Harry and Meghan announce birth of baby daughter – with name to honour Queen and Diana

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have welcomed their second child – a baby daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

Harry and Meghan announced that the infant, a first sibling for Archie, was born on Friday in California.

Lili is named after her great-grandmother the Queen – who was affectionately nicknamed Lilibet by her family – and her grandmother, the late Princess Diana.

File photo dated 25/09/2019 of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex holding their son Archie during a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs Tutu at their legacy foundation in cape Town, on day three of their tour of Africa. Meghan and Harry will celebrate the second birthday of their son, who helped inspire his mother???s new picture book. Issue date: Thursday May 6, 2021.
Image:Lili is a first sibling for Archie, pictured here with his parents back in 2019

The couple said in a statement: “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 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.

“She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz (3.5kg). 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.

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“Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour 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 as they enjoy this special time as a family.”

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. Pic: Google Street View
Image:Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. Pic: Google Street View

Lili’s birth comes three months after her parents gave an explosive interview to Oprah Winfrey about their treatment from the media and the Royal Family.

Among the allegations were that a member of the family – not the Queen or the late Duke of Edinburgh – had raised concerns about the colour of Archie’s skin before he was born in May 2019.

Meghan also revealed late last year that she had a miscarriage in July 2020.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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