Royal Family news – 'Lilibet Diana' baby name is Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's incredible tribute to Queen and Philip

MEGHAN and Harry have paid a touching tribute to the Queen and Prince Philip by giving their newborn baby girl the Queen's nickname.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had their second child at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on Friday at 11.40am, it was announced yesterday.

Baby Lilibet is a nod to a nickname for the Queen when she was young, while her middle name is an ode to Princes Diana – Harry's mother.

The new arrival is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild, joining big brother Archie and Prince William's kids George, Charlotte and Louis.

The couple said in a statement: “It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.

“Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.

“She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz (3.5kg). Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home. Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.

“Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales. This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.”

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY’S BABY DAUGHTER WILL BE ‘FRIENDLY’, ‘SMART’ & ‘A HANDFUL’ ACCORDING TO HOROSCOPE EXPERT

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed baby number two, with their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor arriving on Friday 4 June.

    Now we know the exact date of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new arrival, Tarot queen Kerry King reveals what kind of energy the new baby will bring to their happy home.

    Lilibet’s birthday falls within the Gemini dates (May 22 – June 21) and Geminis are the tricksters of the zodiac, the most playful, youthful and curious sign. 

    Ruled by the planet Mercury, which influences commerce, communication and speed. 

    A Gemini child is a handful, for sure (in fact, the same goes for Gemini adults). They would be into everything, asking all sort of questions all day long, and full of nervous, sparkly, friendly energy. Geminis do everything quickly, and smartly too. 

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ANNOUNCE BIRTH OF BABY GIRL LILIBET ‘LILI’ DIANA MOUNTBATTEN-WINDSOR

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announce birth of baby girl Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor

  • Joseph Gamp

    ROYAL FAMILY TWEETS CONGRATULATIONS TO MEGHAN & HARRY

    Following the Buckingham Palace statement, the Royal Family Twitter account posted a message of congratulations to Harry and Meghan, alongside a picture of them on their wedding day.

    It said: “Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana!

    “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news. Lilibet is Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    DUKE AND DUCHESS STATEMENT ON BIRTH OF LILIBET DIANA

    The couple said in a statement: “It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.

    “Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.

    “She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz (3.5kg). Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home. Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.

    “Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.

    “This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    PICTURED: THE ROYAL LINE OF SUCCESSION TO THE THRONE

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN MARKLE HAS A £4,800 CARTIER WATCH SHE PLANS TO GIVE TO HER BABY GIRL

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed the arrival of their baby girl, named Lilibet "Lili" Diana, in a statement two days after her birth on 4 June.

    Meghan bought the pricey Cartier Tank Française after learning Suits – the television programme she starred in – had been commissioned for a third season.

    And back in 2015, Meghan said she hopes to one day pass down her £4,800 Cartier watch to her daughter.

    The Duchess previously told Hello: "When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season – which, at the time, felt like such a milestone – I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version [of the watch]."

    She continued: "I had it engraved on the back, 'To M.M. From M.M.'

  • Joseph Gamp

    PIERS MORGAN ‘DECLINES TO COMMENT’ ON MEGHAN AND HARRY’S BABY NEWS AS HE’S ‘RESPECTING THEIR CONSTANT PLEAS FOR PRIVACY’

    PIERS Morgan has said he's "declining to comment" on Meghan and Harry's baby news as he "respects their constant pleas for privacy."

    The tongue-in-cheek comment comes after the Sussexes announced the birth of their daughter Lilibet Diana – whose name is a tribute to both the Queen and Princess Diana.

    In a tweet, Piers wrote: "To those asking for my reaction to the new royal baby, I am respecting her parents' constant pleas for privacy and declining to comment."

    His reaction is unsurprising – after the former Good Morning Britain host blamed Meghan Markle for his dramatic morning show exit after her "lies."

    The firebrand TV presenter left the ITV show in March when he refused to apologise for doubting Meghan's claims in her Oprah Winfrey interview.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY’S BABY DAUGHTER WILL BE ‘FRIENDLY’, ‘SMART’ & ‘A HANDFUL’ ACCORDING TO HOROSCOPE EXPERT

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed baby number two, with their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor arriving on Friday 4 June.

    Now we know the exact date of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new arrival, Tarot queen Kerry King reveals what kind of energy the new baby will bring to their happy home.

    Lilibet’s birthday falls within the Gemini dates (May 22 – June 21) and Geminis are the tricksters of the zodiac, the most playful, youthful and curious sign. 

    Ruled by the planet Mercury, which influences commerce, communication and speed. 

    A Gemini child is a handful, for sure (in fact, the same goes for Gemini adults). They would be into everything, asking all sort of questions all day long, and full of nervous, sparkly, friendly energy. Geminis do everything quickly, and smartly too. 

  • Joseph Gamp

    ROYAL FAMILY TWEETS CONGRATULATIONS TO MEGHAN & HARRY

    Following the Buckingham Palace statement, the Royal Family Twitter account posted a message of congratulations to Harry and Meghan, alongside a picture of them on their wedding day.

    It said: “Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana!

    “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news. Lilibet is Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild.”

     

  • Joseph Gamp

    ARCHIE’S ‘DEBUT’

    Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Archie and their new daughter “could join the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony for her Platinum Jubilee,” it’s been said.

    With celebrations set in the calendar for June 2022, many believe that Archie and his baby sister will make their first balcony debut along with the Royal Family.

    Meghan and Harry revealed earlier this year that they are expecting their second child – with their daughter set to be born in the summer.

    Kate and William’s kids – Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis – have all made their debuts on the infamous Buckingham Palace balcony.

    Little Archie will turn three before the Jubilee – and could be among members of the family present when Trooping the Colour takes place on June 2.

  • Ed Southgate

    IS LILIBET DIANA A PRINCESS?

    Lilibet Diana shares the name of two royal icons and is eight in line to the throne.

    But despite all that it does not mean she automatically gets a title, just like brother Archie, two.

    King George V established in 1917 that great grandchildren of the monarch will not automatically be a prince or a princess.

    It means both of Harry and Meghan's kids do not have their titles yet.

    But when Prince Charles becomes King, and they move from being the monarch's great grandchildren to the monarch's grandchildren, they can claim their titles.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHAT HARRY AND MEGHAN’S BABY DAUGHTER LILIBET WILL LOOK LIKE, ACCORDING TO FACE MASH-UP APP

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have become the proud parents of their newborn daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana, with the couple welcoming baby number two on Friday 4 June.

    And thanks to a facial generation app, we may be able to imagine what the A-lister tot looks like, before the first picture of her drops.

    The Make Me Babies website lets you upload pictures of two parents and it claims to “accurately” predict how they will look when they are born.

    We wasted no time in putting in the faces of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the results are quite adorable.

    In the generated photo, the baby girl has Meghan’s beautiful brunette locks but has hints of Harry’s cheeky smile.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN AND HARRY CONGRATULATED BY WILLIAM SHATNER

    Star Trek legend and American actor William Shatner has also given his best wishes to the proud parents.

    He tweeted: "Congratulations to Prince Harry & Meghan on the birth of their daughter."

    A tweet from the legend himself – surely, this is the stuff of dreams!

  • Joseph Gamp

    GAYLE KING, SERENA WILLIAMS AND BEYONCE COULD ALSO MAKE CUT AS LILIBET’S GODMOTHER

    Oprah is not the only “strong” woman in Meghan’s life who could make the cut.

    Other A-list pals the couple have grown close to since their move to the US include morning TV host Gayle King. The presenter has become a mouthpiece for the couple – revealing in April it was “no secret” Harry and William’s relationship was “strained”.

    Tennis ace Serena Williams, who was a guest at the couple’s wedding in 2018, could be picked after a seven-year friendship with Meghan.

    The pair have been pals since meeting at a glitzy event and Meghan has been pictured supporting the champ at a string of tennis matches. Gushing Serena recently heaped praise on the former actress’ “strength and poise” – claiming she was the “strongest person I know”.

    Megastar Beyonce could also be in the picture after she also praised Meghan for speaking out in her Oprah interview.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MAPPED: THE LINE TO SUCCESSION TO THE THRONE

  • Joseph Gamp

    WILLIAM AND KATE SEND SEPARATE TWEET OF CONGRATULATIONS TO MEGHAN & HARRY

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also tweeted separately from their @KensingtonRoyal account.

    "We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili," they said.

    "Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie."

  • Joseph Gamp

    ROYAL FAMILY TWEETS CONGRATULATIONS TO MEGHAN& HARRY

    Following the Buckingham Palace statement, the Royal Family Twitter account posted a message of congratulations to Harry and Meghan, alongside a picture of them on their wedding day.

    It said: "Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana!

    "The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news. Lilibet is Her Majesty's 11th great-grandchild."

  • Joseph Gamp

    MOTHER AND CHILD ARE SETTLING IN NICELY AT HOME

    A statement on the Archewell website reads: "She (Lilibet) weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home."

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY’S BABY DAUGHTER WILL BE ‘FRIENDLY’, ‘SMART’ & ‘A HANDFUL’ ACCORDING TO HOROSCOPE EXPERT

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed baby number two, with their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor arriving on Friday 4 June.

    Now we know the exact date of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new arrival, Tarot queen Kerry King reveals what kind of energy the new baby will bring to their happy home.

    Lilibet’s birthday falls within the Gemini dates (May 22 – June 21) and Geminis are the tricksters of the zodiac, the most playful, youthful and curious sign. 

    Ruled by the planet Mercury, which influences commerce, communication and speed. 

    A Gemini child is a handful, for sure (in fact, the same goes for Gemini adults). They would be into everything, asking all sort of questions all day long, and full of nervous, sparkly, friendly energy. Geminis do everything quickly, and smartly too. 

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN MARKLE GIVES BIRTH TO BABY GIRL AT SANTA BARBARA COTTAGE HOSPITAL IN LA AFTER ‘HOME BIRTH PLANS’

    MEGHAN Markle has given birth to a baby girl at a hospital in Los Angeles – after sources previously said there were plans for a home birth.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had their second child at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on Friday at 11.40am, it was announced today.

    This comes after it was previously reported Meghan was planning a home birth at her luxury LA mansion.

    The Duchess of Sussex was initially said to be planning to deliver her daughter at home in the early summer.

    But their daughter was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital instead – as Meghan seemed to ditch the idea to have a home birth. Lilibet Diana, named in tribute to the Queen and Princess Diana, is the first royal to be born in the US.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN MARKLE GIFTS COPY OF HER CHILDREN'S BOOK THE BENCH TO HOLLYWOOD PHOTOGRAPHER PAL WHO REVEALS SNEAK PEEK AT ILLUSTRATION OF PRINCE HARRY AND ARCHIE

    Meghan Markle gifts copy of her children’s book The Bench to Hollywood photographer pal who reveals sneak peek at illustration of Prince Harry and Archie

  • Joseph Gamp

    GAYLE KING, SERENA WILLIAMS AND BEYONCE COULD ALSO MAKE CUT AS LILIBET’S GODMOTHER

    Oprah is not the only “strong” woman in Meghan’s life who could make the cut.

    Other A-list pals the couple have grown close to since their move to the US include morning TV host Gayle King. The presenter has become a mouthpiece for the couple – revealing in April it was “no secret” Harry and William’s relationship was “strained”.

    Tennis ace Serena Williams, who was a guest at the couple’s wedding in 2018, could be picked after a seven-year friendship with Meghan.

    The pair have been pals since meeting at a glitzy event and Meghan has been pictured supporting the champ at a string of tennis matches. Gushing Serena recently heaped praise on the former actress’ “strength and poise” – claiming she was the “strongest person I know”.

    Megastar Beyonce could also be in the picture after she also praised Meghan for speaking out in her Oprah interview.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHY WAS QUEEN ELIZABETH CALLED LILIBET?

    Queen Elizabeth is known as Her Majesty to the public and as Lilibet to her close family.

    She was nicknamed Lilibet as a child because she could not pronounce her own name, according to Business Insider.

    Her late husband Prince Philip would also refer to her as such, and when he passed, Queen Elizabeth left him a handwritten note on his coffin signed Lilibet.

    He was thought to be the last person to call her Lilibet.

  • Joseph Gamp

    SWEET PHOTOS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY AS BABIES… CONTINUED

    Kate paid homage to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana with her third pregnancy outfit, wearing a similar dress to what Diana had worn back in 1984 for Prince Harry’s baby photo.

    Hours-old Prince Louis was pictured snuggled up in a white knit hat and white GH Hurt & Son blanket, which has been tradition for over 70 years.

    Royal fans have always been desperate to see new arrivals, and baby photos have been met with much anticipation.

  • Joseph Gamp

    SWEET PHOTOS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY AS BABIES, INCLUDING MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY AND PRINCESS DIANA

    MEGHAN Markle has confirmed she has given birth to daughter Lilibet "Lili" Diana and royal fans are desperate to get a glimpse of the newborn baby now she has arrived.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex previously announced they are keeping the birth private, but fans are hoping the couple will now release a sweet photo of the baby within the days following her birth.

    Sweet pictures emerged of Meghan as a baby, being bounced on the knee of mum Doria Ragland.

    LA-based yoga teacher Doria used to refer to her adorable daughter as “Flower” when she was a tot.

    Meghan may not be posing on the steps outside of her maternity ward or home, but Kate Middleton revealed her three children in this way.

    Posing on the steps of the lavish £7,500-a-night Lindo Wing, she proudly showed off Prince George in 2013, Princess Charlotte in 2015 and Prince Louis last year.

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