• Baby Lilibet should be eighth in line for the throne
  • Her spot is still currently held by Prince Andrew
  • Lilibet's absence in the official list comes after Prince Harry and Meghan's royal exit

It has been two months since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their daughter Lilibet, but the baby is still missing from the Royal line of succession. The lack of action by the Palace has left some questioning the discrepancy, as Lilibet’s brother Archie was added to the line of succession just two weeks after his birth in 2019.

Born Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in June, the baby should have been listed as eighth in line for the throne by now. However, the official list still lists Prince Andrew as the eighth in the line of succession, Page Six reported.

Just as Archie was given a spot in the official list two weeks after his birth, Prince William and Kate’s son, Prince Louis, was given the fifth spot less than two weeks after his birth in 2018. Interestingly, the absence of Lilibet’s name in the Royal line of succession comes after her parents’ decision to step back from their senior royal duties and leave Britain.

After announcing their plans to step down as senior royal family members in January 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan made their final official engagement in March 2020 and prepared to head to Canada to build their own Sussex brand. Following a brief stay in Vancouver, they moved to California to build their family away from the spotlight.

In the wake of their exit from Britain, they gave an explosive interview to Oprah Winfrey in March, in which they detailed the racism and intense isolation experienced by Meghan inside the royal family.

In this week’s episode of the Royal Rata podcast, ITV’s Chris Ship suggested the absence of Lilibet in the Royal line of succession sends a message to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. “You have to got to ask what has taken them so long,” said Ship.

“All they have got to do is hit the paragraph button and put in a different number. They must have done it before. They did it for Archie. Clearly, they did it for Louis when he was born. And they have done it for some of the other children like August that have been born as well,” he added.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: 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. Chris Jackson/Getty Images