The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced the birth of their second child. The new-born was a girl, and they named her Lilibet.
Lillibit Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born Friday morning at a hospital in Santa Barbara, California.
Prince Harry and Meghan said in a statement that the mother and baby were in good health.
The couple said they have named their second child, Lilibit, after the royal family’s pampering Queen Elizabeth.
The statement said her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her “beloved late grandmother”, the Princess of Wales.
Lilibet was born at 11:40 a.m. local time, weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces and is now “staying home.”
She is the eleventh granddaughter of the Queen and is eighth in line to the throne.
In a thank you note posted on the couple’s Archwell website, the couple said: “On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter Lily.”
“It’s more than we could have ever imagined, and we are still grateful for the love and prayers we felt from all over the world,” they added.
The letter adds that anyone wishing to send gifts is asked to “support or learn more about” organizations working for women and girls.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter, “My sincere congratulations” to the couple.
Prince Harry and Meghan married in May 2018 in a ceremony at Windsor Castle and had their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, a year later.
The couple resigned from their roles as senior members of the royal family in March 2020 and now live in California.
Their statement said it was “with great joy” to welcome Lilybet “Lily” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor into the world.
“The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family,” their statement read.
Lillipet, the pampering name for Queen Elizabeth, was coined when Princess Elizabeth was then just a little girl and couldn’t pronounce her name correctly.
Her grandfather, King George V, would affectionately call her Lillipet, mimicking her own attempts to say her name. Her pampered family name soon became Lilibit since then.
The Queen’s late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, called her Lillipet and wrote to his mother-in-law after their marriage: “Lillipet is the only ‘thing’ in the completely real world to me.”
The baby’s middle name is Diana, in honor of Prince Harry’s mother, who died in a car accident in 1997 when Harry was 12 years old.
The middle name of Lillibit’s cousin, Princess Charlotte, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, also includes the names Elizabeth and Diana.