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Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Welcome Baby No. 2 — And Her Name Is A Sweet Nod To Princess Diana & Queen Elizabeth

Jun. 6 2021, Published 12:47 p.m. ET

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She's finally here! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed baby No. 2 into their lives on June 4, it was announced on Sunday, June 6.

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"It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world," a spokesperson for the couple said.

"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," the statement said, adding that the new tot weighs 7lbs 11 oz and "both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home."

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"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 statement added. "This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family."

Just a few days ago, a source predicted that the couple would name their darling daughter after the 95-year-old matriarch.

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"It would be a lovely nod to The Queen who was known as 'Lillibet' during her childhood but it's also always been one of Harry's favourite names," a source told the U.K.'s OK! magazine. "Back in 2019 when the Duchess was pregnant with Archie, she and Harry took part in a walkabout in Merseyside and someone in the crowd later revealed he'd asked her how she spells her daughter's — Lily. He took great interest in it."

Meanwhile, royal expert Katie Nicholl thought Meghan and Harry — who relocated to California in 2020 — would want to pay tribute to Harry's late mother, Princess Diana, who died in 1997.

"I absolutely think that they will want to include Diana as perhaps one of the names for their little girl," she shared. "Maybe not in her first name, but I am sure it's very high up on the list in terms of a second Christian name, and I think that is quite simply because it would be [a way] for Harry to pay tribute to his mother. Of course, the Cambridges gave Charlotte Diana as a middle name, I don't think that precludes Harry and Meghan from doing that type of same thing. I think it's very likely to be chosen as a middle name."

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