|Born||Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor|
4 June 2021
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
|Father||Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex|
|Royal family of|
the United Kingdom and the
other Commonwealth realms
Princess Lilibet of Sussex (Lilibet Diana; born 4 June 2021) is an American-born member of the British royal family. She is the daughter of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. She is a granddaughter of King Charles III and is seventh in the line of succession to the British throne. She was born during the reign of her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, whose childhood nickname was Lilibet.
Birth, family and infancy
Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, on 4 June 2021 at 11:40 PDT (18:40 UTC). Her birth, along with her name, were announced two days later. She is named after her paternal great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who was called "Lilibet" by her family, and her paternal grandmother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Her nickname is "Lili". She is the second child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and has an older brother, Archie. Lilibet is a member of the British royal family and has mixed-race ancestry, having African and European maternal lineage. She has dual citizenship of the United States and the United Kingdom.
Lilibet met her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and grandfather King Charles III, then the Prince of Wales, in-person for the first time when the family travelled to London for the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II in June 2022.
She was christened in the Episcopal Church, a province of the Anglican Communion, in a private service at her parents' home on 3 March 2023 by John H. Taylor, the Bishop of Los Angeles. Her godfather is the American actor and comedian Tyler Perry.
Titles, styles, and succession
At the accession of Charles III, Lilibet became entitled to use the title "princess" and style "royal highness" as the child of a son of the monarch, pursuant to letters patent issued by King George V in 1917. However, sources reported that it was unclear whether she would use that title, noting that not all members of the royal family who are eligible for a title choose to use one. An 8 March 2023 statement by a spokesperson for Lilibet's parents confirming her baptism days earlier marked the first time that her parents had publicly used her title of "princess", with the announcement referring to her as "Princess Lilibet Diana". The official website of the royal family was updated to refer to her as "Princess Lilibet of Sussex" on 9 March 2023. It was reported that any titles would be used in formal settings, but not in everyday conversations by her parents.
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...after a sensational interview with Oprah Winfrey in which Meghan, a 'biracial' American former actress, accused the royal family...
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Her birth in the United States makes her the most senior royal in the line of succession to have been born overseas. It also makes her a dual US-UK citizen, meaning that the youngest Sussex could potentially go on to become US President when she grows up.
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