Thursday, 17 Jun 2021

Meghan Markle and Harry to break with royal tradition again with first pic of baby Lilibet

Lilibet Diana 'won't have a photo call' says expert

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will release their first pictures of newborn baby Lilibet in their own individual way, and will avoid the traditional photocall that is customary of Royal Family members. A royal expert said that the result of Megxit will allow the couple to “take the opportunity of that freedom” to release images from the privacy of their own home. 

Charlie Lankston, the US Femail Editor of Daily Mail said: “They obviously did that lovely birth announcement with a picture of pregnant Meghan and Harry cuddling her. I think they will go much the same route when it comes to sharing that first picture of Lili.

“It won’t be a photocall, they aren’t going to stand outside their home, holding up their baby for the world to see.

“What they will do is take photos – likely in the privacy of their own home, possibly in the garden, possibly inside with Meghan holding Lili – but what we do know is that it will be a very individually done shoot.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced the arrival of their daughter on Sunday evening. 

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The Duchess gave birth on Friday at 11:40am at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. The baby weighed 7lbs 11oz and a spokesperson for the couple said that both mother and baby are “healthy and well”.

Named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the couple have decided to honour both the Queen and Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana. 

Lilibet was the childhood nickname for Queen that was used by her parents King George VI and his wife, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex thanked the public for their support and said that their daughter was “more than we could have ever imagined”. 

Lilibet has now joined her older brother, two-year-old Archie Harrison, at the family’s home in Montecito, California. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke royal tradition following Archie’s arrival by deciding against a photocall outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital. 

Previous members of the Royal Family, such as the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Anne and Princess Diana have all posed outside the Lindo Wing for the press following the arrival of their children.

Meghan and Harry opted to do a photocall at St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle two days after Archie had been born. 

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To announce that they were expecting a second child, the couple shared a black and white image of the Duke cuddling a visibly pregnant Duchess in their back garden. 

It was released on Valentine’s Day and was photographed by a close friend of the couple, Misan Harriman. 

Their newborn daughter Lilibet is the Queen’s eleventh great-grandchild and is currently eighth in line to the throne. 

It is expected for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to now spend some time away from the public spotlight, in order to settle in with their newborn Lilibet and their son Archie. 

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