Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced Sunday, June 6, the birth of their second child, Lilibet “Lili” Diana, born Friday morning in a hospital in Santa Barbara, California. “It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet” Lili “Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world”, said the couple’s press secretary.
The little girl was named Lilibet in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, the parents said in a statement. Her middle name, Diana, pays homage to Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in 1997.
The mother and child, who weighs almost 3.5 kilograms and is in eighth place in the order of succession, ” are healthy “. “She is much more than anything we could have imagined”, write Meghan and Harry about the little sister of their son Archie, 2 years old.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday sent his congratulations to the couple. “All my congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their daughter”, tweeted the head of the Conservative government.
Set back from the royal family
The couple announced in mid-February to expect a second child by posting a photo showing them all smiles at the foot of a tree, Meghan putting her hand on her round stomach.
Prince Harry, 36, sixth in the order of succession to the British crown, and Meghan Markle have withdrawn from the royal family, effectively since April 2020. A decision taken while the couple regularly denounced the harassment newspapers, particularly critical of the Duchess.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry settled in California, where they launched a podcast, signed with content platforms including Netflix, and started a foundation, Archewell, to work for humanitarian causes.