Oprah Winfrey has opened up on the role she thinks she will play in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby girl Lilibet’s life.
The American TV icon, who is close pals with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, says she expects the couple – who welcomed daughter Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor on June 4 – may not formally ask her to be godmother to the tot as they may want a younger candidate, before telling that she is “godmother by default.”
She told Entertainment Tonight: “I don’t need to be a godmother, I’m a godmother by default. I’m a neighbour, I’m a friend and all that, you probably need someone younger to be the godmother.”
Speculation has been rife that the glamorous 67-year-old will be handed the title of godparent to Lilibet due to her being a key figure in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s life – ever since they stepped down as senior working royals for life across the pond.
Oprah conducted the husband and wife’s first TV interview following their departure from the UK in which the couple dropped several bombshells about life alongside the other royals.
Philanthropist Oprah also co-produced the Apple TV+ docuseries The Me You Can’t See with Prince Harry that saw the two openly discuss Harry’s mental health battle as well as speak to several famous faces about the importance of opening up the discussion of mental wellbeing.
Harry and Meghan are expected to hold Lilibet’s christening behind closed doors, and her godparents are not expected to be revealed, the Telegraph recently reported.
Lilibet was born at 11.40am on Friday June 4 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California weighing in at 7lb 11oz.
The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s social media accounts shared their congratulations on the happy news.
Lilibet is the Queen’s family nickname and the choice pays tribute to the monarch at a challenging time for the Windsors, who are mourning the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh.
In a message of thanks on their Archewell website, Harry and Meghan said: “On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.
“She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe.
“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
The Sussexes’ press secretary confirmed the baby had been named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
She added: “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.”
The new baby is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild, and the first to be born since Philip’s death.
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