SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s second baby has officially arrived: Meghan gave birth to a healthy daughter on Friday.
A spokesperson for Prince Harry and Meghan said on Sunday the couple welcomed their child Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor at 11:40 am. Their daughter weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces.
Her first name, Lilibet, is a nod to the nickname of Her Majesty the Queen. His middle name is in honor of his grandmother and Harry’s mother. The baby is the eighth to the British throne.
The couple released a statement with the announcement on Sunday, writing: “She is more than we could ever have imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we have felt across the world. Thank you for your kindness and continued support during this very special time for our family. ”
No photos of the newborn or the Sussexes accompanied the ad.
Harry and American actor Meghan Markle were married at Windsor Castle in May 2018. Their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born a year later.
In early 2020, Meghan and Harry announced they were stepping down from royal duties and moving to North America, citing what they said were the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media. They live in Montecito, an upscale neighborhood near Santa Barbara, California.
The birth comes after Harry and Meghan’s explosive TV interview with Oprah Winfrey in March. The couple described painful discussions about the color of their first child’s skin, the loss of royal protection and the intense pressures that led her to consider suicide.
Buckingham Palace said the couple’s allegations of racism were “concerning” and would be dealt with in private.
Winfrey and Harry on mental illness recently collaborated on the Apple TV + mental health series “The Me You Can’t See”.
Last year, Meghan revealed that she miscarried in July 2020, personally recounting the traumatic experience in hopes of helping others.
Months before the miscarriage, Harry said the royals cut him off financially in early 2020 after announcing his intention to step down from his roles. But he was able to keep his family safe thanks to the money his mother, Princess Diana, left behind.
In the interview with Winfrey, Meghan said she was concerned that her son did not have a royal title as it meant he would not be protected. More than the title of “prince”, she was most concerned with the safety and protection of her son.
Meghan said it was difficult for her to understand why the royals were concerned about the color of her son’s skin. She said it was difficult for her to “compartmentalize” these conversations.
Although he has stepped down from royal duties, Harry’s place in the order of succession to the throne remains.
The first seven places remain unchanged: Prince Charles; Prince William; his son Prince George, his siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis; Prince Harry and his son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
The birth of Lilibet moves Prince Andrew, born second in 1960, to ninth place.