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…

  • LILIBET SET TO HAVE A-LIST PLAYMATES

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s newborn baby daughter Lilibet Diana is set to enjoy a host of A-list play dates with the likes of Katy Perry and Serena Williams’ kids.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced today that the baby girl was born on Friday, the first of Queens’s great-grandchildren to be born outside of the UK.

    After Meghan and Harry’s permanent relocation to their $14millon mansion in Montecito, California, Lilibet is set to spend more time with the children of A-list celebrities than a circle of cousins in the UK.

    Among them are Orlando Bloom, 44, and Katy Perry, 36, who welcomed their daughter Daisy Dove in August 2020.

    Harry claims that he and Bloom became close after the actor tipped him off to a photographer in the area.

    He says the pair “keep in touch” over text.

  • WATCH: PIERS MORGAN COMPARES HARRY AND MEGHAN TO KIM JONG UN

    Piers Morgan blasts Meghan and Prince Harry for ‘marching around like they’re Kim Jong-un with a dash of Vladimir Putin’
  • ROYAL REVEAL

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed their first daughter into the world – Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

    However, the adorable name may not come as much of a surprise to numerous royal fans who predicted the sweet moniker back in APRIL.

    Following the loss of her husband of 73 years, royal fans were convinced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were going to pay tribute to The Queen with their baby daughter’s name.

    And now we know they were correct.

    Although we all know her as Queen Elizabeth, Her Majesty’s parents and late husband lovingly referred to her as “Lilibet”.

  • ‘ALL MY LOVE’

    Meghan Markle’s estranged dad Thomas Markle has said he is “very pleased” about the birth of his granddaughter.

    After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the birth of daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor he wished them “all my love”.

    The 76-year-old retired Hollywood lighting engineer and his daughter have been estranged over claims that he staged photos in return for cash.

    Meghan Markle had her second child at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on Friday at 11.40am.

    “I’m very pleased that my daughter and my new granddaughter had a successful delivery,” Thomas told The Sun Online.

    “I wish them all my love and the best of luck.”

  • 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.

  • ROYAL DOMAIN

    The domain name lilibetdiana.com was bought on the same day Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their daughter, an online registry shows.

    The URL was created on Friday June 4 through GoDaddy – three days before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the arrival of Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

    A landing page for the address – which is marked insecure – says the site is “parked free” and can be purchased through a broker.

    The name of the registrant is not revealed in an online Whois record, and the IP address that registered the website was in Kansas City, Missouri, The Mirror reports.

    A domain is an identification string that enables administrative autonomy, authority or control online.

  • DISPLAYS TO HONOUR PRINCE PHILIP THIS SUMMER

    Special displays at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse this summer are to commemorate the life and legacy of the Duke of Edinburgh.

    Opening at Windsor Castle on June 24 and at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on July 23, the two separate exhibitions will chart significant events and achievements in Philip’s life through a total of more than 150 objects, the Royal Collection Trust announced.

    Themes explored in Prince Philip: A Celebration will include the duke’s early life and naval career, his role as consort and his support for the Queen at home and abroad.

    The displays will also focus on the duke’s wide-ranging patronages and associations, including sport, science and industry, conservation and the environment, art and collecting, and encouraging younger generations.

    Highlights at Windsor will include the Coronation Robe and Coronet worn by Philip during the Queen’s Coronation and his Chair of Estate which is usually located in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace.

  • HOW DID MEGHAN AND HARRY ANNOUNCE PREGNANCY?

    The announcement came almost a year after Meghan revealed the “unbearable grief” she and Harry had suffered when she had a miscarriage last July. 

    The Duchess of Sussex said she had decided to speak out about her loss because miscarriage was still a taboo subject which led to a “cycle of solitary mourning”.

    And the couple, who currently live with two-year-old son Archie in Santa Barbara, California, later announced on Valentines Day that they were expecting their second child.

    They shared a black and white picture of themselves under a tree, with a shoeless Harry resting his hand on Meghan’s head as she cradled her bump.

    Delivering the news, the proud parents said: “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • MEGHAN’S HOME WOULD HAVE BEEN ‘BEAUTIFUL SETTING’ TO GIVE BIRTH – BUT THEY WENT TO HOSPITAL

    A source told Page Six earlier this year that Meghan was determined to give birth to her second child without the need to go to hospital.

    “Meghan’s plan was to have a home birth with Archie, but you know what they say about the best-laid plans,” a source said.

    “In the end, her doctors advised her to go to hospital and all she was interested in was about delivering Archie safely.

    “But she has a beautiful home in California. It’s a beautiful setting to give birth to her baby girl.”

  • MEGHAN AND HARRY WANT WELL-WISHERS TO DONATE TO WOMEN’S CHARITY

    The couple has asked people not to send them gifts following the birth of Lilibet.

    Instead they asked them to give cash to and learn about Girls Inc, Harvest Home, CAMFED and the Myna Mahila Foundation.

    The four charities support women’s issues from education to homeless pregnancies to menstrual hygiene.

    Meghan has worked with them previously.

  • 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.

  • WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:

    • Meghan and Harry have given birth to a baby girl called Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in a touching nod to the Queen
    • She was born at hospital in Santa Barbara on Friday morning weighing 7lbs 11oz
    • Lili and Meghan are “healthy and well” and “settling in at home”
    • Meghan and Harry have asked people to support organisations working for women and girls instead of giving a present
    • Lili is now eighth in line to the throne, behind her older brother Archie
    • Meghan and Harry kept birth a secret for two DAYS before announcing baby joy to the world
    • Queen, William and Kate Middleton say they are ‘delighted’ after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome baby Lilibet
    • The clues Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose their baby girl’s name Lili years earlier
  • 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.”

  • GRAN GESTURE

    Prince Harry and Meghan’s choice to name their daughter Lilibet was last night seen as an attempt to repair relations with the Royal Family.

    Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor shares the nickname Prince Philip called his wife the Queen for more than 70 years — while the middle name is a tribute to Harry’s mum.

    Royal author Phil Dampier said: “Lilibet is such a personal name to the Queen you would hope they gave the palace the heads-up.

    “I suspect Harry and Meghan have realised they’ve overdone their criticism in recent months and the penny has dropped that they’ve caused deep hurt to Harry’s gran and other family members.”

    Mr Dampier — who wrote Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan in their own words — added: “They might be trying to undo some of the damage.”

  • LILIBET SET TO HAVE A-LIST PLAYMATES

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s newborn baby daughter Lilibet Diana is set to enjoy a host of A-list play dates with the likes of Katy Perry and Serena Williams’ kids.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced today that the baby girl was born on Friday, the first of Queens’s great-grandchildren to be born outside of the UK.

    After Meghan and Harry’s permanent relocation to their $14millon mansion in Montecito, California, Lilibet is set to spend more time with the children of A-list celebrities than a circle of cousins in the UK.

    Among them are Orlando Bloom, 44, and Katy Perry, 36, who welcomed their daughter Daisy Dove in August 2020.

    Harry claims that he and Bloom became close after the actor tipped him off to a photographer in the area.

    He says the pair “keep in touch” over text.

  • BABY SURPRISE

    The Queen was told by Prince Harry that baby Lilibet would be named after her – but Palace officials were in the dark about the birth announcement, it’s been reported.

    Sources suggest Buckingham Palace officials were left out of the loop about Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor’s birth – and only found out at 5pm along with the rest of the world.

    According to The Times, Her Majesty was told that her 11th great-grandchild was going to be named after her.

    But it’s not known if the Queen knew that the Duchess of Sussex had given birth before the public did.

    It wasn’t until 6.34pm – over an hour and a half after Meghan and Harry’s announcement – that the Royal Family released a well-wishing statement about the good news.

  • WATCH: MEGHAN GIFTS COPIES OF NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK

    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 AND HARRY WANT WELL-WISHERS TO DONATE TO WOMEN’S CHARITY

    The couple has asked people not to send them gifts following the birth of Lilibet.

    Instead they asked them to give cash to and learn about Girls Inc, Harvest Home, CAMFED and the Myna Mahila Foundation.

    The four charities support women’s issues from education to homeless pregnancies to menstrual hygiene.

    Meghan has worked with them previously.

  • 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.’

  • GRAN GESTURE

    Prince Harry and Meghan’s choice to name their daughter Lilibet was last night seen as an attempt to repair relations with the Royal Family.

    Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor shares the nickname Prince Philip called his wife the Queen for more than 70 years — while the middle name is a tribute to Harry’s mum.

    Royal author Phil Dampier said: “Lilibet is such a personal name to the Queen you would hope they gave the palace the heads-up.

    “I suspect Harry and Meghan have realised they’ve overdone their criticism in recent months and the penny has dropped that they’ve caused deep hurt to Harry’s gran and other family members.”

    Mr Dampier — who wrote Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan in their own words — added: “They might be trying to undo some of the damage.”

  • LILIBET SET TO HAVE A-LIST PLAYMATES

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s newborn baby daughter Lilibet Diana is set to enjoy a host of A-list play dates with the likes of Katy Perry and Serena Williams’ kids.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced today that the baby girl was born on Friday, the first of Queens’s great-grandchildren to be born outside of the UK.

    After Meghan and Harry’s permanent relocation to their $14millon mansion in Montecito, California, Lilibet is set to spend more time with the children of A-list celebrities than a circle of cousins in the UK.

    Among them are Orlando Bloom, 44, and Katy Perry, 36, who welcomed their daughter Daisy Dove in August 2020.

    Harry claims that he and Bloom became close after the actor tipped him off to a photographer in the area.

    He says the pair “keep in touch” over text.

  • HOW DID MEGHAN AND HARRY ANNOUNCE PREGNANCY?

    The announcement came almost a year after Meghan revealed the “unbearable grief” she and Harry had suffered when she had a miscarriage last July. 

    The Duchess of Sussex said she had decided to speak out about her loss because miscarriage was still a taboo subject which led to a “cycle of solitary mourning”.

    And the couple, who currently live with two-year-old son Archie in Santa Barbara, California, later announced on Valentines Day that they were expecting their second child.

    They shared a black and white picture of themselves under a tree, with a shoeless Harry resting his hand on Meghan’s head as she cradled her bump.

    Delivering the news, the proud parents said: “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother.”

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