The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s second baby is officially here. Meghan gave birth to a healthy girl on Friday.
A spokeswoman for Prince Harry and Meghan said the couple welcomed their child Lil Rivett “Lily” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor at 11:40 a.m. Sunday on Sunday. Their daughter weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces.
Her name Lilibet is a nod to Her Majesty’s nickname. Her middle name is in honor of her grandmother and Harry’s mother, the late Diana. The baby is eighth after the British throne.
“She is more than we could have imagined,” the couple said in a statement accompanying the announcement on Sunday, and we continue to be grateful for the love and prayers we have felt around the world. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this special time for our family.”
There are no photos of newborns or Sussexes with the announcement.
Harry and American actress Meghan Markle got married at Windsor Castle in May 2018. Their son Archie was born a year later.
In early 2020, Megan and Harry announced they were leaving their royal duties and moving to North America, citing the intolerable intrusion and racist attitudes of the British press. They live in Montecito, a luxurious neighborhood near Santa Barbara, California.
It was born after Harry and Meghan’s explosive TV interview with Oprah Winfrey in March. The two described the painful debate over the color of their first child’s skin, the intense pressures that led to the loss of royal protection and Meghan’s contemplation of suicide.
Buckingham Palace said the racist allegations made by the couple were “a concern”. The royal family said the matter would be resolved personally.
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Last year, Megan revealed that she had a miscarriage in July 2020, sharing a personal account of her traumatic experience to help others.
A few months before the miscarriage, Harry said he was financially cut off by the royal family in early 2020 after announcing plans to step down from his role. However, he was able to protect his family because of the money left behind by his mother, Princess Diana.
In an interview with Winfrey, Meghan was concerned about not having a royal title because no security was provided for her son. She was more concerned about the safety and protection of her son than with the title of “Prince”.
Meghan said it was difficult to understand why there were concerns within the royal family about her son’s skin color. It’s hard to “differentiate” these conversations, she said.
Harry also said there was a lasting impact on Megan’s treatment and her relationship with her family.
Harry and Meghan’s royal abdication began in March 2020 after what the British media described as trespassing and racist attitudes towards the Duchess.
Despite leaving the royal family, Harry’s place in the order of succession remains.
The first 7 places remained unchanged. Prince Charles; Prince William; his sons Prince George, his brothers Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis; Prince Harry and his son Arch Mount Batten Windsor.
Lilibet’s birth drops Prince Andrew, who was born in second place in 1960, to ninth place.