The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now proud parents of a baby girl. On Friday, June 4, Megan Markle gave birth to a baby girl at 11.40 a.m. at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. The couple said that they had chosen her name — Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor. The baby weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces. Both mother and daughter are reportedly settling in at home.
They had already mentioned that they were expecting a girl at their infamous Oprah interview. However, they had kept the gender of their first child private and announced his gender after birth. Prince Harry has also said in an earlier interview that the couple had planned to have two children.
The couple said that they chose her name to honor two great women in the family. Lilibet is the nickname given to Queen Elizabeth by her family. She is the baby girl’s great grandmother. Her middle name is of course in honor of her grandmother the late Princess Diana. She will be called “Lili.”
Lilibeth has an elder brother, Archie, whose full name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor. He is two years old. She is also the eleventh grandchild of the Queen and the first to be born after the death of her great grandfather Prince Philip, in April.
There is some speculation that the couple named their daughter with the hope of a future reconciliation with the Royal family. As of now, all of them live in the United States of America but there is a chance that they could travel to Britain in the future.
Meghan and Harry posted a message of thanks on their Archewell website. They said that on June 4 they were blessed with the arrival of their little daughter Lili. They added that she was more than they could have imagined and that they were thankful for the prayers and life be that they have experienced from people across the world. They also expressed gratitude for the kindness and support that they had received during the special time for their family.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle added that anyone who wished to send a present was requested to extend support to organizations that worked to support women and girls including Girls Inc., CAMFED, Harvest Home or Myna Mahila Foundation.