‘GREAT JOY’: Harry and Meghan honour Queen, Diana with baby name
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed their second child, a baby girl, with two very special royal nods.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the birth of their daughter overnight, whom they have named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
Meghan, 39, is said to be “well” after giving birth in California on Friday morning, the couple announced. Their daughter’s name makes reference to both her grandmother, Princess Diana, and her great grandmother, the Queen.
Lilibet was the Queen’s family nickname and the name Prince Philip used to call her, The Sun reports.
No photos of the newborn or the happy couple have yet been released.
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 7lbs 11oz (3.5kg). Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.
Their new bundle of joy will be a little sister to Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who turned two in May.
“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet,” the couple explained.
“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.”
It’s interesting to note the Sussexes daughter was born in a US hospital, while Archie was born in the UK a few months before Meghan and Harry moved to California early last year, after stepping down as senior royals of the British royal family.