Royals are ‘making a point’ by not including baby Lilibet in the same honour given to Archie and the Cambridge kids

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Creative Industries and Business Reception on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Baby Lilibet’s name has finally been added to the official line of succession list after seven weeks, and a royal expert has claimed this could have been a deliberate move to "make a point".

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their second child (opens in new tab) together, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten- Windsor (opens in new tab) on the 4th of June.

Lilibet is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild and is eighth in the line of succession, however, she has only just been added to the official succession list on the royal website.

Despite being born seven weeks ago, Lilibet's name, which has a touching connection to the Queen, was noticeably missing from the list of royals in line to the throne, in the weeks following her birth. Her brother, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor (opens in new tab), is seventh in the line, and according to OK! he was added just 15 days after his birth.

The Sun has also reported that Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children were added even quicker, with Prince Louis’ name being added to the list just 12 days after his birth.

members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a fly-past of aircraft by the Royal Air Force, in London on June 8, 2019.

Speaking on the Royal Rota podcast, ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship suggested that The Firm may have intentionally left Lilibet off of the list. 

"You have to ask what has taken them so long. All they have got to do is hit the paragraph button and put in a different number," he said. 

"They did it for Archie, clearly, they did it for Louis when he was born. So where’s Lilibet?

"It does feel like to me, maybe they are making a point."

This follows continued tensions between the Sussex' and the royal family since they stepped down as senior royals (opens in new tab) and moved to LA (opens in new tab)

The rift is likely to continue as the couple's belongings have now been removed from Frogmore cottage (opens in new tab) and the Queen has expressed concern (opens in new tab) after the announcement of four ‘wholly truthful’ books by Prince Harry, in a £29 million deal.