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Meghan Markle has reportedly dropped her royal title on baby Lilibet Diana's birth certificate, using her maiden name instead.
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their second child together on the 4th of June, naming their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor (opens in new tab).
- Baby Lilibet’s birth certificate has now been released and Meghan reportedly hasn't used her royal title on the document, like she did on first-born Archie's one.
- This royal news (opens in new tab) comes after it was reported that friends of Prince Harry and Prince William fear reunion will be ‘a nod of recognition' and not a lot more (opens in new tab).
Lilibet is Her Majesty the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild (opens in new tab) and eighth in the line of succession (opens in new tab) - but her birth certificate is believed to show that just one parent is a royal, unlike her brother Archie's.
According to TMZ, Prince Harry's name is listed as His Royal Highness, The Duke of Sussex on the official document, but Meghan's pre-marital name has been used.
The former Suits star is listed as Meghan Rachel Markle, dropping her HRH title of The Duchess of Sussex on the certificate.
This differs from their son, Archie’s birth certificate, on which both parents are documented as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Although Prince Harry has been stripped of his military title, the couple is still permitted to use their HRH titles, as they were a gift from the Queen on their wedding day.
However, Meghan's use of the name she used before she stepped into the royal spotlight may be an indicator of just how far the couple wish to distance themselves from the monarchy.
This news follows Prince Harry’s return to the UK for Princess Diana's memorial, in honour of what would've been her 60th birthday next week. A statue is being unveiled at Kensington Palace and Prince Harry will join his brother, Prince William, for the poignant occasion.
This is the first time Harry is returning to the UK since Lilibet’s birth and was last in Windsor for Prince Philip's funeral in April.
It's thought that Meghan has not accompanied him (opens in new tab) on the trip, having remained at home on maternity leave with newborn Lilibet and two-year-old Archie.