Prince Harry and wife Meghan have announced the birth of their second child, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana. The baby girl’s name pays tribute to father Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana of Wales, and his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, whose nickname was Lilibet.
In an official statement, Harry and Meghan said, “Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
A spokesperson for the couple, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, shared a few details: Little Lili was born at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital at 11:40 a.m. with a weight of 7lbs and 11oz.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson speaking for the queen, Prince Charles, Prince William, and other members of the royal family has said the family is “delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also expressed congratulations to Harry and Meghan via his Twitter account.
Both Prince Harry and Meghan publicly announced they were quitting royal duties in early 2020. The two cited racial prejudice from members of the royal family among the reasons for their surrendering their royal rights and moving to North America.
Harry retains his position as the sixth in the order of succession to the throne. Their newborn child is eight in line to the British throne.
As of the time of writing, no photos of the newborn have been released. The Sussexes have asked their supporters to educate themselves or support nonprofits working for women and girls, stating Harvest Home, CAMFED, Myna Mahila Foundation, and Girls Inc as examples.
Both Harry and Meghan were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in a highly publicized and polarizing TV special. In the interview, Harry claimed that he no longer receives financial support from the royal family, and Meghan said the couple’s son was not given the title of prince.
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