British Royal Family

The main reason why Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry may not share a picture of Lilibet any time soon

The world waits.

By Faye Couros
The world is celebrating the news that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed their daughter into the world.
Now that we know her gorgeous name, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, a perfect tribute to two women Harry holds dear to his heart, we are eager to see a picture of their daughter.
However, royal fans may need to be patient or even accept that the Sussexes may not choose to share a photo for some time.
The gorgeous image, captured by Misan Harriman, showed the family's pregnancy joy. Misan Harriman
It's well known that last year Meghan and Harry stepped back as senior working members of the royal family and relocated to the US.
Since then, the couple has chosen a more private approach to releasing pictures of their young family to the public.
They have rarely shown Lilibet's older brother Archie's face - even in their most recent picture of the toddler from his second birthday, Archie is facing away from the camera as he looks up at the balloons he is holding.
Because they no longer live on the public purse as serving royal family members, there is less pressure to share information or photos. This "permission" as such to be able to have more privacy for the children was apparently a key reason opting out of royal life.
Meghan and Harry took two days to announce their daughter's arrival, indicating they felt no rush to notify the public immediately.
The news of Lilibet's birth arrived on Monday morning (Australian time), and although we don't know intimate details about the delivery, a statement released by the family revealed where and at what time Meghan gave birth.
Archie on his birthday. Image: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex via Archwell
"It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world," the statement read.
"Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.
"She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz (3.48kg). Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home."
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have opted for a more private life. Getty
The statement continued: "Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor (sic) her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.
"This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family," the statement read.

Want more coverage on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal baby? Check out the below stories:

read more from