Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might be stepping out into the public eye more and more in recent weeks, but when it comes to their children, things are remaining very private. The couple moved to California in early 2020, just months before the COVID-19 pandemic started ravaging the world, and quietly, they have been expanding their family. In June 2021, Prince Harry and Markle welcomed their daughter, Lilibet Diana — and while the meaning behind her name made headlines, fans have yet to see an official photo of the baby girl, and it seems as though the couple intends to keep it that way. Keep reading to see how they’re going to break royal tradition with Lilibet in the process.
Lilibet Diana was born in June 2021
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have always been open with their followers about their desire to have a family of their own. Considering their son Archie Harrison was born in 2019, many fans speculated that it wouldn’t be long before the couple had a second baby. In early 2021, Prince Harry and Markle confirmed that they were expecting their second (and final) baby, and that the new addition was a girl.
In June 2021, a spokesperson for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed that the two had welcomed their daughter, whom they named Lilibet Diana. No picture of the baby was released to accompany the announcement, but the happy couple did publish a short statement that read “on June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili. She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe.”
What royal tradition could Prince Harry and Meghan Markle break with Lilibet Diana?
Although Lilibet Diana has a rich heritage, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be keeping her life as private as possible — at least, until she is old enough to choose her own path. Their desire to keep her life private extends to her christening, which is traditionally a very public affair for members of the royal family. According to BestLife, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want Lilibet Diana to be christened at a chapel in California, rather than at the private chapel near Windsor Castle that Archie Harrison was baptized at. Notably, Prince Harry and several other key members of the royal family were baptized at the same chapel, making it a tradition for the royals.
“It seems certain that [Lilibet’s] christening will be in Meghan’s home state and with the secrecy but without the controversy that surrounded Archie’s christening,” said royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams. While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle haven’t addressed this rumor directly, fans of the couple will undoubtedly remember the controversy that surrounded Archie Harrison’s baptism.
Archie Harrison’s christening was a highly-publicized affair
When Archie Harrison was born in May 2019, many fans of the royal family wanted to learn as much as they could about the baby. However, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose to keep his early years low-key, and instead of sharing information about his baptism, they kept the event private, refusing to list the names of his godparents. This didn’t stop fans from speculating, and many slammed the couple for not being more forthcoming with their son’s big event.
Some sources believe that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to keep Lilibet Diana’s christening in California would be seen as a clear rejection of the royal family — which might serve to deepen the reported feud between Prince Harry and members of his family. At this point in time, no one can say for sure what the royal couple might do, but it certainly seems as though they are determined to continue to make their own way.