Meghan and Prince Harry name their second child after Diana

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced the birth of their second child, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born on Friday.

The couple’s media firm Archewell released a statement, saying Meghan Markle gave birth on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 am “in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Britain’s Prince Harry gestures next to his wife Meghan as they ride a horse-drawn carriage after their wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, May 19. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Both mother and baby are “healthy and well”, the statement said, with the pair now “settling in at home”.

Baby Lilibet is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet, the statement said.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced the birth of their second child, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born on Friday.

The couple’s media firm Archewell released a statement, saying Meghan Markle gave birth on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 am “in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.”

Both mother and baby are “healthy and well”, the statement said, with the pair now “settling in at home”.

Baby Lilibet is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet, the statement said.

The couple have asked anyone wishing to send a present to support organisations working for women and girls instead.

A message on the Archewell website reads: “For those inquiring on sending gifts, we would ask that you support or learn more about these organisations working for women and girls: Girls Inc., Harvest Home, CAMFED or Myna Mahila Foundation.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among those giving best wishes to the royal couple, writing on Twitter: “Many congratulations to The Duke & Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their daughter.”

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

The new baby is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild – the first of the monarch and Philip’s great-grandchildren to be born since the death of the duke in April.

The new baby will be entitled to be a princess and Archie a prince – both with HRH styles – after the death of the Queen and when Charles becomes king.

This is because they will have moved up the line of succession to become the children of a son of a monarch.

Despite Harry and Meghan quitting as senior working royals, the baby still has a place in the line of succession.

She is eighth in line to the throne, coming after Archie, who is seventh in line, and before the Duke of York, who has dropped to ninth place.

Lilibet is the latest of the Queen’s great-grandchildren to be born in 2021, following the birth of Princess Eugenie’s son August in February and Zara Tindall’s Lucas in March.

And Princess Beatrice is expecting her first child, who will be the Queen’s 12th great grandchild, in the autumn.