The Queen is “delighted” after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the birth of their second child, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, Buckingham Palace has said.
The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge also congratulated the couple on social media. The Queen’s 11th great-grandchild was born on Friday at a hospital in Santa Barbara, California.
Lilibet was the Queen’s nickname when she was a child.
Earlier, the couple’s press secretary said in a statement that Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to her second child with Prince Harry, welcoming daughter Lilibet on Friday in California,
“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,” the statement said. “Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.”
The press secretary said Lilibet was born Friday morning at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, and weighed 7 lbs., 11 ounces.
The statement said the child is named after Queen Elizabeth, Harry’s grandmother, “whose family nickname is Lilibet.” Her middle name of Diana was chosen to honor Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.
The couple have a 2-year-old son, Archie, and wished to thank the public “for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.”
Lilibet is eighth in the line of succession for the throne. Harry and Meghan’s children do not have titles like “prince” or “princess” because only the grandchildren of the monarch have those titles, although Queen Elizabeth made an exception for William’s children, since they are in the direct line of succession.