Prince Harry And Meghan Welcomes Their Second Child, Lilibet Diana
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced the birth of their second child on Friday (6/4). The baby girl is named Lilibet.
A statement from the couple released on Sunday (6/6) read. “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. “Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.”
The statement continued, “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. 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.”
“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.”
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.”
Lilibet Diana Is Named After Harry’s Late Mother, Princess Diana, and His Grandmother
The statement said the child is named after Queen Elizabeth, Harry’s grandmother, “whose family nickname is Lilibet.” Her middle name of Diana was chosen to honor Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.
The couple has a 2-year-old son, Archie, and wished to thank the public “for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.”
Lilibet is eighth in the line of succession for the throne. Harry and Meghan’s children do not have titles like “prince” or “princess” because only the grandchildren of the monarch have those titles, although Queen Elizabeth made an exception for William’s children since they are in the direct line of succession.
Harry’s brother, Prince William, and sister-in-law, Catherine, issued a statement Sunday afternoon saying they are “all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili. Congratulations to Harry, Meghan, and Archie.” And their father, Prince Charles, issued a similar statement, saying they were “wishing them all well at this special time.”
Harry and Meghan have been estranged from his family since at least January 2020, when the couple announced they would be stepping down from royal duties.
In a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, the couple detailed some of the disagreements they had with his family, including how there were conversations when she was pregnant with Archie about “how dark” his skin color would be.