Why we probably won't see a photo of Meghan and Harry's daughter for a while

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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed the arrival of their baby daughter over the weekend, a little sister to their two-year-old son Archie.

Prince Harry and Meghan named their little girl Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, in tribute to the Queen, as Lilibet was Her Majesty's nickname as a child, and in honour of Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana.

While many fans will be hoping for a photo of Lili, it's unlikely the couple will be releasing one any time soon. Since stepping back from senior royal duties, the duke and duchess are no longer required to share images or information about their children to the public.

When Archie turned two in May, Harry and Meghan chose not reveal his face and instead, released a picture of their little boy with his back to the camera. In the photo, which they shared on their Archewell charity website, Archie could be seen holding balloons in what appeared to be their garden in Montecito. To commemorate Archie's 1st birthday last year, Meghan shared a clip of herself reading him a book as part of a charity campaign for Save the Children.

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When the pair announced their second pregnancy, they shared a black and white photo of themselves outside, with Meghan cradling Archie in her arms, while keeping his face firmly out of the pic.

For their Christmas card last year, which was released through animal welfare charity The Mayhew, they used an artistic rendering of a family pic of themselves outside their home to protect their son's identity, from a photograph originally taken by Meghan's mother Doria Ragland.

Photo credit: TOBY MELVILLE - Getty Images
Photo credit: TOBY MELVILLE - Getty Images

The Sussexes did recently release a short clip featuring Archie as part of Harry's new Apple+ TV docuseries called The Me You Can't See. The video shows Archie running along a beach with Meghan and their two dogs Guy and Pula. It would seem they feel more comfortable sharing video clips rather than images of Archie.

Going back to Archie's birth in 2019, Harry and Meghan were required to introduce their newborn son to the world via a photocall at Windsor, and were filmed holding their child two days after his birth. During a brief interview with press, Meghan said: "It's magic, it's pretty amazing, and I have the two best guys in the world, so I'm really happy."

They also took Archie with them during their official tour of Africa in October of 2019.

Now that they have more freedom and have removed themselves from royal duties, it's unlikely we'll see a picture of Lilibet anytime soon - and if we do, we doubt they'll include her face in the photo. The couple also waited a few days before announcing the news of their daughter's arrival, releasing the statement: "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.

"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. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.

"Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales."

Congrats, Harry and Meghan!

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