Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s daughter, Lilibet Diana, has been officially added to the royal line of succession — seven weeks after her birth in California.
The official Royal.UK website was updated on Monday to show Lilibet as eighth in line to the British throne. This is one place behind her big brother, Archie, 2, and two behind Prince Harry, who is currently sixth in.
Since she is not royal by birth, Meghan does not appear on the list, nor does Kate Middleton or any other royal spouses.
The legal basis for the line of succession dates back to the 17th century and the reign of William III. It was most recently amended in 2013 to end the system of male primogeniture, which automatically placed male heirs above their sisters in the line of succession.
These amendments also removed a historic rule that a royal could not keep their position on the list if they married a Roman Catholic. The changes came into force in 2015 — but only apply to royal children born after October 28, 2011.
However, Lilibet’s position on the list is not set in stone, as it can slip further down the line of succession if any of William and Kate’s children become parents in the future.
At the moment Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis hold places three to five on the list, behind their father and their grandfather, Prince Charles, who is first in line and heir apparent to the British throne.
Charles, 72, also holds the record for being the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, having held the position since 1952. The Prince of Wales was just 3 years old at the time.