“With great joy, Prince Harry and Meghan the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcome their daughter, Lilibet” Lili “Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.” To give the news a press release from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The official announcement also indicates what the nickname of the new entry in the Royal Family will be: Lili.
Meghan gave birth on Friday, the baby is healthy. According to the family spokesperson, the baby was born in a hospital in Santa Barbara, California and weighs about 3.5 kilograms. The first name, Lilibet, is a tribute to the nickname of Queen Elizabeth II; the second is in honor of grandmother Diana, Harry’s mother. The newborn is the eighth in the line of succession to the throne. The announcement was not accompanied by any photographs. The couple were married at Windsor Castle in May 2018, their first child Archie was born a year later.
The couple wanted to pay homage both to the duke’s mother, Lady Diana Spencer, but also to Queen Elizabeth, whose nickname in the family is Lilibet.
The baby was born last Friday at 11.40 am in a private clinic, the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. As for the name, the spokesperson underlined the homage to Lilibet’s “beloved grandmother”. Since the latter is not a real name, but a diminutive, it is likely that the girl will only be called “Lili”.
Since leaving London, Harry and Meghan have decided to give up not only the title of royal highness but also the funding that came from the Crown. In practice, they have decided to be financially autonomous. Harry currently works as Chief Impact Officer at BetterUp Inc, a mental health promotion company. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Harry accepted this position because he wanted to “be a driver of change in the lives of others.”