How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry shared the arrival of second child Lilibet Diana on the Archewell website
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex today welcomed the latest addition to their family – a daughter named Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
But the way Harry and Meghan made the announcement was a world away from the formal statement Buckingham Palace made in 2019 after their son Archie, two, was born.
Since leaving their position at The Firm last January, the couple have been given the freedom to announce the birth of their daughter however they wish.
Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara weighing 7 pounds 11 oz, and would have to settle in at home.
Prince Harry (pictured with Meghan two days after Archie’s birth) and Meghan Markle’s second child were born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara weighing 7 pounds 11 oz, and would settle at home
In a message of thanks from Meghan and Harry on their Archewell website, the Duke and Duchess said: ‘On June 4 we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.
“She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we have felt from all over the world. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
The couple were allowed to keep the birth a secret until they were ready, while when Archie was born, an announcement was made when Meghan was going into labour.
Not only this, but the couple was able to make a statement in their own voices thanking the public for their support — an announcement that was notably absent after Archie’s birth.
Since leaving their position at The Firm last January, the couple have been given the freedom to announce the birth of their daughter however they wish. Pictured: A press release from the Sussex Press Secretary announcing the birth of their daughter
Not only this, but the couple was able to make a statement in their own voices thanking the public for their support — an announcement that was notably absent after Archie’s birth. Pictured: The Palace’s announcement after Archie’s birth on May 6, 2019
The announcement of Archie’s birth on May 6, 2019 came straight from the palace and was remarkably sterile in the episode, even up to the given time in military style and wording.
While Buckingham Palace’s 2019 announcement read that Meghan “had safely given birth to a son at 0526 this morning,” the statement from today’s Sussexes simply said: “Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 AM.”
It read: ‘Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a son safely at 0526 this morning. The baby weighs 7lbs 3oz. The Duke of Sussex was present at the birth.’
The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and delighted at the news. The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, overjoyed at the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage.’
“Her Royal Highness and the baby are both fine.”
Pictured: Prince Harry and Meghan with Archie in Cape Town on September 25, 2019
The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a daughter named Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, after the family name for the Queen and the Duke’s mother, Princess Diana, who died in 1997
However, the Sussexes’ press secretary released a statement this afternoon that seemed to have much more character and warmth.
WHERE DOES HARRY AND MEGHAN’S DAUGHTER LILI FALL IN THE LINE OF FOLLOW-UP?
Lili is eighth in line to the throne. The first seven places remain unchanged: the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Harry and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
Harry kept his place in the line of succession despite leaving royal life and dropping his HRH style.
With the arrival of Harry and Meghan’s new addition to the family, the Duke of York, who was born second in line in 1960, has dropped to ninth place.
Andrew retired from performing royal duties in 2019 after his controversial Newsnight interview about his friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The girl is named Lilibet after the nickname of the Queen’s family, but she will be known as Lili. She has entered the line of succession behind her older brother Archie.
Andrew’s eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice, has moved up to 10th in line.
His youngest, Princess Eugenie, has fallen out of the top 10 to 11th in line, and her son August has moved up to 12th, the Earl of Wessex to 13th and the Princess Royal to 16th.
There will be even more changes in the fall, when Beatrice’s baby arrives and becomes the 11th in line.
Lili is the Queen’s eleventh great-grandchild and the first of the great-grandchildren of the Prince and Duke of Edinburgh born since Philip’s death in April.
For hundreds of years, the Royal Marriages Act 1772 meant that descendants of George II had to seek the sovereign’s permission before getting married, or their marriages would be considered invalid.
But this act was repealed by the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, which limited permission to only the first six people in the line of succession.
It read: ‘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.
Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. under the trusted care of the doctors and staff of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California. She weighed 7lbs 11oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and are starting to get used to it at home.
‘Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, whose family name is Lilibet.
Her middle name, Diana, was chosen in honor of her beloved late grandmother, the Princess of Wales.
This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son, 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.”
When Archie was two days old, the Sussexes presented their newborn baby to the world during an official photo shoot at Windsor Castle.
But now they are not obliged to participate in an official photo shoot with their daughter, or to present her to the world in such a formal way.
There was some expectation that the couple would use their daughter’s birth as an opportunity to associate their personal celebration with their charitable work.
And the Sussexes have done this by asking anyone who wants to send a gift to support organizations working for women and girls.
A message on the Archewell website reads: ‘For those who have questions about gift sending, please support or learn more about these organizations that work for women and girls: Girls Inc., Harvest Home , CAMFED or Myna Mahila Foundation.”
The pair made similar nods to charity when making previous celebratory announcements, such as Archie’s birthday and their wedding anniversary.
Last month on their third wedding anniversary, the Archewell Foundation announced its plans to build its next Community Relief Center in India.
And for Archie’s second birthday this year, the couple encouraged the public to donate to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
Despite Harry and Meghan quitting as senior working royals, the baby still has a place in the line of succession.
She is eighth in line to the throne, after Archie, who is seventh, and before the Duke of York, who has fallen to ninth.
The new baby is also a cousin to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and a fifth grandchild for Charles, but will grow up across the Atlantic, thousands of miles away from the royal family – at a time of heartbreak and division within the Windsors.
Harry and Meghan revealed they were expecting a girl in March during their explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Her arrival follows the grief the couple suffered when the 39-year-old Duchess miscarried in the summer of 2020.
In November, former Suits actress Meghan wrote in a very personal New York Times article, “I knew as I held my firstborn that I was going to lose my second.”
The Sussexes announced they were expecting again on Valentine’s Day and released a black and white photo of themselves sitting under a tree in Los Angeles.