It’s a female! Meghan Markle and husband Prince Harry have had their second child, a baby girl called Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, or “Lili” for short. The name is a tribute to the baby’s paternal grandmother, Princess Diana, and paternal great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who was known among her close relatives as “Lilibet” as a youngster.
The baby’s arrival was announced on Meghan and Harry’s Archewell foundation’s website. Lili was born on June 4 in Santa Barbara, according to 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 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.
“She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. 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 honor 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.”
A note from the pleased parents, who will both be on parental leave, is also included in the statement.
“On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili,” they say. “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.”
Instead of baby presents, the couple has asked that people donate to a few organizations that help girls and women: Girls Inc., Harvest Home, CAMFED, and Myna Mahila Foundation.