Meghan and Harry Welcome Second Child, Lilibet Diana
The baby girl’s name honors Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, and grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced on Sunday the birth of their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The baby girl was born on Friday morning in Santa Barbara, California, and her name pays homage to Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, whose family nickname is Lilibet, and his late mother, Princess Diana.
“[Lili] is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe,” reads a statement published on the official website of their organization, Archewell. “Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana! The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news.
Lilibet is Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild. pic.twitter.com/dGVeRpd3pK
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 6, 2021
This is Meghan and Harry’s second child, joining two-year-old Archie. The cheerful news comes amid a tense period for the royal family, following the couple’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year (read the recap here), where they pointed out “The Firm”’s racist behavior and lack of support.
The couple said some members of the royal family were concerned “about how dark [Archie’s] skin would be” and that “he would be born too dark,” before their first son was born. The royal family later announced they would review their diversity efforts, which were reportedly underway before the interview aired, and would take Meghan and Harry’s comments into consideration.
In April, Harry met up with his family for the first time since the interview with Oprah was released to attend his grandfather’s, Prince Philip, funeral in the UK. At the time, he was seen chatting with his brother, Prince William, though it’s still unclear where exactly their relationship stands now. Meghan didn’t attend because of her late-stage pregnancy.
Last month, Harry and Oprah premiered The Me You Can’t See, a mental health series currently streaming on Apple TV+. The prince talked about his anxiety over how the treatment Meghan received from the British press reminded him of what had happened to his mother, and how “history was repeating itself.”
“I thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence, total neglect,” Harry said in the series. “We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job. But Meghan was struggling.”
Like Archie, Lili was not given a His/Her Royal Highness designation and royal title at birth because they are great-grandchildren (and not children or grandchildren) of the ruling monarch – something Meghan had also talked about during the Oprah interview, referring to the lack of security offered to them because of that. If and when their grandfather, Prince Charles, ascends to the throne, they would automatically receive the titles of prince and princess.
It was during that Oprah interview that Meghan and Harry confirmed they were expecting a girl – and that they don’t plan on having more than two children.
“To have any one or any two, but to have a boy and then a girl – what more could you ask for?” Harry said. “But now we’ve got our family. We’ve got the four of us, we’ve got our two dogs. Done.”