Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced on Sunday that they welcomed their second child, a baby girl they have named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, two days before on Friday, June 4.
The couple said in their statement that “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.”
A source is now coming forward to reveal that Harry had actually planned to name his daughter after his late mother Princess Diana since long before he met Meghan.
“Harry had wanted to name his future daughter after his mom long before he met Meghan [Markle],” a source told Page Six. “Meghan was cognizant and fully supportive of that when they discussed potential names.”
Meghan and Harry could not be happier with their little girl, who joins their 2 year-old son Archie.
“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 said in their statement. “Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
A source previously said that it was “highly unlikely” that they would name their daughter Diana.
“Their biggest concern is that it would make her a bigger target for the media, and considerably increase public interest in the child’s life,” this insider said. “Whatever anybody thinks, Harry and Meghan do value their privacy and want to shield their children from the intense media pressure they have endured.”
The source went on to say that Meghan and Harry “fear” the name “would place too much pressure on the child and make everything difficult, from enrolling her in school to travel. And they want her to find her own way in life.”
This source said that they would “consider” giving their daughter the middle name Diana, which is ultimately what they decided to do.
When Meghan and Harry revealed that they were expecting a girl earlier this year, he said that his first thought was “amazing.”
“Just grateful. To have any child, any one or any two, would have been amazing,” Harry said. “But to have a boy and then a girl, I mean, what more can you ask for? Now we’ve got our family, we got the four of us and our two dogs.”