- Lilibet Diana, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s seven-week-old daughter, has been added to the royal line of succession.
- Lilibet is now eighth in line to the British throne, one place behind her big brother Archie and two behind her father, Prince Harry.
- Prince Charles is first in line and heir apparent to the British throne, followed by Prince Wiliam and his children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
Lilibet Diana, daughter of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, has been officially added to the royal line of succession.
According to the official Royal.UK website, Lilibet is now eighth in line to the British throne, one place behind her older brother Archie, 2, and two places behind her father, Prince Harry, who is currently sixth in line.
The website was updated on Monday, seven weeks after Lilibet’s birth at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.
Her mother Meghan, who is not royal by birth, is not on the list. This is the same for Kate Middleton and other royal spouses such as Mike Tindall and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.
The royal line of succession draws its legal basis back to the 17th century, during the reign of William III (also known as William of Orange).
The most recent amendment was in 2013, which ended the system of male primogeniture that automatically placed male heirs above their sisters in the line of succession. Amendments also historically removed a rule that stripped a royal of their position if they married a Roman Catholic. These changes went into effect in March 2015 but will only apply to royal children born after October 28, 2011.
Lilibet’s position is still temporary, however. Her position may drop further down the line of succession below Prince William and Kate’s future grandchildren.
Prince Charles is currently first in line and heir apparent to Queen Elizabeth’s throne. He is followed by Prince William and his children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
Prince Charles, 72, is the longest-serving heir apparent in British history. He has held the position since then-Princess Elizabeth was crowned on February 6, 1952, during which the Prince of Wales was just 3 years old.
Source: Yahoo! Entertainment