Meghan Markle gave birth to a baby girl on Friday, June 4, marking her second child
with her husband Prince Harry. Representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
released a statement confirming the baby news early Sunday morning.
The baby girl Lilibet Diana is named after Queen and grandmother, Lilibet Diana
Mountbatten-Windsor will be known as Lili for short, after the royals’ family nickname
for the Queen. She was born on Friday, June 4 at 11.40 am at Santa Barbara Cottage
Hospital in California, weighing 7lb 11 oz.
In a statement, Meghan and Harry’s press secretary said that ‘both mother and child are
healthy and well, and settling in at home’
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.”
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan also penned a short message via their Archewell
website regarding their daughter’s arrival.
“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,” read the couple’s note.
“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for
our family.” The pair also noted that in lieu of gifts, they encouraged family, friends,
and fans to donate to four charities dear to them: Girls Inc., Harvest Home, CAMFED,
or Myna Mahila Foundation.
The newborn’s name is a sentimental ode to two important women in the couple’s lives:
Lilibet, which is the family nickname of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and her middle
name, Diana, of course, named after Prince Harry’s late mother, the Princess of Wales.