Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome baby girl, Lilibet Diana

by Helvine Achieng
June 8, 2021

The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has given birth to a daughter, the second child for her and Prince Harry. Announcing in a statement on Sunday, the couple stated,

"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 4 at 11:40 am in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital," it said, adding that the new arrival weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces (3.49 kilos) and that "both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home."

"Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales," the statement added.

Baby Lili is a sister to the couple's 2-year-old son, Archie Harrison.

In a message on their foundation website, Meghan and Harry said they had been "blessed" by their daughter's arrival.

"She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we've felt from across the globe. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family."

Buckingham Palace released a statement Sunday on the baby girl's birth.

"The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex," the Buckingham Palace statement read.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tweeted their congratulations. The US Embassy in London also congratulated the Sussexes, noting that the news comes just in time for Father's Day.

'Feeling of joy.'

Harry and Meghan revealed they were expecting a girl during their interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.

The newborn is the Queen's 11th great-grandchild and is eighth in line to the throne behind her grandfather Charles, uncle William, three children (George, Charlotte and Louis), her father Harry, and her big brother Archie.