“It is with great pleasure that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter Lilibet ‘Lily’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor to the world,” the statement said.
“Lily was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital under the trusted care of doctors and staff,” it said, adding that the new arrival weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces (3.49 kg). And that “both mother and child are healthy and sound, and are settling at home.”
“Lily is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family surname is Lillibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales,” the statement said. “
Baby Lily is the sister of the couple’s 2-year-old son, Archie Harrison.
“He is more than we can imagine, and we are grateful for the love and prayers we have received from around the world. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this special time for our family.”
Harry and Meghan’s publicist Toya Holness said in a statement to CNN: “Both mother and baby are healthy and sound and are settling down at home.”
Buckingham Palace released a statement on the birth of the baby girl on Sunday.
Buckingham Palace’s statement said: “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex happy with.” .
‘feeling of happiness’
The newborn is the Queen’s 11th great-granddaughter. He is eighth in line to the throne behind his grandfather Charles, uncle William, his three children (George, Charlotte and Louis), his father Harry and older brother Archie.
His birth in the United States makes him the most senior royal in the line of succession to have been born overseas.
It also makes her a dual US-UK citizen, meaning the youngest Sussex could potentially go on to become the US president – while also being in line to the British throne.
Meghan and Harry have kept the pregnancy as private as possible, speaking only a few times about their daughter’s impending arrival.
One of those occasions was for a pre-recorded message from Meghan for a recent Wax Live concert in May, which she and Harry co-chaired.
“My husband and I are thrilled to welcome a daughter soon – it’s a feeling of joy that we share with millions of other families around the world,” the Duchess told the audience at the event, which aims to contain the spread of COVID – 19 Vaccine equity is to promote and gender equality.
“When we think of that, we think of all the young women and girls around the world who need to be given the ability and support to move forward,” she said. “Their future leadership depends on the decisions we make, and the actions we take to establish them, and prepare us all for a successful, just and compassionate tomorrow.”
The royal couple announced back in February that they were looking forward to reuniting with their family, sharing a black-and-white photo of them while Meghan frolicked with her baby bump.
The picture was shot by Nigerian-born British photographer and friend of the couple, Misson Harriman, who took the picture from afar from their London residence.
The timing of their Valentine’s Day announcement likely held special significance to the couple, nearly 37 years after Prince Charles and Princess Diana revealed they were expecting their second child: Prince Harry.
Her newborn daughter is entitled to be a woman by birth, but she probably won’t use the title.
When Archie Harrison was born in 2019, the Duke and Duchess opted to drop the title and indicated they would not use their father’s second peerage title, the Earl of Dumbarton.
No child from Sussex is currently eligible to use the HRH title, following the rules set out by George V in the Letters Patent of 1917. However, this will change when his grandfather Charles ascends the throne.
As for the question of whether Archie and his younger sister will be joined by more siblings in the future, it doesn’t seem to be on the cards right now.
Harry revealed that he and his wife were likely to limit their child to “two, max” while discussing Earth’s dwindling resources with activist and chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall for a special edition of British Vogue last July. is.
They stepped down from their roles as senior working royals last year, relinquished their HRH titles, and now resides in Santa Barbara, California.
A representative of the family told the magazine in August 2020, “They have settled in the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival and hope that it will be respected by their neighbors as well as for them as a family. ”
Montecito Journal columnist Richard Minards, who covered the royal family for 45 years, told CNN’s Paul Werkhammen on Sunday that the area they live in is “very grand … with huge estates” and includes paparazzi. No problem with.
“I mean, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Oscar winner Jeff Bridges, Oscar winner Kevin Costner[and]George Lucas live right down the street,” Minards said. “We are a celebrity community.”
He added that there are also “very rich people” in the community such as tech billionaires.
“You name it, we have it,” he said.