Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor better known as Princess Lilibet is the daughter of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. She is the couple’s second child and their first-born daughter. Since her birth in 2021, only a few photos have been seen, but from a young age, it was obvious Lilibet is a natural redhead. Her older brother Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Prince Archie of Sussex also takes after their father when it comes to vibrant hair color.
Lilibet has only had one official portrait released, in honor of her first birthday, that also showcased her red hair. But, a recent photo in June of 2023 shows Lilbet, now age 2, with her father and a head of flaming red hair. In January, the Duke of Sussex appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “Your daughter Lilibet is named in her honor,” Colbert said, referencing Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II. “Having children helps us remember those that we’ve lost. Do you see your mother or your grandparents in any of your children?”
“Definitely my mum. The ginger gene is a strong one!” Prince Harry joked as the studio audience laughed. “Look at that. Both of them are redheads,” the host said. “The Spencer gene is very, very strong,” Harry interjected, referencing his maternal side of the family. “I actually really, genuinely thought at the beginning of my relationship [with Meghan] that should this go the distance and we have kids that there’s no way the ginger gene will stand up to my wife’s genes, but I was wrong!”
“Go gingers,” he added.
In fact, all three of Princess Diana’s siblings — Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Charles, 9th Earl Spencer — have naturally red hair. Harry joked about his hair color when reflecting on the early days of his relationship with his wife in the Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan, which debuted in December.
“I remember my family first meeting her and being incredibly impressed. Some of them didn’t quite know what to do with themselves,” Harry said after the pair retold the story of Meghan’s first meeting with Queen Elizabeth. “I think they were surprised. Maybe surprised that a ginger could land such a beautiful woman and such an intelligent woman.”
Watch Access Hollywood’s coverage on Lilibet’s red hair:
Rock it like a Redhead!