The Queen is 'delighted' after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became parents for the second time on Friday, gifting her an 11th great-grandchild.
Meghan gave birth to their second child, a daughter, at a hospital in Santa Barbara, California. They have named her Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. Harry confirmed mum and baby were doing well.
Buckingham Palace released a statement on behalf of the Queen after the news broke last night. 'The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news,' it read.
The Prince of Wales and the Cambridges have also shared their joy on social media.
The name is a tribute to both Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II (who was affectionately known as 'Lilibet' by her parents, sister Margaret and late husband Prince Philip who passed away in April) and Harry's late mother, Diana the Princess of Wales, who would have turned 60 next month.
The Queen's nickname goes back to when she was too young to pronounce her own name, calling herself ‘Lilibet’ instead. As a young royal she would sign letters using the shortened version of Elizabeth.
In one thank you note to her grandmother, Queen Mary, she wrote: ‘Darling Granny. Thank you very much for the lovely doll's house. I do love it, and I have unpacked the dining room and the hall. Love from Lilibet xxx.’
Her parents and grandparents also took up the nickname, with her father, King George VI, once saying: ‘Lilibet is my pride. Margaret is my joy.’
Although Prince Philip also used the name affectionately, no one else in the royal family calls the Queen Lilibet, meaning it would have no longer been used after his death. Now the name will continue.
The Sussexes confirmed that they would be welcoming a baby daughter this summer in their interview with Oprah Winfrey back in March. They already have a son, Archie, who turned two last month. The family live in LA after announcing they were stepping down as senior royals in 2019.
No photos of the new baby have been released as yet.
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