Harry and Meghan are said to have shared a picture of their newborn Lili with the royal family through a WhatsApp chat (Image: Getty Images)
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reportedly shared a picture of newborn Lilibet with the rest of their family on a WhatsApp family chat.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are said to have shared a picture of their first daughter Lilibet Diana Windsor-Mountbatten with members of the royal family through the instant messaging platform.
The couple, who now live in a £11m mansion in the US, said it was with "great joy" that their second child was born on June 4, weighing 7lb 11oz.
Lili, is eighth-in-line to the throne after her older brother Archie, two, was born at a hospital in Santa Barbara, California, where Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, moved last year.
Mike Tindall previously said his brother and his wife Zara's relatives are on the chat
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The recent reports of them choosing to privately share a picture of their daughter on the royal WhatsApp chat have prompted curiosity about who is part of it.
So what royal family members have been added and what is its purpose?
According to the husband of William and Harry's cousin Zara Tindall, it's not much different from the sort of chats you would have with your own family.
Kate Middleton says she can't wait to meet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby Lilibet
Mike Tindall, who has three children with his wife Zara, previously told Good Morning Britain: “It’s just what you do to try and set up get-togethers and we are going to something that is the same.
“If you are going to go, ‘Are you going to take the kids?’ Quite a lot of people have family WhatsApp groups.
"I don’t think it’s a new revelation."
The former rugby star also previously told the Mirror the chat includes some of Zara's "cousins", which are most likely to include not just William and Harry, but their respective wives Kate and Meghan too.
William and Kate are believed to be in the chat too
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“Me, my brother and then a few of Zara’s side, like her brother Pete and the cousins are on WhatsApp groups," he said.
He made the comments back in 2018, which actually suggests the chat has managed to stay alive for at least three years.
While it speeds and simplifies communication, Mike did admit it can be tough to stay on top of all the messages he gets.
“I wouldn’t say we’re cutting edge, but it’s just easier for some reason on WhatsApp,” he said.
“I’m in about 25,000 groups. You might do it for a get-together and just stay on the group, and occasionally people will post.
"You’re scared to leave because you don’t want to be seen to be rude.”
Not much more is known about the royals' chat.
But with the pandemic keeping so many people apart, and with Harry, one of the main components of the family, now being in a different country, it must have been a handy tool for them all to stay in touch.