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Meghan and Harry welcome second child

LONDON: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a daughter, the second child for her and Prince Harry, the couple announced in a statement today (Sunday).

A spokesperson for Prince Harry and Meghan said the couple welcomed their child Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor at 11:40am on Friday. Their daughter weighed in at 7 lbs, 11 oz.

“Lili was born in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital,” he said, adding that the new arrival weighed in at 7lbs 11 oz (3.49 kilos) and that “both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.”

The spokesperson further 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.”

In a message on their Archewell foundation website, Meghan and Harry said they had been “blessed” by their daughter’s arrival. “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. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family,” the statement added.

No photos of the newborn or the Sussexes accompanied the announcement. Harry and American actor Meghan Markle married at Windsor Castle in May 2018. Their son Archie was born a year later.

In early 2020, Meghan and Harry announced they were quitting royal duties and moving to North America, citing what they said were the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media. They live in Montecito, a posh area near Santa Barbara, California.