Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced on Sunday that their daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, was born two days before on June 4. The little girl was named after her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, whose family nickname is Lilibet, and Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.
It has since been suggested that this particular name has been on Harry’s mind for at least two years. During a royal event that took place in Birkenhead, England back in January of 2019, Harry walked up to the mother of a little girl named Lily and asked her about the spelling of her daughter’s name. Meghan was pregnant with their son Archie at the time, but his gender had not yet been revealed.
“Prince Harry came over first and chatted to my two-year-old then spoke to my six-year-old Lily and then as he was walking off, he turned back he asked Lily if she spelt her name with a I or Y,” Rebecca Blundell, Lily’s mother, told Daily Mail at the time. “I straight away thought that must be a name choice.”
This comes after Harry and Meghan announced Lili’s birth over the weekend.
“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,” their statement continued. “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 the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” they added. “The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.”
Meghan and Harry also shared a sweet message about the birth on their Archewell Foundation website.
“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,” they wrote. “Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”