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. A source has since come forward to reveal that Meghan and Harry introduced their daughter to Queen Elizabeth via video call soon after they returned home from the hospital.
“They were very excited and couldn’t wait to share that their daughter arrived,” the source told People Magazine.
In announcing the birth of their daughter, Meghan and Harry said, “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.”
Lilibet is a nickname that the Queen has had in her family since she was a toddler, when she could not pronounce her name “Elizabeth” and said “Lilibet” instead. Historian Robert Lacey explained that it was important to Harry to pay tribute to his 95 year-old grandmother with his daughter’s name because of the close bond he shares with her.
“She was a sort of stepmother for both Harry and William [after Diana died],” Lacey said. “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.”
Dean Stott, a friend of Meghan and Harry’s, also spoke out to say that the couple could not be happier to welcome Lili into the world.
“Lili becomes the fourth generation of amazing, strong women in the family-behind Meghan, Diana and her Majesty the Queen,” Stott said. “Harry and Meghan now have their complete family. It’s their time to be in the moment.”
Both Meghan and Harry will be stepping back for a 20-week parental leave in the wake of their daughter’s birth.
“While the Duke and Duchess are on parental leave, Archewell will continue to do important work and publish stories on the site,” Meghan and Harry announced on their website.
Roya Nikkhah, royal editor of The Sunday Times, spoke out on Monday to address Meghan and Harry’s decision to both go on parental leave.
“It has been a turbulent year, I don’t think you can get away from that, but I think for Harry and Meghan, they’ve talked about how excited they were to complete their family,” Nikkhah said, according to The Express. “They’ve now got their much-longed for daughter. They’ll take a little bit of time away from the public spotlight just to have a bit of family time.”
“A royal baby is always a great time of joy, usually a national celebration over here,” she added. “I think it will land well and hopefully ease the path to a slightly less rocky year ahead.”