The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have welcomed their second child, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, into the world.
The baby, Archie’s first sibling, was delivered on Friday in California, according to Prince Harry and Meghan.
Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who was affectionately known as Lilibet by her family, and her grandmother, Princess Diana, who died in 1997.
“The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been notified and are thrilled with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” a Buckingham Palace official said.
Lili is the Queen’s first great-grandchild to be born outside of the United Kingdom.
She was born at 11.40 a.m. on Friday, according to the couple’s press secretary, “under the trusted care of the doctors and staff of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.”
She weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces (3.5 kilogrammes), and she and Meghan are “healthy and well, and settling comfortably at home,” according to reports.
The statement said, “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.”
“Diana was chosen as her middle name in honour of her late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.
“This is the couple’s second child; Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, their two-year-old son, is the couple’s first.
“As they enjoy this unique time as a family, the Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm thoughts and prayers.”
On their Archewell website, Harry and Meghan, who reside in Montecito and are currently on parental leave, said: “Lili, our baby, arrived on June 4th, and we were overjoyed.
“She is all we could have hoped for, and we are grateful for the love and prayers we’ve received from all over the world. Thank you for your ongoing kindness and support as our family goes through this difficult time.”
While the couple was on leave, according to the website, “Archewell will continue to post stories on the site and undertake vital work. We are excited to see you!”
Following the Buckingham Palace statement, the Royal Family Twitter account sent Harry and Meghan a message of congratulations, along with a photo of them on their wedding day.
It read: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are the proud parents of Lilibet Diana!
“The news has delighted the Queen, the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild is Lilibet.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also used their @KensingtonRoyal account to tweet independently.
“We are all overjoyed by the good news of baby Lili’s arrival,” they stated.
“Wishing Harry, Meghan, and Archie all the best.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also tweeted his congratulations, saying, “Many congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their baby.”
Other comments have arrived from politicians, celebrities, and others on both sides of the Atlantic, including former Star Trek actor William Shatner and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.
The new baby is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild, and the first of the monarch’s and Prince Philip’s great-grandchildren born since the Duke of Edinburgh’s death in April.
Princess Elizabeth was given the name Lilibet when she was a youngster and couldn’t speak her own name properly.
Her grandfather, King George V, would fondly refer to her as ‘Lilibet,’ a play on her own attempts to pronounce Elizabeth.
Her relatives began to refer to her as Lilibet when the nickname stuck.
“Lilibet is the only ‘thing’ in the universe that is entirely real to me,” Prince Philip wrote to his mother-in-law after their wedding, referring to his bride as Lilibet.
Lili was born three months after her parents gave Oprah Winfrey an explosive interview about their treatment by the media and the Royal Family.
One of the allegations was that a family member, neither the Queen or the late Duke of Edinburgh, had expressed worries about Archie’s skin colour before his birth in May 2019.
Meghan also stated that she experienced a miscarriage in July 2020 late last year.
Sky’s royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills commented on the baby news today: “We already knew they were having a daughter because they revealed it during their March interview with Oprah.
“This completes their family, as they now have a daughter to add to their son Archie, who turned two in May.
“But, of course, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have had a difficult time, with a great deal of attention focused on them.
“What I find fascinating is that the child was born on Friday, and they have chosen to wait a few days before disclosing to the public that they have a new addition to their family.
“And I believe it’s an indication of their desire to do things differently. They left the UK because they didn’t want to be tied to the royal lifestyle any longer.
“They wanted to start a new way of life that was financially independent, and this is another example of them demonstrating how they want to do things. The couple is overjoyed that they now have a daughter in their lives.”
Mills continued, ” “That name Lili, after Her Majesty The Queen, is a wonderful nod.
“And the middle name Diana shows how important Princess Diana was to Prince Harry as a young boy, but also how tragically young he lost her.”
When the Queen dies and Prince Charles becomes king, Lili will be a princess and Archie will be a prince, both with HRH styles.
This is due to the fact that they will have risen via the line of succession to become the children of a monarch’s son.
Despite Harry and Meghan’s decision to leave their positions as senior working royals, the baby is still in line for the throne.
Lili is the eighth in line to the throne, following Archie, who is the seventh.
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“For anyone wondering about donating presents, we would suggest that you donate or learn more about these organisations working for women and girls: Girls Inc., Harvest Home, CAMFED, or Myna Mahila Foundation,” stated a note on the Archewell website.