prince Charles, becomes King.

CRITICISMS OVER THE LINE OF SUCCESSION 

In a recent talk on the “Royal Rota” podcast, ITV royal editor Chris Ship suggested that the royal house was “making a point” by not including Lilibet’s name in the order of succession. 

He pointed out that there was a need to ask what was “taking them so long." Ship mentioned that all it took was for the instructions to be passed and for the “paragraph button” to be pushed so that the baby’s name would be added.

Describing the delay in line of succession update as “a little petulant,” Ship stated that other royal children’s names had been updated earlier in the past. He mentioned that Archie and Prince Louis’ names were updated days after their births. 

THE ROYAL LINE OF SUCCESSION 

The order of succession in the British monarchy means the order with which royal members would succeed. Presently, Queen Elizabeth maintains her position as the monarch.

Her firstborn, Prince Charles, who is said to be the longest-serving heir-apparent, is next in line to the throne. Charles’ first child, Prince William, will succeed him, while his own firstborn, Prince George, is currently third in line. 

Prince William’s second child, Princess Charlotte, is in the fourth position, and the third child, Prince Louis, is fifth in line to the throne. This makes Prince Harry, Charles’s second child, sixth in the line of succession.

His son, Archie, is in the seventh position, while Lilibet is number eight. The line of succession shifts to the Queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, who is ninth in line to the throne. His first daughter, Princess Beatrice, is tenth. 

Beatrice’s sister, Princess Eugenie, is in the eleventh position while her son, August Philip Brooksbank, is twelfth. Queen Elizabeth’s youngest son, Prince Edward, is in thirteenth place.

Edward’s young son, James, Viscount Severn, is fourteenth, and his teenage daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, is the fifteenth in the order of succession to the throne, and the list continues.

ARCHIE AND LILIBET’S TITLE

Presently Archie Harrison and his baby sister do not have access to the “Prince” and “Princess” titles. This is in accordance with the monarch rules set by Prince George V in 1917.

Archie and Lilibet would become Prince and Princess when their grandfather, Prince Charles, becomes King. According to the law, only the children and grandchildren of the King or Queen can hold the Prince and Princess titles. 

The great-grandchildren are not titled, Princes or Princesses. However, the exception is that the children of the oldest son of the Prince of Wales are allowed the title. This is why Prince William’s children have the Prince and Princess titles.

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