Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's family is now complete, after their baby daughter arrived on Friday 4 June. The couple announced the news publicly via a statement shared on their Archewell website, which read: "It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet 'Lili' Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world... The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family."
The baby girl - who shares the middle name Diana with her cousin Princess Charlotte - has made a little sister for two-year-old Archie. Meghan and Harry have previously said they long-liked the boys name before giving it to Archie; in a statement to the Telegraph upon the announcement of their charitable organisation Archewell, they said that they had "connected" to "the idea of 'Arche' - the Greek word meaning 'source of action'... and it became the inspiration for our son’s name." And it seems the name Lily - or Lili, as they're spelling it for their daughter - is also one that has been on Prince Harry's radar for quite some time.
In 2019, when Meghan was pregnant with Archie and the couple reportedly didn't know the gender of their unborn baby, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Birkenhead together on an official engagement. At one point, they spoke to a group of primary schoolchildren, and the topic of baby names naturally came up.
A school worker called Kim was in the crowd, and she later said: "Harry was asking a mum how she spelled her daughter's name – Lily." The fact that Prince Harry picked up on the name and expressed interest in it could well mean that he knew long ago that it could be in the running for a future child.
Funnily enough, something very similar happened with the name Archie a few months before he was born, too. In October 2018, while the Sussexes were on the New Zealand leg of their royal tour, and just days after Meghan's pregnancy had been revealed to the public, the couple came across a young boy in the crowd in Auckland. His name was Archie Somerville-Ryan, and when he spoke to a reporter after meeting the royal couple, the youngster detailed the conversation. "Archie, I like that name," Harry apparently said to the schoolboy, before calling Meghan over and repeating it to her.
"He said, 'I like that name' or something like that [to Meghan]," recalled New Zealander Archie, whose mum then said to him: "Imagine if they call it Archie."
And lo and behold, that was what their firstborn was called!
Several names were predicted this time around for the Sussexes' baby daughter, but Lilibet didn't feature on many of the lists. Other name suggestions included Allegra, Maya, Isabella, and Alice, but some social media users had guessed that a variation on Lilibet/Lili could be chosen by the couple. The suggestion of taking inspiration from Queen Elizabeth's nickname came up numerous times on Twitter and in different Reddit threads about possible Meghan and Harry baby names. "I'm not sure how relationships are between the family, but Lily would be a cute way to honour the Queen (Lilibet)," wrote one royal fan earlier this year.
"I read a prediction somewhere that they could use Lily for the Queen because of her childhood nickname Lilibet and because of Meghan's wedding bouquet being Lily of the valley. I think that's really sweet," posted a Reddit user two years ago, just before Meghan gave birth to baby Archie and nobody knew whether they were expecting a boy or a girl.
Sadly for us, it might be a while before we actually get to see little Lili, with Meghan and Harry no longer having any duty to share their daughter with the public. But if and when they do decide to show off a picture of their newborn, you know we're going to get excited. Congratulations to the family at such a happy time!
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