Harry and Meghan announce newborn daughter, named in honor of Queen Elizabeth and Diana

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to their second child, a daughter named Lilibet Diana.

The couple released a statement on Sunday announcing the arrival of their daughter, who was born on Friday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California. Both she and Meghan are healthy and settled in at home.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their second child.Misan Harriman

“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet,” the statement said. “Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, the Princess of Wales.”

The couple thanked all supporters and said that Lili “is more than we could ever have imagined and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we have felt from around the world.”

Harry and Meghan already have a son, Archie, who just turned two last month. They announced in February that Meghan was pregnant with Lili, months after the Duchess miscarried in a July New York Times comment.

Meghan stated in the November essay: “Losing a child means facing an almost unbearable grief that is experienced by many but spoken by a few.”

Lili shares her middle name with her cousin, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, daughter of Prince William. She is expected to be eighth in line to the throne, after her older brother in succession.

Unlike her brother, who was born when Harry and Meghan were still living at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, England, Lili was born on American soil.

However, she is not the first royal family child to be born in America. Maud Windsor, daughter of Lord Frederick and Sophie Winkelman, was born in Los Angeles in 2013 royal commentator Victoria Arbiter. Lord Frederick is the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

The couple announced the sex of their second child during a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired in March. Meghan told Winfrey that they had no more plans to have more children, and Harry described that he was grateful to see their daughter’s ultrasounds.

“Having a child, one or two, would be great, but having a boy and then a girl, what more could you want?” said Harry. “Now we have our family. We have four of us and our two dogs and it’s great.”

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