The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrate the birth of their baby daughter, whom they call Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
Meghan gave birth to her second child on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara.
The baby – a younger sister to two-year-old son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor of the Sussexes – weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces.
In a statement by the couple’s press spokesman, “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 4th at 11:40 am under the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.
“She weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces. Mother and child are alive and well and have settled in at home. Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, whose family name is Lilibet.
“Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, the Princess of Wales. This is the couple’s second child, who also has 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 announced during their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey that they are expecting a girl in March.
The new baby will be eligible to be a princess and Archie a prince – both HRH-style – after the queen’s death and when Charles becomes king.
This is because they rose in succession to become the children of a monarch’s son.
Although Harry and Meghan are retiring as high-ranking working royals, the baby still has a place in the line of succession.
She is eighth in line to the throne, followed by Archie, who is in seventh place, and ahead of the Duke of York, who has fallen to ninth place.
2021 is proving to be a record year for royal babies.
Princess Eugenie welcomed a son in February, while Zara Tindall had a boy Lucas in March and Princess Beatrice is expecting her first child, the Queen’s 12th great-grandchildren, in autumn.