Lisa Wilkinson spots telling detail in royal response to baby Lili's arrival

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Lisa Wilkinson has pointed out a telling detail in the royal family's public response to the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's second child, daughter Lili.

The California-based couple welcomed Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in the morning of June 4 (US time) but held off announcing the news to the world until two days later.

Lisa Wilkinson wearing a black dress on the set of The Project
Lisa Wilkinson has a theory about the royal family's response to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby news.

Telling detail in royal response

Congratulations and well-wishes for the baby girl then came flooding in from the public and members of the royal family alike on social media.

As The Project host pointed out in her own tweet, the wording of the Twitter messages from the likes of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince William and Kate Middleton and the Queen were all slightly different.

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Harry's father and brother opted against using the Sussex's royal titles in their tweets unlike his grandmother, the Queen.

"Can't help noticing that neither the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, nor Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, used Harry and Meghan’s royal titles in the messages of congrats on the birth of baby Lilibet," Lisa wrote.

"The Queen - after whom the baby is named - was the only one that did," she added.

Tweet from Lisa Wilkinson about the royal response to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's birth announcement. Photo: Twitter/Lisa_Wilkinson.
Photo: Twitter/Lisa_Wilkinson.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England
Harry and Meghan delayed announcing their second child's birth as they did with their first, Archie in 2019. Photo: Getty Images.

Debate over titles

Whether or not the Sussexes should be allowed to continue using their royal titles has been the subject of much debate since the pair stepped back from official duties and left the UK in early 2020.

While no one from the royal family has ever openly shared their opinion on the matter, their decision to include — or exclude — the Duke and Duchess' titles in their messages could say it for them.

Lisa's fans had their own theories about the hidden meanings in the royals' tweets which they shared in the thread.

"Didn’t they quit the royal family? Can’t have it both ways," wrote one.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II sit together at a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England
Meghan and Harry named their new baby girl for the Queen. Photo: Getty Images.

"I think the Queen would forgive, the rest of the family are keeping their distance," said another.

A third argued that Charles and Camilla, William and Kate had chosen to do away with titles so they could 'respond warmly as close family' to Harry and Meghan's news.

"But the Queen is always the Queen," the user went on, "and therefore responds more formally. No more to it than that, I suspect. In fact, the tweet didn’t come from the Queen but from the Royal Family. So it was an official tweet, not a personal tweet like the others."

Another wrote: "If the family had used the Sussex’s titles the media would have criticised them for being cold and formal! They can’t win!"

One Twitter user was baffled by Harry and Meghan's decision to name Lili for the Queen, whose nickname as a girl was 'Lilibet'. Lili's second name, Diana, is of course in memory of her late grandmother, the Princess of Wales.

Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 to watch a military fly-past to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF)
Prince William and Kate Middleton did not use the Sussex's royal titles in their message. Photo: Getty Images.

"I'm confused that they have honoured the Queen with their daughter's name. H & M appear to spend a lot of time slamming Harry’s family. Am I missing something??" they wrote.

In response, a second user wrote: "Harry has always publicly expressed a great affection for his grandmother."

Royals respond to Lili's arrival

Here's how the various members of the royal family responded to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby news.

The Queen, via the @RoyalFamily account tweeted:

"Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana! The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news.

"Lilibet is Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild."

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, via the @ClarenceHouse account tweeted:

"Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie on the arrival of baby Lilibet Diana. Wishing them all well at this special time."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, via the @KensingtonRoyal account tweeted:

"We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili. Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie."

Tweet from @RoyalFamily congratulating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the birth of their second child, daughter Lili on June 6, 2021. Photo: Twitter/@RoyalFamily.
Photo: Twitter/@RoyalFamily.
Tweet from @ClarenceHouse congratulating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the birth of their second child, daughter Lili on June 6, 2021. Photo: Twitter/@ClarenceHouse.
Photo: Twitter/@ClarenceHouse.
Tweet from @KensingtonRoyal congratulating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the birth of their second child, daughter Lili on June 6, 2021. Photo: Twitter/@KensingtonRoyal.
Photo: Twitter/@KensingtonRoyal.

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