Prince Harry, Meghan names daughter after Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have welcomed their second child and has named her Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the couple announced in a statement on Sunday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, released a statement Sunday announcing their daughter’s birth, who was born Friday at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California
“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,” the statement said.
“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,” it said, adding that the new arrival weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces (3.49 kilos) and that “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 honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales,” the statement added.
No photos of the newborn or the Sussexes accompanied the announcement.
Meghan and Harry also took to their Archewell website to share a personal message, writing, “On June 4th, 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.”
Queen Elizabeth and other senior royals, including Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Wiliam and Kate Middleton are said to be “delighted” upon hearing news of the birth of Meghan and Harry’s baby girl.
“The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said in a statement on Sunday.
Harry and Meghan’s first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was born May 6, 2019.
The couple announced that Meghan was pregnant in February and Harry revealed that they were expecting a girl during the Sussexes’ blockbuster interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.
“To have a boy then a girl — what more can you ask for?” Harry said.
They also shared they won’t have any more children following their baby girl’s arrival: “Two is it.”
Prince Harry added of his feelings upon learning the baby is a girl, “Grateful, having any child, any one or a two would have been amazing, but to have a boy and then a girl . . . now we’ve got our family and we’ve got four of us.”