Here's How the Royal Family Is Celebrating the Arrival of Lilibet "Lili" Diana
In case you missed it, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their daughter, Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, over the weekend. The newest addition to the royal family officially arrived on Friday, June 4, 2021, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a statement confirming the news early Sunday morning.
"It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet â€śLiliâ€ť Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world," read a statement from the Sussexes' representative. "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."
Their new daughter weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and the couple also confirmed that both Meghan and Lili are "healthy and well, and settling in at home." Her sweet and thoughtful name pays tribute to two significant women in Harry's life. Her first name is "after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet." Her middle name Diana, "was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales."
After what has been a tumultuous year for the royal family, the world waited to see how the rest of the Windsors would react and celebrate the news. Shortly after the announcement, Queen Elizabeth II released a statement from Buckingham Palace on her and the rest of the family on Sunday. "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 of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex," the statement read.
Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton also joined in congratulating the couple on welcoming their daughter with their own separate message posted to their Instagram account that read, "We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili.Congratulations to Harry, Meghan, and Archie."
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also reportedly sent a gift to Meghan and Harry in honor of the exciting day. A source told Us Weekly that William and Kate were â€śinformed about the birth and have sent Lilibet a gift.â€ť
On June 11, the Duchess of Cambridge visited an elementary school in the U.K. with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. During a press panel, a reporter asked Kate about the arrival of her new niece. "I wish her all the very best," Kate said with a smile. "I can't wait to meet her because haven't yet met her. So hopefully that will be soon."
The reporter followed up the question by asking if she had met the newest member of the family over video call, to which Kate replied, "No, I haven't."
Lilibet joins her big brother Archie, who was born May 6, 2019, and her three cousins, Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3.
Harry and Meghan recently posted another short message thanks to their Archewell Foundation site following the world's â€” and their family's â€” support.
â€śOn June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili," the statement read. "She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers weâ€™ve felt from across the globe. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.â€ť
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex first announced they were expecting their second child in February of this year with a beautiful black-and-white photo taken by their good friend and photographer Misan Harriman. "We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother,â€ť Meghan and Harry shared in a statement.
The couple later revealed the gender of the baby on the way during their bombshell interview with Oprah. â€śTo have a boy and then a girl, what more could you ask for?â€ť said Harry.