London: Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex have named their new baby daughter after the Queen and Princess Diana.
Meghan gave birth to the couple’s second child at California’s Santa Barbara College Hospital on Friday morning local time, according to a statement.
“Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home,” Harry and Meghan’s press secretary said.
The couple named the baby Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in tribute to her great-grandmother, the Queen, and late grandmother, Princess Diana.
The Queen’s family nickname is Lilibet, reportedly because she could not say “Elizabeth” as a young child. It was also the name the late Prince Philip called his wife of 73 years.
In a separate statement released on social media, Harry and Meghan said they had been “blessed” by their baby’s arrival.
“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,” they said.
“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild.
The baby weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said the Queen, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, were “delighted” by the news.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “Many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their daughter.”
The couple’s first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, recently celebrated his second birthday in California.
Harry and Meghan took Archie to Canada and then California in early 2020 after their shock decision to split from the royal family.
The couple recorded a bombshell interview with television host Oprah Winfrey this March in which they accused an unnamed family member of worrying about how dark Archie’s skin would be.
Asked whether there were concerns the child would be “too brown” and that would be a problem, Meghan told Winfrey: “If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one.”
The couple did not discuss the context the remark was aired in and refused to say who made it, but later said it was not the Queen or her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip.
They also told Winfrey that Meghan, a former actor before her marriage to Harry at Windsor Castle in 2018, had contemplated suicide while pregnant with Archie.
Meghan did not return to Britain for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April given she was heavily pregnant.
She also suffered a miscarriage in July last year.
In a podcast interview last month, Harry said his decision to exit the royal family was motivated by a desire to “break the cycle” of pain.
“I don’t think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody, but certainly when it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on, basically,” he told the podcast host, actor Dax Shepard.
“It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on.”
He also compared life in the royal family to a mix between being on The Truman Show and being in a zoo.
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