Lili, full name Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on 4 June 2021, she is the daughter of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and the former actress Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Her names were chosen to honour her great grandmother, the Queen, Lilibet was a childhood nickname of the Queen amongst her family and Harry's much loved and popular late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. The Queen’s late husband Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 is said to have been the last person allowed to address her by such a personal endearment.
Lili is the eleventh great-grandchild of the Queen and currently lies eighth in the line of succession to the British throne, following immediately after her brother Archie Harrison-Mountbatten Windsor. She was born in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, USA, on the fourth of June, 2021.
As the daughter of a duke, Lili is entitled to the title of Lady, however, as is the case with her brother Archie, it isn't likely that she will use this title. King George V issued letters patent in November 1917, under the terms of which, she is entitled to use the title 'princess' on the accession of her grandfather, Charles, Prince of Wales, to the throne. However, in line with Charles' wishes to slim down the royal family when he succeeds to the throne, this remains, as yet, unclear.
There are many surprises in Lili Mountbatten-Windsor's varied family tree. As well as British kings, they include monarchs of Greece, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Sweden, Russia, France, Austria, Spain and Germany and include such diverse characters as Charlemagne, King Harold, the last Saxon King of England, as well as William the Conqueror, and El Cid.
On the Duchess' side of the family, her father. Thomas Markle, a former television lighting director, is of German, English and Irish descent, Among Meghan's, more distant ancestors can be found an American colonial family which can be traced to Captain Christopher Hussey (died 1686), a founder of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Her mother, Doria Ragland descends from African American enslaved people in Georgia. The oral tradition passed down in the Ragland family relates the first identifiable Ragland ancestor as Richard Ragland, born in Jonesboro, Georgia, in 1830. Following the abolition of slavery in 1865 he died a free man.