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Meghan and Harry name baby daughter after Queen Elizabeth and Diana

By Reuters 6 June 2021
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LONDON, June 6 (Reuters) - Meghan, Britain's Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to her second child, a girl, whom she and husband Prince Harry have named after Queen Elizabeth and his late mother Princess Diana.

* Baby girl named Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor

* Birth took place on Friday in California

* Mother and baby doing well, press secretary says (Adds details)

By Michael Holden and Andy Bruce

 

Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, with Harry in attendance. The couple’s first child, Archie, was born in 2019.

The choice of name pays tribute to the queen after a difficult year for the couple, and the wider royal family. Lilibet is a family nickname for the 95-year-old British monarch.

Buckingham Palace said the queen, Harry’s father Prince Charles and his brother and wife, Prince William and Kate, were delighted with the news. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined them in sending his congratulations.

Meghan and Harry announced the birth with a statement.

“On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili. 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,” they said.

“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”

Harry and Meghan said Lilibet’s middle name was chosen to honour her grandmother, Princess Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997.

Both mother and baby – who is eighth in line to the throne – were doing well and were back at home, their press secretary said.

The nature of the announcement, almost two days after the birth, reflects the new life the couple have chosen in the United States.

When William’s wife Kate gave birth to her three children in recent years she emerged each time alongside her husband from a London hospital just a few hours later to be photographed by the world’s media that had camped out in the street.

The birth of Lilibet comes almost a year and a half after Harry and Meghan announced that they intended to step down from their royal roles, plunging the family into crisis.

The situation deteriorated sharply in March this year when they gave an explosive interview to U.S. chat show host Oprah Winfrey, accusing one unnamed royal of making a racist remark and saying Meghan’s pleas for help when she felt suicidal were ignored.

The 39-year-old, whose mother is Black and father is white, said she had been naive before marrying into royalty.

 

FAMILY CRISIS

Since the interview Harry had made further public criticism of his childhood, creating another public relations crisis for the royal family which is led by his grandmother, the queen, and 72-year-old Prince Charles.

Just last month Harry spoke of the trauma of the loss of his mother and how that was compounded when he had to walk as a 12-year-old behind her coffin in a funeral cortege under the glare of the world’s media.

The queen, who lost her husband Prince Philip in April after 73 years of marriage, has said she was saddened to learn of the experiences of Harry and Meghan.

The couple said they would be taking parental leave from their charity Archewell and have asked people who want to send gifts to support or learn about charities doing work for women and girls, the Archewell website said.

The names given to the baby also echo those given to the only daughter of Prince William, Harry’s elder brother, who is called Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

(Writing by Kate Holton and Andy Bruce; Editing by Alexander Smith, Raissa Kasolowsky and Frances Kerry)

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  • It seems a “‘lilibet’ too late” for them to now want to honour the Queen; they should have thought about being more considerate and less shameful in the things they raised during the Oprah interview!

  • Archie and Lilibet, what gormless names for (British) royalty. How brilliantly clever to give your children nicknames as “real” names.

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