Lilibet Diana not bound to same royal rules Meghan and Harry had to follow with Archie

Lilibet Diana: Expert on details being kept 'under wraps'

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been able to celebrate the arrival of baby Lilibet Diana “as the couple wanted” due to their new freedom since Megxit. A royal expert has said that enjoying some private family “is something that Meghan and Harry would have wanted to prioritise from the get-go” as they were unable to do so with first born Archie Harrison. 

Royal expert Charlie Lankston said: “When Archie was born, Meghan and Harry were still active members of the Royal Family and they were still considered paid employees. As a result, they had to follow a few royal traditions and protocols.”

“They tried to bend the rule and do things in their own way even then, for example, they didn’t do the traditional photo call outside the hospital which Kate Middleton had done for the arrival of all three of her children.

“They also chose to do the introduction of baby Archie a little bit later down the line and in different circumstances. They didn’t pose for the world’s photographers, they did the announcement in a much more intimate space with just a few select members of the media. 

Archie Harrison was born on May 6, 2019 at Portland Hospital. 

He was introduced to the world two days after his birth at a photocall in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle. 

In comparison, Meghan and Harry have been able to enjoy their first few weeks with baby Lilibet in privacy and are yet to release any photographs of the newborn. 

Ms Lankston continued: “When it comes to Lili, everything has been done as the couple wanted.

“Giving themselves that time to enjoy family life as a foursome before revealing the birth to the world is something Meghan and Harry will have wanted to prioritise from the get-go and that’s just one of the many reasons why they chose to leave the Royal Family in the first place.”

Lilibet “Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40am at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. 

The couple announced her arrival on the Sunday evening, giving themselves two days to settle in at their Montecito home in privacy. 

A spokesperson for the couple said both mother and baby were “healthy and well, and settling in at home.” 

Later on, the couple took to their website Archewell to thank the public for their kind wishes and said their daughter was “more than we could ever have imagined”. 


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Named Lilibet Diana, the choice of name is a tribute to both the Queen and Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana. 

Lilibet was the childhood nickname of the Queen. As a child, she was unable to pronounce Elizabeth, which led to her parents King George VI and the Queen Mother affectionately calling her Lilibet. 

In order to help the young family of four, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland has reportedly moved into their Californian home to offer her assistance. 

Prince Harry is next due to return to the UK in July to unveil a statue in his mother’s memory. Meghan is expected to remain at home with their two young children.

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