Harry and Meghan announce birth of baby girl

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced the birth of their second child, a baby girl.

Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday morning in a hospital in Santa Barbara, California.

Both mother and child are healthy and well, the pair said in a statement.

The couple said they named their second child Lilibet after the Royal Family’s nickname for the Queen, the baby’s great-grandmother.

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Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her “beloved late grandmother”, The Princess of Wales, the statement said.

Harry and Meghan holding their first child when Meghan was pregnant
The couple, pictured here with their son Archie, announced they were expecting their second child in February

Lilibet was born at 11:40am local time 19:40 BST, weighed 7 lbs 11 oz and is now “settling in at home”.

She is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild and is eighth in line to the throne.

In a message of thanks on the couple’s Archewell website, they said: “On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.

“She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe.

“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”

Prince Harry and Meghan married in May 2018 in a ceremony at Windsor Castle and welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, a year later.

Harry and Meghan quit their roles as senior working royals in March 2020 and now live in California.

The couple’s statement said it was with “great joy” that they welcomed Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor to the world.

“The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.”