The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced the birth of a daughter they have named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
Harry and Meghan’s daughter, who was born in hospital in California on Friday, weighed 7lb 11oz (3.4kg) and has been named after the family nickname for the Queen, the baby’s great-grandmother. Her middle name was chosen to honour her late grandmother Diana, Princess of Wales, the couple said. The baby is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild and is eighth in line to the throne.
Both mother and child were healthy and well, a statement said, and Lilibet – a younger sister for two-year-old Archie – was “settling in at home” after her birth at Santa Barbara Cottage hospital.
In a statement published on the website of Archewell, the non-profit organisation launched by the couple last year, they said: “On 4 June, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili. 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.”
If like me you’re selective with the royals you support and have immense empathy and love for Harry & Meghan and the late Princess Diana then this comes a great news!
Although ‘The Crown’ was largely based around common practice within the Royal Family and scenes exaggerated for entertainment purposes, I believe naming their daughter ‘Lilibet’ is a sure nod of respect to understanding the Queen’s role and impartialness, but with a sense of forgiveness and love. A beautiful ode to their grandmother with the Crown put aside.
The Queen’s Lilibet nickname was coined when the then Princess Elizabeth was a toddler and struggled to pronounce her name properly. The Duke of Edinburgh also called her by the nickname.
Lilibet is the most senior royal in the current line of succession to be born overseas – and would be eligible to become US president. Like her older brother, Archie, who was not permitted a royal title when he was born in 2019, the Sussexes’ daughter is not permitted to be a princess nor have the title HRH, as they are too far removed from the crown under rules set down more than 100 years ago.
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 Prince Charles, Harry’s father, becomes king.
Lilibet’s birth comes after Meghan revealed she had a miscarriage in the summer of 2020. In an article for the New York Times in November, she wrote: “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”
The couple announced they were stepping back from royal duties in January 2020 and now live in Montecito, near Santa Barbara in southern California.
Anyone wishing to send a present to celebrate Lilibet’s birth has been asked to support organisations working for women and girls. A message on the Archewell website reads:
Congratulations to my favourite Royal but UnRoyal couple!