Harry and Meghan call daughter Princess Lilibet as they begin using royal titles

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's daughter Lilibet was called Princess for the first time at her christening, which was recently held at the couple's home in Montecito, California.

Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, who are also parents to Archie, three, held an intimate ceremony at their mansion on 3 March for their one year old daughter with around 20-30 close friends in attendance.

A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed: "I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday, March 3 by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the Rev John Taylor."

The occasion marked the first time Lilibet has been publicly referred to as Princess, after being given the title when her grandfather, King Charles, 74, acceded to the throne.

The rules set out by King George V in 1917 mean Archie and Lili, as the children of a son of a sovereign, are automatically a prince and a princess and also now have an HRH style if they choose to use it.

It is understood Lilibet’s title of princess and Archie’s title as a prince will be used in formal settings, but not in everyday conversational use by the couple.

Harry and Meghan are understood to be keen to not deny their children their birth-right, but to allow them the chance to decide for themselves when older whether to drop or keep using the titles.

Lilibet's christening was held at the Sussexes' family home, with guests including the likes of Tyler Perry, who is the one year old's godfather. He previously confirmed he had been asked to be Lilbet's godfather in an interview included in Harry and Meghan's six-part documentary series.

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Tyler is said to have flown in from his home in Atlanta with a gospel who performed This Little Light of Mine, which was played at Meghan and Harry's wedding in 2018.

Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, was also in attendance on the day, as well as Lilibet's unnamed godmother.

According to People, an invite to the ceremony "was extended" to Prince Harry's brother, Prince William, as well as his wife Kate Middleton, King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla, however none were in attendance.

The publication also reports that the day was full of fun, with an afternoon of food as well as Archie dancing with his younger sister.

Harry and Meghan welcomed daughter Lilibet in June 2021, following the birth of their son Archie in May 2019. The couple now reside in California with their two children, after deciding to step away from Royal duties in March 2020.


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