According to the Daily Mail, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle’s, personal information on the official royal family website has been updated to reflect her new status as a mother of two. The biography now reads, “The Duke and Duchess have two children, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.” Markle gave birth to Lilibet in June, so it’s been a little while coming. The former actress absconded to North America last year with husband Prince Harry and their son, Archie, and the family soon settled in a luxurious mansion in Montecito, California. Although Lilibet, who is eighth in line to the throne, was born in June, Markle was listed as a mother of one until at least the end of July.
The omission was initially highlighted by eagle-eyed royal watchers, who noted beleaguered royal Prince Andrew was still listed as eighth in the line of succession. ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship even suggested, during an appearance on the “Royal Rota” podcast, the family was purposely leaving Lilibet out. Ship argued, “You have got to ask what has taken them so long. All they have got to do is hit the paragraph button and put in a different number.” He then listed all the recently-born royal kids whose births must have required revisions, noting a week or two was an acceptable lapse but not a month. Describing it as “petulant,” Ship suggested, “maybe they are making a point.” Thankfully, it’s all been sorted now.