Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome a baby girl and name her Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
The baby girl was born in a hospital in Santa Barbara, California, on June 4. The couple soon announced that both the baby and the mother are well.
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Buckingham Palace rejoice
Buckingham Palace declared that the news thrilled the family. The Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge rejoice.
The couple revealed the baby’s name as Lilibet. It is also the nickname of the Queen, the baby’s great-grandmother.
The Princess of Wales said that her middle name was an honor to her ‘beloved late grandmother.’
Lilibet saw the light at 11:40 am, weighed about 7 pounds and 11 ounces, and was untangling at home.
She is the 11th great-grandchild of the Queen and is eighth in line to the throne. This led to Prince Andrew’s shift in line to the throne to the ninth place.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry express gratitude
In a communication of gratitude on the Archewell website, the couple expressed their happiness. They said that they were blessed with their daughter, Lili, on June 4th.
The couple also said that the baby was more than what they had imagined. They were grateful for the love and support they received throughout the world. Harry and Meghan also said that if anyone wished to send gifts, they could “support or learn more about” institutions that worked towards women and girls.
They are yet to release pictures of their daughter.
Prince Harry’s father, the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall shared posts on Twitter that wished congratulations to the couple on this special occasion.
The Duke of Duchess and Cambridge stated that they were excited upon hearing about the birth of Lilibet.
We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili.
Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie.
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) June 6, 2021
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also sent hearty congratulations to the couple.
Misan Harriman, a friend of Meghan who took monochrome pictures of the couple for the announcement of pregnancy, also tweeted his congratulations.
Prince Harry said he wants to “break the cycle” of “pain and suffering” of his childhood by parenting his children.
Like her brother Archie, Lilibet would be devoid of the royal title or HRH until the Queen passed away and Prince Charles became King. These rules were set at least 100 years ago.
Why is the name Lilibet special?
The name Lilibet was a nickname given by the Royal family to Princess Elizabeth when she was a toddler. Her grandfather, King George V, zealously called her Lilibet, emulating that she could not pronounce her name.
Prince Philip called his wife by this nickname. He had addressed her in a letter he wrote to his mother-in-law about how precious she was to him.
The middle name of baby Lilibet is an honor to the late mother of Prince Harry, who passed away in a car crash in 1997 when he was a boy of 12.
The daughter of Prince Willam and Catherine, Princess Charlotte, who happens to be the baby’s cousin, also has one of her middle names as Diana alongside Elizabeth.
The former royal editor at the Sun, Duncan Larcombe, said that the name was extremely royal. He also told the BBC that the name choice was extremely significant and maybe the only olive branch they have provided the royal family ever since they moved away.
In November, it came to the limelight that a few months prior, Meghan had had a miscarriage which she referred to as her “almost unbearable grief” in an intimate article for the New York Times.
She said that despite the situation is a very common one, it remains taboo to be spoken about and surrounded by shame. She also said that the women who spoke about it were brave and that when one speaks about it, it gives everyone a safe space to do the same.