“It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor to the world,” the statement said.
“Lili was born on Friday, June 4th at 11:40 am under the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital,” it said, adding that the newcomer weighed 3.49 pounds. and that “both mother and child are healthy and well and are settling in at home.”
“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, whose family name is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, the Princess of Wales,” the statement added.
Baby Lili is the sister of the couple’s two-year-old son, Archie Harrison.
“It is more than we could ever have imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we have felt from around the world. Thank you for your continued kindness and support in this very special time for our family. “
Buckingham Palace released a statement on the baby girl’s birth on Sunday.
“The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are happy to hear the news of the birth of a daughter for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” the statement said Buckingham Palace.
“Feeling of joy”
The newborn is the Queen’s eleventh great-grandchild. She is eighth in line to the throne behind her grandfather Charles, Uncle William, his three children (George, Charlotte and Louis), her father Harry and her older brother Archie.
Her birth in the United States makes her the most senior royal family born abroad.
It also makes her a dual US citizen, which means the youngest Sussex could potentially become US President when she grows up – while standing on the British throne at the same time.
Meghan and Harry kept the pregnancy as private as possible, speaking only a few times about their daughter’s imminent arrival.
One of those occasions was a recorded message from Meghan for the most recent Vax Live concert in May, which she and Harry co-chaired.
“My husband and I are very excited to have a daughter soon – it is a feeling of joy that we share with millions of other families around the world,” the Duchess told the audience at the event about participation in Covid -19 vaccines to promote gender equality.
“When we think of them, we think of all the young women and girls around the world who need the ability and support to move us forward,” she said. “Your future leadership depends on the decisions we make and the actions we take now to prepare them and all of us for a prosperous, just, and compassionate future.”
The royal couple announced back in February that they were expecting a new addition to the family and shared a black and white snapshot staring at each other while Meghan cradled her baby bump.
The photo was taken by Misan Harriman, a Nigerian-born British photographer and friend of the couple, who took the picture remotely from his London residence.
The timing of their Valentine’s Day announcement likely had a special meaning for the couple, coming almost exactly 37f years after Prince Charles and Princess Diana revealed they were expecting their second child: Prince Harry.
Your newborn daughter is eligible to be a lady from birth, but is unlikely to use the title.
When Archie Harrison was born in 2019, the Duke and Duchess decided to forego titles, stating that they would not use his father’s second nobility title, the Earl of Dumbarton.
None of the Sussex children are currently eligible to use HRH titles under the rules set out in George V’s 1917 Letters patent. However, that will change when her grandfather Charles took the throne.
The question of whether Archie and his little sister will have more siblings in the future does not seem to be an issue at the moment.
Harry revealed that he and his wife are likely to limit their brood to “two, maximum” while discussing the earth’s dwindling resources with activist and chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall for a special issue of UK Vogue last July.
They stepped down from their roles as high-level working royals last year, gave up their HRH titles, and now live in Santa Barbara, California.
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