Why Lilibet Diana will be able to become a princess one day

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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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter Lilibet will one day have the right to become a Princess according to this 1917 royal rule.

  (opens in new tab)Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor (opens in new tab) was born on the 4th of June and is the second child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. She is now the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild (opens in new tab) and eighth in the royal line of succession (opens in new tab).

Her name has a lovely connection to Prince Philip (opens in new tab) and the Queen and was involved in the Queen’s final note to Prince Philip at his funeral. (opens in new tab)

Currently, she and her older brother Archie, are known as Master and Miss. However, the children will be eligible for prince and princess titles when Prince Charles becomes King.

ueen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lord's Chamber on December 19, 2019 in London, England

According to OK! magazine, Lilibet will be able to become a princess when Prince Charles becomes king as she is one of his grandchildren. This change occurs because of a royal rule ordered in 1917 by King George V.

The rule says, ‘The grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes of these Our Realms.’

It states that any children and grandchildren of the King or Queen will be given the title of ‘Royal Highness'. This rule was brought into place to limit the number of Princes and Princesses as the royal family grew to only those in direct succession.

Prince Charles publicly expressed his delight (opens in new tab) at the birth of baby Lilibet, calling it such ‘happy news’, and he and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall posted a statement congratulating Harry and Meghan on their daughter's birth.

Naomi Jamieson
Naomi Jamieson

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, fashion, and entertainment for Goodto.com and My Imperfect Life.