The baby girl of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has arrived. Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s second child, has been born.
The name is a tribute to both Queen Elizabeth II and Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her “beloved late grandmother”, the Princess of Wales, the statement said.
“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,” reads an official announcement.
The couple announced in a statement that both mother and baby are healthy and doing well.
Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news.”
According to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s press secretary, the baby was born at 11:40 a.m. on Friday, “under the trusted care of the doctors and staff of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif.” She weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces.
She is the eighth in line to the throne and the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild. As a result, Prince Andrew, who was born second in line in 1960, is now ranked ninth.
Meghan and Harry, who live in a $14 million estate in Montecito, Calif., with their 2-year-old son Archie, announced their pregnancy in February.
During their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey a month later, the couple revealed that the child would be a girl.
“A girl, you know, what more can you ask for?” Harry 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.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted his “many congratulations” to the couple and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer welcomed the “wonderful news”.