“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,” the statement said.
“Lili was born on Friday June 4 at 11:40 am under the trusted care of doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital,” he said, adding that the new arrival weighed 3.49 kilos (7 lb 11 oz) and that “Mother and child are healthy and doing well and are making themselves comfortable at home.”
Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen in honor of her beloved late grandmother, the Princess of Wales, “the statement added.
Baby Lili is the sister of the couple’s two-year-old son Archie Harrison.
“She is more than we could have imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we have felt around the world. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
“Feeling of joy”
The newborn is the eleventh great-grandchild of the Queen. She is eighth on the throne behind her grandfather Charles, her uncle William, her three children (George, Charlotte and Louis), her father Harry and her big brother Archie.
Her birth in the United States makes her the oldest royal in the line to be born abroad.
It also makes her a dual US-UK citizen – meaning the youngest Sussex could potentially become President of the United States when she grows up – while also being in line with the British throne.
Meghan and Harry kept the pregnancy as private as possible, only talking a few times about their daughter’s imminent arrival.
One of those occasions was a pre-recorded message from Meghan for the recent Vax Live concert in May, which she and Harry co-chaired.
“My husband and I are delighted to welcome a daughter soon – it is a feeling of joy that we share with millions of other families around the world,” the Duchess told the audience at the event, intended to promote equity in the Covid-19 vaccine and gender equality.
“When we think of her, we think of all the young women and girls around the world who must have the capacity and the support to move us forward,” she said. “Their future leadership depends on the decisions we make and the actions we take now to put them in place, and prepare us all, for a successful, equitable and compassionate future.”
The royal couple announced they were expecting an addition to their family in February, sharing a black and white photo of them looking at each other, as Meghan cradled her baby.
The photo was taken by Misan Harriman, a Nigerian-born British photographer and friend of the couple, who took the photo remotely from his London home.
The timing of their Valentine’s Day announcement was likely of particular significance to the couple, coming almost exactly 37 years to the day after Prince Charles and Princess Diana revealed they were expecting their second child: Prince Harry.
Their newborn daughter has the right to be a lady from birth, but is unlikely to use that title.
When Archie Harrison was born in 2019, the Duke and Duchess chose to relinquish the titles and indicated that they would not use his father’s second peerage title, the Earl of Dumbarton.
None of the Sussex children are currently eligible to use HRH titles, according to the rules set out by George V in the 1917 letters patent. However, that will change when their grandfather Charles takes the throne.
As to whether Archie and his little sister will be joined by other siblings in the future, that doesn’t appear to be on the cards at this time.
Harry revealed that he and his wife are likely to limit their brood to ‘two, maximum’ while discussing the Earth’s dwindling resources with activist and chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall for a special edition of British Vogue in July latest.
They stepped down from their roles as royals last year, relinquishing their HRH titles and now live in Santa Barbara, California.
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