Meghan Markle baby has 'the most royal name' says expert
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed the arrival of their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Sunday evening. The little tot was born at 11.40am on Friday June 4 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, weighing in at 7lb 11oz.
Meghan and Harry shared their joyous news with Buckingham Palace on the Friday, PEOPLE magazine reports, around 48 hours before the rest of the world were informed.
The royal couple gave a special nod to both the Queen and Princess Diana in naming their daughter.
Meghan and Harry chose Diana as Lili’s middle name in honour of the Duke’s late mother.
The forename Lilibet is a sweet tribute to Harry’s grandmother, the Queen, who was given the nickname Lilibet by family members as a young child.
The touching gesture is also more poignant as the late Prince Philip is thought to be one of the last people to call the Queen Lilibet before his passing in April.
The Sussexes’ press secretary confirmed both Meghan and her newborn are “healthy and well”.
She added: “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 honour her beloved late grandmother, the Princess of Wales.”
Meghan and Harry announced they had become a family of four on their Archewell website.
It said: “On June 4, 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.
“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
Lilibet is two years and one month younger than her brother Archie, who was born in May 2019.
The new royal arrival is remarkably the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild.
Lilibet automatically becomes eighth-in-line to the throne, after her brother who is in seventh, respectively.
Buckingham Palace led the congratulatory messages from members of the Royal Family on Sunday night.
A statement read: “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 of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
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Prince Charles, who has become a granddad for the fifth time, and the Duchess of Cornwall, also shared a separate message on Twitter, they wrote: “Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie on the arrival of baby Lilibet Diana.
“Wishing them all well at this special time.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tweeted: “We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili.
“Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie.”
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