Meghan Markle and Prince Harry gave birth to their second child, a little girl. The newborn baby born in California is the Queen’s eleventh great-grandchild and the fifth grandchild of Prince Charles.
“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 4th at 11:40 am under the trusted care of doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, “a Sussexes spokesman said in a statement to HuffPost.
“She weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces. Mother and child are alive and well and have settled in at home. Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet, ”the statement continues. “Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, the Princess of Wales.”
“This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two year old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers while they enjoy this special time as a family. “
Lilibet was first used when Princess Elizabeth was a toddler and couldn’t pronounce her own name correctly. Her grandfather, King George V, affectionately called her “Lilibet,” imitating her own attempts to say Elizabeth.
archewell.comThe official statement from Meghan and Harry was posted on the Archewell website.
The Duke of Edinburgh also called his wife Lilibet and wrote to his mother-in-law after the wedding: “Lilibet is the only ‘thing’ in the world that is absolutely real to me.”
Lili’s middle name Diana honors Harry’s future mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in a car accident in 1997 at the age of 12. Lili was born almost a month before the princess would have celebrated her 60th birthday on July 1st.
In addition to Elizabeth, Lili’s cousin Princess Charlotte also has Diana as one of her middle names. She is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
Anyone who wants to give Meghan and Harry a gift is asked to support organizations that work for women and girls.
A message on the Archewell website reads: “For those inquiring about gift sending, we would like you to support these organizations or learn more about these organizations that work for women and girls: Girls Inc., Harvest Home, CAMFED or Myna Mahila Foundation. “
The couple announced in a heartwarming post on social media that they are expecting their second child on Valentine’s Day.
“We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to have their second child, ”a spokesman for the couple said in a joint statement to HuffPost at the time.
MISAN HARRIMANA photo of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex accompanying the couple’s pregnancy announcement on Valentine’s Day.
Harry and Meghan welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6, 2019.
Archie, who turned two in May, is seventh in line to the throne despite not having a title. Meghan and Harry’s daughter will be eighth in line to the throne, ahead of Prince Andrew in ninth place.
While it was previously believed the couple didn’t want to give Archie a title, Meghan told Oprah Winfrey that the royals actually made the decision – which would mean Archie wouldn’t have royal security either.
“He must be safe,” said the Duchess to Winfrey. “If you say the title compromises your protection – we didn’t create this monster machine around us when it comes to clickbait and tabloid fodder. You have [the Firm] allows that to happen, which means that our son must be safe. “
The Diana Award, established to continue the legacy of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, added her congratulations.
Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
We wish the Duke, Duchess and little Archie our warmest wishes.
– The Diana Award (@DianaAward) June 6, 2021
In a tweet, the organization said: “Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
“We convey our warmest wishes to the Duke, Duchess and little Archie.”
The Prime Minister tweeted, “Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their daughter.”
Congratulations to The Duke & Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their daughter.
– Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) June 6, 2021
The Wellchild charity, of which Harry is the patron, congratulated the couple.
The organization tweeted: “Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
“We wish our patron The Duke and The Duchess a lot of fun at the start of this new adventure.”
With files from PA Media.