I genuinely thought that the Duchess of Sussex was due later in June. Meghan said, in the Oprah interview, that she was due “in the summer,” and for some reason, I really thought we had a few more weeks to go! I even said that in this week’s Gossip with Celebitchy podcast. I also thought it was a strong possibility that Lil’ Montecito would be a Cancer and not a Gemini. Nope on all of that! My bad. I was wrong! Meghan gave birth on Friday to a little Gemini baby girl named Lilibet Diana.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are now a family of four! The Duchess of Sussex welcomed the couple’s second child — a baby girl — on Friday.
“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,” read a statement from the couple released on Sunday.
“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,” the 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. The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.”
Lili! Lilibet Diana. I take that to mean that she’ll go by the nickname Lili. Which is a flower name, so we were right about that, at least. Glad they didn’t name the child Philippa, good lord. There was also a story this weekend about how Meghan was due on Philip’s 100th birthday, which is the 10th. I’m sort of glad that it didn’t happen on his birthday though. Also: how great is it that Meghan gave birth on Friday and they got to announce the news on their own schedule? It wasn’t leaked to TMZ or the Daily Mail!!
As for the name… we figured that “Diana” would be in there. Lilibet is genuinely a surprise, just because that was one of the names shortlisted by the gambling sites. I take it to mean that Harry still has a great deal of affection for his grandmother, and that Meghan doesn’t blame the Queen for what happened in the UK. Oh well! Congrats to the family of four!
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