Harry And Meghan’s Daughter Lilibet Shares A Precious Connection With Princess Charlotte
Sep 22, 2022 by apost team
Meghan Markle gave birth to her second child, a girl, with Prince Harry on June 4, 2021 at 11:40 a.m., according to an official statement from the couple. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex first announced that they were expecting their second child on Valentine’s Day in 2021, only to reveal the baby’s sex during the Mar. 7, 2021 interview special “Oprah with Meghan and Harry.”
The couple’s big announcement on Sunday, June 6, 2021, was the first bit of good news the royal family has had in a while, given the saddening events of the past few years, which have been filled with strife and mourning. Prince Philip, who would have been the child’s great-grandfather, passed away on Apr. 9, 2021, at 99 years old. At the time, Meghan could not make it to Philip’s April 17 funeral because doctors advised against traveling to the U.K. while pregnant.
While the royal family is unlikely to immediately assign the newborn a title, Meghan and Harry’s daughter was thought to become a princess following Prince Charles’ ascension as king, as grandchildren of the king are automatically granted prince and princess status, according to Elle. In this case, Meghan and Harry’s first-born child, 3-year-old Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, could also become a prince. When Queen Elizabeth II was still at the helm, Archie remained seventh in line to the throne while Harry and Meghan’s baby girl was just behind her big brother.
It turns out that Harry and Meghan’s baby girl, Lilibet, also has a lot in common with her cousin, Princess Charlotte, who is third in line to the royal throne. Read on to find out what similarities they share.
The statement from the couple released following their daughter’s birth read, "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 continued, "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. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home."
The baby girl's name is truly meaningful as well, as all royal fans would know, and this was also addressed in the statement. "Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales."
This is precisely why Charlotte and Lilibet share a connection — both royals share the middle name Diana, which pays tribute to the late Princess of Wales. Similarly, Charlotte’s first middle name is Elizabeth, which, like Lililbet’s name, is an homage to the queen.
In fact, many royals share the middle name Elizabeth, including Princess Anne (Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise), Anne’s daughter (Zara Anne Elizabeth Tindall) and Anne’s granddaughter (Lena Elizabeth).
It will be an exciting moment when Lilibet is old enough to meet her many royal relatives who share such similar names. And only time will tell whether Lilibet will keep her distance from the royal family, as her parents have, or whether she will make amends with her relatives in England.
“My husband and I are thrilled to soon be welcoming a daughter,” Meghan said of Lilibet ahead of her birth. “It’s a feeling of joy we share with millions of other families around the world. When we think of her, we think of all the other families around the globe who must be given the ability and support to lead us forward. Their future leadership depends on the decisions we make and the actions we take now to set them up and to set all of us up for a successful, equitable and compassionate tomorrow.”
Leading up to their second child’s birth, Meghan had been relatively private, staying out of the public eye and refusing to reveal her daughter’s due date. The duchess also decided not to have a baby shower. According to US Weekly, Meghan didn’t feel such a celebration would be appropriate during the time of the coronavirus pandemic.
Fans and experts who follow the Sussexes are no doubt thrilled by Lilibet’s arrival in the summer of 2021, as an addition to the royal family is quite a momentous occasion. What makes the announcement even more remarkable is that Meghan and Harry are unlikely to have another child based on what they’ve said in the past.
“To have any one or any two, but to have a boy and then a girl — what more could you ask for?” Harry told Oprah Winfrey in March. “But now we've got our family. We've got the four of us, we've got our two dogs. Done.”
“Done — two is it?” Oprah asked.
“Two is it,” Meghan confirmed.Princess Charlotte, Duchess Catherine (2019), (UK Press Pool/UK Press via Getty Images)
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