The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, have announced the birth of their daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. According to Variety, Lili was born on Friday, June 4, at 11:40 a.m. at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California. At birth, the couple’s representatives told Lili that she weighed 11 ounces of 7 pounds, and that the mother and baby are in a healthy state, living at home.
Lili is named after her great-grandfather, Queen Elizabeth II, because her family nickname is Lilibet. Lili’s second name, Diana, is in honor of her former grandmother, the Princess of Wales.
As a variety of representatives of the couple wrote in a statement, “Thank you Duchess and Duchess for your warm wishes and prayers, as they enjoy this special time as a family.”
American actress Harry and Meghan Markle were married at Windsor Castle in May 2018. Meghan and Harry officially left last year as senior Royals. They have been living with Archie since last summer in their new home in Southern California. Lili joins her older brother Archie Harrison of Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born in 2019.
Meghan herself and Prince Harry shared a catastrophe in July when they lost a baby and felt hospitalized. As he writes in the New York Times, he described the couple’s son Archie’s diaper being changed at his Los Angeles home as he “fell to the ground” in pain.
“When I got to my first child I knew I was missing the second,” she wrote. “A few hours later, I was lying in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand. I felt the tightness of her palm and kissed her, wet from both tears. Looking at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we would heal, ”he said.