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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to take step back from public life after baby announcement

Lilibet Diana: Meghan and Harry will take ‘time away’ says expert

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expected to spend some time away from the public spotlight now that they have welcomed their “much-longed-for” baby daughter. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth at 11:40am on Friday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. Their newborn daughter, named Lilibet Diana, will join the couple’s two-year-old son Archie Harrison to complete their family. 

Roya Nikkhah, royal editor of The Sunday Times, told Lorraine: “It has been a turbulent year, I don’t think you can get away from that, but I think for Harry and Meghan, they’ve talked about how excited they were to complete their family.

“They’ve now got their much-longed for daughter. They’ll take a little bit of time away from the public spotlight just to have a bit of family time.”

In relation to the rift between the Sussexes and the Royal Family, she added: “A royal baby is always a great time of joy, usually a national celebration over here.

“I think it will land well and hopefully ease the path to a slightly less rocky year ahead.” 

The couple had announced they were expecting their second child on Valentine’s Day, after releasing a black and white image of the Prince cradling the visibly pregnant Duchess in their garden. 

During their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, they revealed they were expecting a baby daughter. 

The Duchess gave birth on Friday with the baby weighing 7lbs 11oz. A spokesperson for the couple said that both mother and baby were “healthy and well and settling in at home”. 

The couple later released a statement on their website Archewell to thank the public for their support and prayers, saying that their daughter was “more than we could have ever imagined”.

Named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the couple are paying a touching tribute to both her grandmother and great-grandmother. 

Lilibet was the informal nickname used by the Queen’s parents, King George VI and the Queen Mother, after the infant Princess Elizabeth was unable to pronounce her name. The endearing nickname was later adopted by the Queen’s husband, the late Prince Philip.

Prince Harry is also commemorating his mother Princess Diana with the couple’s choice of middle name.

He has recently spoken about the traumatic impact of his mother’s death and has always remained passionate about promoting her legacy. 

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Buckingham Palace released a statement saying, “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.”

Relations between the couple and the Royal Family have been strained since the fallout from Megxit in January 2020. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are also parents to Archie Harrison, who recently celebrated his second birthday. 

For his birthday, the couple asked for donations to the Global Vaccine Alliance to help distribute Covid-19 vaccines in under-developed countries. The couple succeeded in raising over £3 million. 

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