Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcome Lilibet Diana: Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla ‘delighted’
Senior members of the Royal Family have expressed their ‘delight’ at the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby daughter.
Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday, June 4 at 11.40am at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.
The Queen tonight led the royals in congratulating the couple who had made a touching tribute to her by naming their daughter ‘Lilibet’, short for Elizabeth.
Prince Harry’s father and brother Charles and William as well as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge also confirmed they had been ‘informed’ of the arrival.
The Queen, Prince Charles , Camilla and Prince William and Kate released a joint statement announcing that they had been ‘informed’ of the news. Pictured: Harry and Meghan other senior royals on the Buckingham Palace balcony in June 2018
News of the royal birth took two days to be announced, with Meghan confirmed to be back at home settling in the newborn today after her press secretary broke the news earlier. Pictured: The couple in Montecito earlier this year
A source has told Us Weekly that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have also ‘sent Lilibet a gift’ after hearing of her birth.
News of the royal birth took two days to be announced, with Meghan confirmed to be back at home settling in the newborn today after her press secretary broke the news earlier.
Unlike with their son Archie who was born in 2019 the couple Harry have not yet released a photo of their daughter.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: ‘The Queen, The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall , and The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge have been informed & are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’
A statement from their press secretary said: ‘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 new baby will be entitled to be a princess and Archie a prince – both with HRH styles – after the death of the Queen and when Charles becomes king. This is because they will have moved up the line of succession to become the children of a son of a monarch.
Despite Harry and Meghan quitting as senior working royals, the baby still has a place in the line of succession.
She is eighth in line to the throne, coming after Archie, who is seventh in line, and before the Duke of York, who has dropped to ninth place.
The new baby is also a first cousin of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and a fifth grandchild for Charles, but will grow up across the Atlantic, thousands of miles away from the royal family – at a time of heartbreak and division within the Windsors.
Harry and Meghan revealed they were expecting a girl in March during their explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. It was a lighter moment during a series of bombshells that left the monarchy in crisis.
Meghan accused an unnamed member of the royal family – not the Queen nor Duke of Edinburgh – of racism, saying they expressed concern about how dark Archie’s skin tone might be before he was born.