“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,” the statement said, adding that the newcomer weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces that “both mother and child are healthy and well and have settled 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 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.
Harry and Meghan announced during their interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired in March that they were expecting a girl.
The newborn is the Queen’s eleventh great-grandchild. She is eighth in the line of succession 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 in the line of succession born abroad.
It also makes her a dual US citizen – meaning the youngest Sussex could potentially become US President when she grows up – while also being on the British throne.
Meghan and Harry kept the pregnancy as private as possible and only spoke 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 globe 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 they were expecting a new addition to the family in February and shared a black and white snapshot of them staring at each other as Meghan rocked 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 meant something special to the couple, almost 37 years to the day after Prince Charles and Princess Diana revealed they were expecting their second child: Prince Harry.
Meghan had previously announced in a moving article for the New York Times that she had miscarried last summer.
Your newborn daughter is entitled to be a lady from birth, but will likely not use the title but the name (given name) Mountbatten-Windsor.
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.
Harry and Meghan were married three years ago in a sumptuous wedding at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, England.
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.