Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcome daughter Lilibet Diana

Last Modified: 9th Sep

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have welcomed their baby girl!

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the birth of their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the second child for the couple. Lili’s name pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, whose family nickname is Lilibet, and Princess Diana, Harry’s late mother.

“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,” Meghan and Harry said in the statement released on Sunday, “Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle (Image: Entertainment Tonight)

According to the press secretary for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the baby was delivered on Friday at 11:40 a.m. “in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif.,” weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and the baby “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.” the statement explained the newborn’s name choice.

Prince William also had paid tribute to their late mother and the Queen with the name of his daughter, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, now aged six.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced in February that they were expecting a second child. The couple who currently resides in Montecito, California revealed it will be a girl.

“A girl, you know, what more can you ask for?” Harry had said. “But now, you know, now we’ve got our family. We’ve got, you know, the four of us and our two dogs, and it’s great.”

In July Markle had revealed that she had suffered a miscarriage.

“I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right,” she wrote in a personal essay for the New York Times. “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”

“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” she added.

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