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Harry and Meghan announce birth of baby daughter

Written by on 6 June 2021

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

Prince 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.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”

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

Lili is the first of the Queen’s great-grandchildren to be born outside the UK.

The Sussexes 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 11.40am in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.

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“She weighed 7lbs 11oz (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.

“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.”

Harry and Meghan, who live in Montecito and are now on parental leave, also said on their Archewell website: “On June 4, 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.”

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. Pic: Google Street View Image: Lili was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. Pic: Google Street View

The website added that while the couple were on leave “Archewell will continue to do important work and publish stories on the site. We look forward to seeing you!”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also sent a message of goodwill, tweeting: “Many congratulations to The Duke & Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their daughter.”

The new baby is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild – poignantly the first of the monarch and Prince Philip’s great-grandchildren to be born since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in April.

Lilibet was first used when Princess Elizabeth was a toddler and unable to pronounce her own name properly.

Her grandfather, King George V, would affectionately call her ‘Lilibet’ imitating her own attempts to say Elizabeth.

The nickname stuck and from then on she became Lilibet to her family.

Prince Philip also referred to his wife as Lilibet, writing to his mother-in-law after their wedding: “Lilibet is the only ‘thing’ in the world which is absolutely real to me.”

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.

Princess Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry in 1995 Image: Princess Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry in 1995

Reacting to today’s baby news, Sky’s royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills said: “We knew they were expecting a daughter because they announced it during that interview with Oprah back in March.

“This completes their family, now adding a daughter to their son Archie who celebrated his second birthday in May.

“But of course it has been a difficult time for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a huge amount of attention on them.

“I think what’s interesting is that the child was born on Friday and they have decided to take a little bit of time before announcing to the world that they have a new child in their life.

“And I think it’s a sign of how they want to do things differently. They moved away from the UK, they didn’t want to be settled into that royal life anymore.

“They wanted to embark on this new financially independent way of life and again this is them showing how they want to do things. Wonderful news for the couple that they now have a daughter in their life.”

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex pose for a picture with some of Queen's Young Leaders at a Buckingham Palace reception following the final Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony 2018 Image: The Queen pictured with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. File photo

Mills added: “A really lovely nod, that name Lili after Her Majesty The Queen.

“And the middle name Diana showing how important Princess Diana was to Prince Harry as he was growing up as a young child, but also lost her at such a young age.”

Lili will be entitled to be a princess and Archie a prince – both with HRH styles – when the Queen dies and Prince 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.

Lily is eighth in line to the throne, coming after Archie, who is seventh in line.

Anyone wishing to send a present is asked to support organisations working for women and girls.

A message on the Archewell website read: “For those inquiring on sending gifts, we would ask that you support or learn more about these organisations working for women and girls: Girls Inc., Harvest Home, CAMFED or Myna Mahila Foundation.”