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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have the same plans for Lili that Princess Diana always wanted for Harry, royal experts have revealed.
The couple welcomed their second child, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on June 4th.
And according to royal sources, the little girl's late grandmother's "fierce spirit" will inform how she's raised.
"Archie was born in London and met the Queen along with the extended royal family within the first few days of his life, whereas Lili is the first royal to be born outside of the UK, distanced from her relatives during a time of tense, emotional turmoil," one expert tells OK!
"Both Harry and Meghan will undoubtedly spend a lot of time consciously championing their daughter so she feels powerful and connected in her own right."
He continues: "They will educate her to be interested in the world around her and encourage her to find her own voice.
"This is exactly what Princess Diana did with her second child – Harry – who often got less attention than William because he wasn't destined to be King."
When Princess Diana wed Prince Charles at 19, she was greatly ill-prepared for the media attention and for the constraints and pressures of royal life.
And when she had her sons, she was determined to do something different.
Royal author Omid Scobie says that while she sought to protect both of her sons, Diana was particularly conscious that Harry, as the second child, might feel inferior to Prince William – not only his older brother but heir to the throne and future King.
"Diana had tried to imbue in her younger son that he should never let anyone make him feel that he wasn’t special just because he would never be King," Scobie says. "If anything, she reasoned, he was lucky, because Harry had the opportunity to find his purpose."
According to experts, the Queen Mother was particularly bad when it came to showing favouritism towards Prince William.
"Harry was always less than his brother," royal biographer Angela Lewin explained. "The late Queen Mother would always invite Prince William over for tea and talk to him about his future and not invite Prince Harry."
But Diana had thoughtful and clever ways of counteracting this favouritism.
Royal author Katie Nicholl says Princess Diana would ask for Harry to be photographed too when William was posing for official pictures. And she would take Harry out for special 'mother and son' lunches and build up his confidence so he didn't feel overshadowed by his older brother.
"Prince William’s role has always been defined," Katie says. "What he’s going to do has always been clearly outlined. Harry, like spares historically in the royal family, has had to find a role for himself."
Princess Diana famously refused to leave her sons behind as babies when she traveled for royal tours, she and Prince Charles put the princes in public schools, and Princess Diana was adamant about giving Prince William and Prince Harry normal experiences like McDonald’s, amusement parks and family vacations.
Moreover, she instilled a spirit of humanitarian in the princes by showing them the importance of reaching out to the less fortunate. In doing so, she also made sure Prince Harry felt equal and valued.
Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan announced their decision to step away from the British royal family, opinions, think pieces, and discussions have bubbled up concerning their very personal choice. While some people have expressed frustration with Megxit, others seem to understand where the Sussexes are coming from.
But as Harry revealed in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he is absolutely sure his mother would not only approve of the couple's decision, but be proud of them for it.
"The way Harry plans to raise both Archie and Lili is directly impacted by the life lessons he was taught by his mother," one royal expert says.
"Princess Diana was adamant about Prince William and Prince Harry having some normalcy in their lives and Harry has simply taken this one step further – something Diana probably couldn't even imagine was available to her.
"Harry's never felt more connected to his mother's fierce spirit since moving to LA."
Following her separation and leading to her divorce from Prince Charles in the early to mid-’90s, Princess Diana began shining a light on many of her experiences as a royal. She spoke openly about the harassment that she endured at the hands of the press.
The princess was also steadfast about making sure that her sons had some semblance of normalcy despite their status.
“I’ve taken the children to all sorts of areas where I’m not sure anyone of that age in this family has been before,” she told BBC in 1995. “And they have a knowledge – they may never use it, but the seed is there, and I hope it will grow because knowledge is power.”
Having lived his life in the spotlight, Prince Harry was adamant about Archie not having to endure the same kinds of pressure. For example, when he was born on March 6, 2019, the Sussexes made the decision not to give him a royal title.
Now that they have left the royal fold and moved to LA, Archie and Lili will certainly experience a much quieter life than their royal cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
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