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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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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."
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