Prince Harry and Meghan Markle introduced baby Lilibet to Queen over video call
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their second child, a daughter, at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California on June 4. The couple stunned the world by revealing the name of the newborn baby girl, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who was named after Queen Elizabeth's family nickname and late Princess Diana. "On June 4th, 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," the duke and duchess of Sussex said in a statement.
A source told People Magazine that the couple quickly introduced baby Lilibet to the queen via a video call after they returned home from the hospital. The source was quoted as saying, "They were very excited and couldn’t wait to share that their daughter arrived." The baby girl was born at 11.40am and weighed 7 lbs and 11 oz, a spokesperson for the couple informed.
"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," the couple explained in the birth announcement. Royal historian Robert Lacey said that it was important for Harry, 36, to pay tribute to his grandmother, the queen, 95. "She was a sort of stepmother for both Harry and William (after Diana died). We have all focused on her coaching William as the future king, but we are realizing now the importance of the emotional bonds that she’s been able to establish with Harry, and their ability to talk to each other directly. That affection remains," she said.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said that the queen, Harry’s father, Prince Charles, his brother, Prince William and other members of the family are "delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex". Meghan and Harry now reside in the coastal city of Montecito, California, after their departure from royal duties. An insider told People magazine that the couple "are so happy" and that "this baby solidifies that they are creating roots here in the States."