Meghan and Harry Welcome Lilibet Diana

Couple's second child is born in Santa Barbara, named after grandmother and great-grandmother
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2021 12:05 PM CDT
Lili Joins Archie, Harry and Meghan
Prince Harry and Meghan, shown in London in 2020, had their second child Friday.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor has arrived, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced Sunday. Their second child was born Friday morning at a Santa Barbara hospital, the couple said in a statement, weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces. "Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home," they said. Their daughter becomes the most senior royal in the line of succession to have been born in another country, CNN reports. Her California birth also makes her a dual citizen, eligible to become president of the US though she's in line for the British throne—currently eighth, just behind her 2-year-old brother, Archie.

"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," Harry and Meghan posted on their website, per People. They chose "Lilibet" because it's the royal family's nickname for Queen Elizabeth, great-grandmother of the newborn, per the BBC. "Diana" is in honor of Harry's late mother, Princess Diana. Harry and Meghan revealed in their interview with Oprah Winfrey that they were expecting a girl. Lili has the right to be Lady Lili but is unlikely to use the title, per CNN. Like her brother, she's not entitled to be addressed as HRH. Harry has said before that two children probably would be about right. In the interview, he said: "To have a boy and then a girl ... now we've got our family." (Read more Prince Harry stories.)

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